Two events for Carnegie
1. We urgently need students to form a shadowing group and represent the College at the annual schools shadowing event to be held this year at Tavistock College on Wednesday 19th June.
If you think you might be interested in having fun and taking part just drop into the Library or speak to Miss Strongman in the English Department.
2. Carnegie Judges vs Tavistock Students
All staff and students are invited to take part - Join the debate, read a book and give it a score
We’ve allocated a coloured book to each of the titles. Why don’t you read one (or all 8 if you’re up to it) of the shortlisted books, give it a score out of 10 and add to the display in the Library. How many books can you read before 19th June? We’ll tot up all your scores and compare our winner with the official choice and see if you agree!
The run up to World Book Day this year was especially exciting with a Scholastic Book Fair running for a week giving everyone a chance to spend their World Book Day vouchers, and a talk to year 7 by author Katherine Roberts. Katherine read from the first book in her Pendragon series, ‘Sword of Light’ a story set in the time of King Arthur. The heroine Rhianna Pendragon, is the secret daughter of Arthur and Guinevere. Raised in ignorance of her parentage she had been taken by Merlin to enchanted Avalon as a baby for protection against the evil Mordred. She finds out her true parentage when Arthur dies and now as the King’s heir she must go on a quest: to search for the four magical Lights with the power to restore Arthur’s soul to his body. The Year 7s were hooked by the story, commenting "she made me want to read the book because she made it sound really interesting", "it was inspiring" and "I was really excited to see an author". Many used their World Book Day vouchers to help pay for a signed copy of one of the books in the series.
As part of the celebrations competitions were running on the website and in the Library and a display of the specially published, free £1.00 World Book Day books allowed students to see what else they could exchange their vouchers for!
Congratulations to all our competition winners.
Following on from the successful introduction of the accelerated reading scheme in November the library has now introduced an ‘100%’ board.
All Year 7 students who achieve 100% in the ‘Accelerated Reader’ quiz have a certificate to take home, a small prize and now their name added to the 100%ers board. They then add a star to their name for every new 100% they score. It gives them an instant, visual record of success and they really like adding their new stars themselves
Coming soon – ‘Target Crunchers ‘ - all students who have aced their targets will be named and famed!
Thanks to generous funding by the Year Seven and Eight PTAs students can now enjoy the new Library ‘Bean Bags’.
The soft seating is part of an aim to make the Library really user friendly and is already encouraging students to stop and read.
Once again, and thanks to the partnership between the College Library and the charity Booktrust, every Year 7 student in the College was able again, in September, to choose a free book from an exciting list of 13.
The idea - to encourage them to develop a good reading habit by giving them a free book they will really enjoy. The exciting titles ranged from fiction to non-fiction, poetry and science to mystery, horror and fantasy, something for everyone!
Students have been regularly calling in ever since and asking if their books have arrived so it felt like an early Christmas when they all did and I could hand them out to excited students! Happy reading year 7!
Halloween Fun – in the Library
This proved very popular with students who really got into the ‘spirit’ of it! Congratulations to all the ‘ghoulishly clever winners of the competitions!
Don't forget to collect your prizes from the Library.
Awarded annually the CILIP Carnegie Medal is considered to be the UK’s most important children’s literature award. Although there is no prize money writers often describe Carnegie as the one they want to win! The winner is chosen from a shortlist of 8 books by a panel of Librarians.
In partnership, the English department and the Library took a group of 6 students to Plymouth High for the annual inter-schools ‘Carnegie Book Shadowing Event’ on Thursday 14th June to celebrate books and reading and to parallel the official judging taking place in London. Local colleges each delivered 10 minute presentations championing their allocated book (ours was ‘Between Shades of Gray’ by Ruta Sepetys).
Students met and mingled with those from other colleges, listened to a local author, took part in a creative writing workshop and had a wonderful time! The collective vote for best shortlisted book by those present matched with the official winner announced on the Carnegie website at noon which was ‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness!
Kathy Worrall, Librarian
For the last four years the College has run a successful ‘Paired Reading’ scheme whereby Sixth Form students give up their time twice a week to support some Year7-8 students who, it is felt, would benefit from regular reading practice. Some of this year’s team are pictured celebrating another successful programme with a final thank-you breakfast part. At the party prizes were given out to the most successful partners and the Sixth Form volunteers were presented with well-deserved letters of appreciation and thanks for all the time and effort spent. It is schemes like this where students generously help each other that really make this a ‘Community College’.
Kathy Worrall Librarian