To celebrate 80 years of the Carnegie Medal for the best written book in the English language, as judged by a panel of 13 children’s librarians, Backwell’s Shadowing Group travelled to Churchill Academy for lunch. Over 40 students joined their Librarians to participate in Carnegie themed activities and competitions while they got to know each other better.
Mixed teams entered the Big Carnegie Quiz which tested the detail of their reading, and also a Roll-a-story competition. English teacher, Mrs Strachan is seen here reading the winners after she had marked them all; click on the links below to read the winner and runner up.
Churchill provided us with lunch and as is out tradition now, the visitors brought cake to help deal with the anticipation before the winner was announced. (The bin for the CAPITAL LETTERS is my cheeky favourite – inspired by stars of oktober bend!) Headmaster, Mr Hildrew opened the envelope and we were thrilled that the adult judges had chose the same title, Salt to the Sea as we had done (see previous blog post about our Skype interview with the author Ruta Sepetys)
Go to our homepage on the Carnegie Shadowing site to read the many reviews students uploaded before the day,and the main Carnegie Greenaway Award site for more information about the Carnegie Award and the Shadowing Scheme.
All in all, a wonderful day with a great outcome. Many, many thanks to Churchill Librarians, Mrs Dibble and Mrs McGilloway for their tremendous preparation, Mrs Strachan for her expert marking and the Academy students for being so welcoming! We are now looking forward to next year and maybe a slightly different format for our day of Celebration.