Successful Book Fair 2015

Book Fair 2015 seems ages ago, as the Library Ladiez have been too busy to report! But we are pleased to announce that business was as brisk as ever and we took a staggering £1400 over the 5 days surrounding World Book Day. All Y7-9 students came in to take a look and receive their WBD tokens, many of which were spent at the fair itself.


And it wasn’t just all about books. Here we have DIY Minecraft, particularly enjoyed by the girls on a rainy lunchtime:


We had our expert Sales Team, Proby and Gemma to run the busy lunchtime sessions. What would we do without them!


Friday afternoon was spent collecting our healthy commission from the shelves before the Fair returned to Scholastic. Three students from Education Support came over with Mrs Gregory and made choices for the growing collection of books in their centre, while the Library Ladiez selected new titles for the Library. We will also be purchasing a new set of class readers for the English Department.

ES choosing

Many thanks to everyone who participated and sent in, or spent money!



World Book Day rolling story for Y8

Our rolling story, Oranges in no-man’s land by Elizabeth Laird, was a first here at Backwell. Each Y8 Tutor Group heard a 10 minute instalment at the start of every lesson throughout the day until by 3.30pm they had reached the satisfying conclusion. The logistics were complicated as you can imagine, involving 9 classes, 7 lesson periods and 63 storytellers and of course, finding a story with suitable content and of  suitable length was not easy either (Thank you Mrs Gibson and Mrs George)! Mr McGloin provided tutors with a thought provoking concluding session for the following day so that students could discuss the issues they had encountered through the medium of story-telling. We have been receiving great feedback from students AND staff ever since.

Y8 story - Oranges

Many comments have been, “We should do it more often!” The library Ladiez quite agree and might roll it out to Y7 next year – or we may not even wait that long!

The Challenge is over and we have a winner!


Final Scores

After 3 months of frenetic reading and reviewing by students, and checking, photocopying and merit-giving by the Library Ladiez, we have several winners for our Y7 Reading Challenge (to read the height of an average Y7 student in 3 months)

The Winning Tutor Group was 7C2 for reaching a staggering height of 2.62m.

7C2 winners

Heather and Michael also won prizes for reading the most books and pages in their Tutor Group.

And here are some of the titles they have been reading:


The Tutor Group reading the highest pile of books, with THE MOST participants, was 7S3, with 28 students reading at least one book in the time period.


The student reading the most books was Lara. 22 books in total! And the one reading the most pages was Argentine. 5893 pages in total!

Books & pages winners

Whilst we are sure the results are fairly reliable, students were responsible for completing entries in their Reading passports and bringing in the books that they had read from home. A few have probably been missed off. All Library books read were added to the piles as they were returned.

The Library Ladiez have also been able to study the books read by our 11-12 year olds and whilst impressed with the interest in reading, they feel that many students should now be really challenging themselves with their reading. We have lost count of the number of times we added Wimpy kid: The long haul, Awful Auntie and Girl online to each total (obviously the most popular Christmas presents!) We will be focusing on stretching yourself by trying new genres, authors and series during Reading Lessons over the next couple of months. Watch this space for our suggestions!