Competitions for the Book Fair (coming soon!)

Book Fair banner

We are busy preparing for World Book Day (1st March) and as usual the Scholastic Book Fair will be in the library for the whole week. Y7-9 students will all visit during an English Lesson and will receive their WBD £1 voucher which can be spent at the Fair or taken away to use in a participating book shop.

We have been running competitions with all classes during Library Lessons – Y8s are putting screen characters with their book titles and Y9s are deciphering Book Tweets.

Keeping with our recent Harry Potter theme (it was Bloomsbury’s Harry Potter Night on February 1st) Y7 have been given a flyer asking them to compose an acrostic poem using a character or spell from the books/films. We hope this makes a nice half term activity. Details are below and poems need to be with us by 25th February.

2018 flyer home



Potter Mania

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Following on from the runaway success of last year’s quiz to celebrate Bloomsbury’s Harry Potter Night, we ran another this year for Y8 and Y9 teams (and one from the English Department!) Thirteen teams in all battled it out with a newly designed quiz including a Whose wand? Round and NEWTS Round with the returning 2017 winners hopeful of reclaiming their crown. As ever the Library Ladies produced some magical nibbles and butter beer (from their own secret recipe!) and two lovely students produced HP cakes. 6th form students helped run events and managed the scores. We were thrilled to see some students really swept away by turning up in robes, scarves and with important Hogwarts equipment!


Unfortunately for the returning winners (and the English Department) competition was fierce, especially from Y8 teams. The winners were:

1     S.P.E.W  (33/44 points)

2     Four Champions   (32/44)

3     Honeydukes / The Niffler Puffs   (30/44)

Many thanks to everyone for helping joining in with such gusto – and here’s to next year – Cheers!



Y7 Battle of the Bookatrons

We haven’t had time to post this year, but couldn’t leave for the Christmas holidays without sharing delicious photos of our annual Battle of the Bookatrons. Year 7 have settled nicely into Library Land and are borrowing well. They, as always, jumped at the chance to pit their literary wits against one another and formed 10 teams for a lunchtime quiz on old favourites , including Tom Gates, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and a pesky little General Round to sift out the really keen readers!

The Library ladiez (and their lovely volunteer Mrs Ivens) provided Poly-juice potion, prawn cocktail crisps, caramel wavers and Bertie Bogtrotter Brownies. The English Teachers turned out in force to add some drama to the David Walliams round and Headmaster, Mr Nunes, announced the winners:

winning team name plates

Winning teams

Made to reados

Booby prize for this team name!!!

Book Fair preparations are underway

We have begun promoting the Scholastic Book Fair to Y7,8,9 students before the 1/2 term holiday. It will be in school from 27th February – 3rd March in the Library.

Scholastic always give us £5 Book Tokens to offer as prizes and we are running competitions for them in Y8 and Y9 Library Lessons. Y7s are being encouraged to compose a Harry Potter Acrostic Poem over the holiday period to be handed in to the Library Ladiez by 24th February. The Book Tokens can be spent at the Book Fair.




Our first attempt to celebrate Bloomsbury’s Harry Potter Night and we are asking ourselves WHY haven’t we done this before! We have run a very successful Y7 Christmas quiz (Battle of the Bookatrons) for years and maybe assumed older students wouldn’t be so keen to partake. How wrong could we be!!

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Ten teams from Y8 and Y9 rocked in for a lunchtime event, high on excitement before we had even started. Some just wanted to join in with a quiz, others had practiced their HP knowledge seriously over the past two weeks and the teachers’ team were just outright competitive!

I think we feared if we couldn’t put on such a perfectly decorated event as other schools, a half-hearted activity wouldn’t work. But we really needn’t have worried. A few imaginatively designed snacks, student baked cakes, a sorting hat and HP glasses were all we needed. Prizes were bought from Scholastic (HP Journals and light-up wand pens) with our Book Fair points and we added a few books left over from the fair too. Our biggest concern was the Butter Beer Recipe – needing something quick, easy and cheap. (Inbox us if you wish details!) We opened with a soundtrack from Youtube and ran five rounds with about 10 questions in each, using pictures and gifs on a powerpoint to add variety.

BIG THANKS to Churchill and Hans Price Academies for sharing their quizzes to inspire us. And to our Scores-on-the-doors assistants, the English Department for joining us at the last minute (maybe we should run a separate Staff Quiz!!!) Mr Nunes for announcing the winners, and the lovely students who went to the trouble of baking the most amazing cakes.

YES, we will be running this again – and are also planning less formal termly quizzes in our Reading Room. Maybe we could find some student Quiz Masters to compile and run them.







Blackout Poetry Competition

Our annual whole school competition this year, was Blackout Poetry.


Open to all students and staff, we received 160 entries of amazing quality – both chosen words and artwork. However to be in with a chance of winning, the words DID have to make some sense, and the artwork did have to enhance the poetic result – and we have to say, it was much harder than we first thought!

It was so difficult to judge all the entries, that the Library Ladiez employed students to assist them. So, without further ado, here they are:

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Winners are receiving chocolatey prizes today, along with a card containing their entry. Well done and thank you to all who joined in with the spirit.



Book Fair Competitions

Well, we are off to a flying start with the Book Fair! 11 classes through at the half-way point and massive takings yesterday. We are expecting another busy day today with this chilly wet weather. Thank you so much to all students (and their lovely parents for supporting us!)

The competitions for £5 book tokens to be spent at the fair have been judged,  and the winners are:

Y9  Tweet Titles: Jules 9S1 & Becky 9C2

Y8   Good Beginnings: Joss 8S2 & Eloise 8Q2

Y7   Harry Potter acrostic poem winners:  Ed 7Q3 & Izzy 7M1                                                  chosen by the Carnegie Reading Group