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     

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!

The Book Thief : inter-house film review competition

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We are showing The Book Thief in the Drama Theatre over 3 lunchtimes next week. Years 8 and above are welcome to view the film of the famous book, written by Marcus Zusak (several copies in the library) 

We are also running an inter-house competition – for the best film review. You can pick up an entry form on the day. There will be prizes!

If you wish to get ahead, then why not borrow a copy of the book from the library? Read it and then you can also decide whether the film does it justice.

Year 7 Reading challenge for 2015

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Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a lovely Christmas and wish you all the best for the New Year.

Of course, being Library Ladiez, we wish everyone would read even more this year. So, we have set the Year 7 Tutor Groups a challenge for this term: to read the height of an average Y7 student (1.5m tall). All students have silent reading once a week in tutor time and a fortnightly Reading Lesson, but they must keep up their reading at home to help their group pile up the books.

It doesn’t matter – fast or slow reader, it will all add up. (If each student read 2 books in the time period the group would reach 1.5m)

And of course each Tutor could assist by adding their books to the pile!!

We will be updating you over the next 6 weeks, with the reading leaders. So, in the mean time:

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