Fantastic Book Fair

We have had an amazing week with the Scholastic Book Fair ensconced in the Library Reading Room.


All Y7-9 classes have been in to view while collecting their World Book Day £1 vouchers, and we have been open every lunchtime with our trusty shop assistants (recruited from the Carnegie Reading Group)


It is great to see everyone so excited about new books (thought it might just be the Library Ladiez who liked that new-book-smell!)

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By Friday afternoon our takings had rocketed up to £1400! We have begun taking out books on commission already, along with students from Education Support!

We would like to send out HUGE THANKS to all who supported us and

HAPPY READING over the weekend.




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     

Scholastic Book Fair Feb 29 – March 3

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Click here for the Teen Fest 2016 site The Scholastic Book Fair is in school next week: 29th February until 4th  March to coincide with World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March.

Flyers have gone home with all Y7-9 students to offer a taste of what will be in store. You can see it here: 2016 flyer home

Students will visit with their English teacher during a lesson and receive their World Book Day £1 Voucher at the same time. Of course we would like them to spend the voucher with us, but students are welcome to take them away to use in a bookstore of their choice. The Fair will also be open every lunchtime for students to visit as they wish.

Our Book Fairs are always extremely successful and the school takes 60% in commission which is spent on books for the Library, reading materials for Education Support and group readers for the English Department.

Your support is very much appreciated.

If you are a great book fan, or looking for ideas for what to read next, take a look at:

Teen book fest 2016

Click here to follow some great live activities, 2 + 3 March from 6-8pm:

  • watch a live Periscope show with WBD author Juno Dawson, performance poet Lemn Sissay and other top authors
  • ask questions directly to your favourite authors on Facebook and Twitter
  • get top tips and new skills for Instagram, blog post- writing and editing videos
  • take part in our live YA Bumper Book quiz
  • follow our Author Instagram Takeover
  • PLUS! Loads of great competitions and giveaways!

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!

World Book Day, World Book Night – Library 24/7

This post is reporting back on the long gone, World Book Day Scholastic Book Fair and our recent World Book Night celebrations.

The Library Ladiez were thrilled with this year’s response to the Book fair and takings were up – totalling £1500!! This meant a healthy commission which was spent on titles for the Reading Room, competition prizes and a fresh set of books chosen by students for the ever growing collection in Education Support. WORLD BOOK DAY itself was a gloomy day but we were very busy. Here are a few sneaky pictures to prove that School Libraries are still very much alive and kicking:

WORLD BOOK NIGHT soon followed and Mrs Gibson along with Miss Usoro, Mr Rome, Mr Pritchard, Mrs Withers and Miss Cowles were chosen to be givers. we had 85 books in total – 5 of our favourite titles and could not believe the speed with which they disappeared. 10 minutes was all it took, we even had sweets left over. #proofthatteenagerstillenjoyreadingarealbook

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We have to thank the lovely Mrs Reynolds who asked to “give” WBN book, The Recruit by Robert Muchamore as her granddaughter had told her that boys are not keen readers. We used Mr Conkie’s marvelous Random Generator during a Y7 assembly to choose lucky recipiants, both boys and girls. The Library Ladiez have noticed Robert Muchamore’s books disappearing from the shelves as a result and one girl told us she was borrowing for her Mum!! #jobdone

Book Fair busy, busy, busy!

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Only 2 days in, and we are doing a roaring trade. Students are enjoying browsing a large range of books, posters and stationary and spending like mad!

Many thanks go to the English Team who are bringing their classes in during lesson time for their introduction and to recieve their World Book Day £1 vouchers. More thanks to our two lovely Lunchtime Assistants who are keeping us organised while the library itself operates as usual. The Book Fair will be open every lunchtime this week for anyone who wishes to pop in.

Watch out tomorrow as we give out the prizes for the competitions we have been running – £5 Book Tokens for 6 lucky winners.