Year 12 Researchers visit UWE Library

20 Year 12 students who are hoping to complete an Extended Project this summer visited the Library at the Frenchay Campus of UWE on Friday, with Mr Langford, Mrs Browne and Mrs Gibson. They were given a tour of the facilities which takes over 3 floors: one for group work, one quiet and one silent (“it’s bigger than our whole school” one student exclaimed and they may not be far wrong!). There were books, journals, statistics, law papers, as well as e books and online databases.  Geoff Cole, the Schools Support Librarian, gave us an introduction to facilities and resources available, showing us how to use the website to search. Students then had a couple of hours to search for and use resources for their projects.

The library at the Frenchay Campus

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If any students or teachers have queries about UWE Libraries or researching their project, please come in and ask Mrs Gibson, who will be happy to help (when she is not dreaming of 3 floors worth of library!).


Between Shades of Gray – a winner with us!

Click here to watch a short documentary about how Ruta came to write this amazing story about a piece of forgotten history.

The majority of our Reading Group voted for this title by new author Ruta Sepetys to win the Carnegie Book Award. A harrowing but uplifting story of a Lithuanian family deported by the Russians to a prison camp on the edge of Siberia.  Between Shades of Gray is an absorbing novel that holds you all the way through as it reveals the miraculous nature of the human spirit.

Look at Megan’s lovely book box to get a flavour of the story

Borrow it from the library and you will never view life in the same way again.

Carnegie Cakes, Quizzes, Debate and Friendship.

Whew! What a day!

The Library was closed for the annual Carnegie Lunch with Churchill Academy students and became a very different place from usual!

We mixed ourselves up and worked in groups of 4 on games and quizzes – all based on the 8 shortlisted titles for the Carnegie Book Award. After a break for a delicious lunch, we started our debate about which book should win the final accolade of “the best written book” of the year. To spice things up Mrs Gibson had devised  tableaux (one from each of the books) for the teams to recreate, to introduce each book to be discussed.

Mr Baldwin was able to join us to open the envelope containing the winner as chosen by the adult judges. Unfortunately it wasn’t our favourite, but interestingly it also won the sister award, The Kate Greenaway, for the best illustrated book. This is an historic event, and the Library Ladiez have to say that the awards have gone to two exceptionally talented men, Patrick Ness and Jim Kay for A Monster Calls.


Oh, and did I mention the cakes? Well, they were a sight to behold:

Everybody Jam tarts, Small Change for Stuart telephone box, Midnight Zoo chocolate fudge special, Shades of Gray frosted sponge and Trash Stuppa cupcakes.

….and didn’t last long after Churchill judged Midnight Zoo the winning cake!

Other students had created Book Boxes to promote their favourites – look out for them on display in the library after Activities Week and Emma provided the super hand-made bookcover centrepieces for all the tables. A big THANK YOU to them all!

A monster calls: the winning book box

We were sad to see our new friends leave, but have promised to stay in touch via Skype, until next year!