Congratulations to Charley W and Chi-Yan N of 9-5 who were the first pupils to get a bar of chocolate from the Year 9 Library Loyalty Scheme. Since their English class visited the library on December 1st, they’ve returned 4 more times to take out books. If you are in Year 9 and haven’t yet got a Loyalty Card, drop in on Wednesdays at Rec or Friday lunchtime to get yours. You’ll get a bar of chocolate on every 5th visit to take out books. (Terms and Conditions apply!)
Congratulations to the following students who won the Summer Reading Challenge – 20 for 2020.
Ikshita S (Year 7)
Ranea B (Year 8)
Priya V (Year 9)
Anisha M (VI Form)
A special mention to Mrs Gill, who was the only member of staff to read one book from each category! Also, to Mr Adshead who read all 41 Discworld novels!
Huge thanks to everyone who joined in.
One of our librarians, Safiyyah S, Year 11, have won a book review competition and was nominated A Reading Cloud Star Reviewer!
Capita Reading Cloud said: “Safiyyah has blown our team away with her book review on “The Life You Can Save” by Peter Singer. Our Star reviewer Judge, Sue Polchow said “Safiyyah’s thought provoking and heartfelt review challenges the reader to pick up and consider “The Life You Can Save’ and make a difference by doing so.’”
Safiyyah will receive a Student Star Reviewer Certificate and National Book Token worth £15 and her review is also be published on the ReadingCloud website.
Congratulations to Naomi from Year 8 (pictured to the right of her friend Ayanfe), one of the winners of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Naomi will be taking over the library budget this term and selecting the books we buy for you to read.
Well done to Alekhya in Year 10, our other Summer Reading Challenge winner. Alekhya read an astonishing 20 books over the summer holidays and won a box of Krispy Kreme donuts for her efforts.
Congratulations to everyone who participated. Certificates will be presented to you during assembly.
Reading regularly and reading for pleasure has a huge impact on your wellbeing and academic attainment. Try to read every day of the summer holidays if you can and join in our Summer Reading Challenge. Read at least 6 books between now and September to enter the draw to choose the books the library buys in the Autumn term. Read any 6 books from the list on the entry form and you can also win a box of Krispy Kreme donuts! Make sure you get the right list for your year group.
The books are recommendations from the librarians but remember, you don’t have to read them to enter. Try to include one non-fiction book, a graphic novel or manga, some poetry, a magazine and listen to a podcast.
Fill out the details on the back of the form and hand it in to the library in September.
Happy summer reading !
See the form for each year group below:
Year 7&8: Library-Reading-Challenge-Y7-8
Year 9&10: Library-Reading-Challenge-Y9-10
Year 11, 12 & 13: Library-Reading-Challenge-VI
Looking for something to do this summer? Oblivious to an obvious choice?
If not only for your own enjoyment, then for a little competition- the Summer Reading Challenge gives everyone something worthwhile to read.
It’s all completely up to you! Read as many books from any of the following categories as you can. But make sure you only enter one book per category. Either pick out your own book from outside school, or books that the library has categorised especially.
The winner with the most amount of books read can choose new books to join the library shelves. Which book do you keep begging for the library to get? Well, now you have a chance to choose!
Keep a record of the book title that you have read and their category- either print out the form below or go old school and write it down. Remember to include your name and form!
All entries are to be returned to the library for back to school in September. But that’s more than a month of page- turning excitment away. So for now:
Let the Summer Reading Challenge commence…
- Beach Read: take it easy- light and breezy
- Summer Romance: featuring a (preferably soppy) love story
- Overboard: sail the seven seas between the pages
- Bright as Day: the front cover has a bright image
- Take Off: fly away abroad to explore another country
- Ice- Cream Needed: book + food= amazing, book featuring food= true summer
- Strawberries and Cream: read about any summer sport
- Sun’s Out: anywhere based in a sunny land with lots of outdoors
- Season Change: a change of all the seasons in one book
- Summer Tunes: listen to an audiobook
- Lemonade and an Umbrella: a character can’t not drink a summer drink
- Not so Long and Dreary: immerse yourself into a classic
- B for Beach: read any book written by another who’s name starts with ‘B’
- Paradise Island: set on a desert Island
- Quests aren’t Holidays: a character goes on an adventure, mission or quest
- Verses of Sun: read some poetry… honestly, they’re so much better than you think!
- Flourishing: the front cover features a flower
- Giggles: read a funny book that makes you lol
- Outside the Box: crosses between universes
- Book’s Better: read a book that was later turned into a film
- Sunburnt Kids: a group of young children outside or on holiday
- Short and Sweet: read a book of short stories
- Indian Summers: read a book set in mainland India
- That’s my Name: one of the main character’s name begins with ‘T’
- Once Upon a Time: based on a fairy-tale or old folk story
- Back in Time: set in the past centuries
- Proud of Pride: in the genre of LGBT+
- Curiouser and Curiouser: something that you’ve been waiting to read for a very long time
- Glinting in the Sun: featuring a special/ magical object
- Red: read a book that has ‘red’ in its title or the colour red on it’s front cover
- Let it Out: characters argue or fight with 2 people
- Spend it: a book that costs more than £8.99 (tag on back)
- Joy: the protagonist smiles a lot
- Refreshing the Senses: involves somebody taking a splash in the pool or sea
- Go Long: a book with more than 650 pages
Don’t get the brain drain over summer and turn into a robot- interpret the titles however you wish, as long as there is some sort of plausable reason. Have fun this summer and make sure to comment below:
Which books are you most looking forward to read?
Which books do you think need to be in the library?
I agree. Reading’s hard work; especially when you’re thinking of all the other books that you just have to read. The stress of it all can make you want to skip the book you’re on- if only for the satisfaction of getting through your 49th book this year.
The book you’re reading at the moment, however breath-taking, can still become a bit of a drag when you look at the long, dreaded, ever-growing list of books to buy and read. It’s like some sort of serpent that grows longer and longer until it’s ready to coil itself around you…okay- maybe not that serious.
Sitting down (even finding the time to do that) and reading with all these distractions flying around your head can make you struggle to enjoy the present page flicking moment.
If only you had a little more time…*
1. Trust the person who brings a book. Everywhere. If there’s one advantage of technology, it’s that you can (not only read this time- consuming blog) read on your phone, kindle or kobo. Not only are they light, but super easy to carry around which means…yep! You can take your book anywhere and everywhere. Journeys to school, trips to the shops, in the car and basically wherever you want. All those small 5 minute bursts of reading will add up before you know it.
2. Remember those old-fashioned heavy lumps of papers? They were pretty popular back in the day. It can help sometimes just to change the format that you’re reading on. Don’t get put off by the weight of 459 pages. Real life, hardback paper books can be a real investment. Expensive, yes- but owning a book that’s yours- and only yours- one that you can hold in your hands and feel the weight on your hands covered with paper cuts-that’s a reading experience. Changing to either a digital or paper book could also change your attitude and motivation to reading.
3. Audiobooks. A gift from God. Whether you borrow one from the library to listen to on car journeys or download one on your phone- you can never go wrong. Unless, of course, the reader’s voice is so irritatingly annoying. In which case, I advise you to find another version of the book. When you can put up with the most terrible pronunciation of names, you can put up with anything. Think about the time you can save and how much you can read- or listen too- when walking from one place to another.
4. Shorten your too read listen. Yep- you heard me.
‘So many books, so little time’.
So use those great prioritisation skills to help you fine tune what books you really want to read. Use libraries to help- try reading a few chapters of a book before buying a copy yourself, especially if it’s a new author. You’re welcome, I’ve just saved you a ton money! Of course, the downside to a reader’s open mind is that you’ll probably end up with a few more books on your mind after a library visit. Perhaps even try a few short stories, poetry or even blogs… it is still reading after all!
5. Do you have a regular reading habit? Find a quiet place. Sitting in the same room as a sibling playing ‘fortnite’ and constantly hearing the roar of guns is not very helpful. Sit in your own comfort- try to make it a regular pattern, that way you’re more likely to stick to it. Through doing this you’re automatically reminded of the peaceful reading times you spend nearly every day at the same place.
Now- do you really have any excuses for not having the time to read? Stop reading this blog: go and find yourself a good old book.
*I am not a magical witch who can summon and create time- but there are so many ways to make time for time… so I guess I am a magical after all