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.








The Great Roald Dahl Quiz 2012

Yes, it is THAT TIME again! One of the library highlights with Year 7 – The Great Roald Dahl Quiz – where we test the indepth Dahlian knowledge of our new intake and award the winning team with booky prizes and chocolate.

This year we managed to squeeze in 13 teams of 4, enlisted the dramatic skills of most of the English Department, were scored, counted and measured by the lovely 6th Form Scores-on-the-Doors and enjoyed the chocolate delicaces and snozzlejuice conjured up by the Library Ladies.

Snozzlejuice - a very secret recipe!

Snozzlejuice – a very secret recipe!

We actually had three winning teams, all with exactly the same score – a Backwell 1st! Mr Baldwin found time to award the prizes, and enjoy some of the edible delights. Well done to the winners but more importantly, thank you to ALL who participated to make the whole event such a memorable occasion! We hope the following gallery of photos will make you smile 🙂

Roald Dahl Quiz 2011

Has someone had too much snozzlejuice?

Monday lunchtime this week saw great excitement in the library, as teams of Yr 7 students took part in the Great Roald Dahl Quiz 2011.  This event runs every year and is always hugely popular, with good reason!  The teams answered five rounds of questions on various subjects, including the life of Roald Dahl and some of his most famous characters. 

Whilst racking their brains, the teams fortified themselves with snozzlejuice (a specially guarded and very secret recipe) and Dahlian chocolatey snacks.  Competition for the winning places was tough as always, and, remarkably, all of the winning teams were ‘incomplete’, consisting of only two or three students.  In first place were the Oompa-loompas, followed in second place by the Twits, with the Twitettes coming third.  This year there were also some bonus prizes – Mrs Gibson had sneakily placed some ‘golden tickets’ underneath 4 chairs. The lucky winners received a chocolate bar!

The event was popular with teachers too, and all the English teachers were there. We even had a visit from Mr Baldwin, who couldn’t resist a glass (or two) of snozzlejuice!

Mrs Gibson with the worthy winners!

Miss Cowles and Miss Jackson join in the fun!

Mrs Wood brewing the Snozzlejuice!