Author visit : We started our Book Week Scotland celebrations by inviting author Barbara Henderson into school. Barbara was here to talk to four S1 classes about her eco-thriller Wilderness Wars. The novel asks the question: what if nature fights back? and is a fast-paced adventure story which explores our relationship with nature.… Pupils found the talk really entertaining. Feedback was extremely positive
Throughout the week the following events took place:
- I am currently reading……….. posters appeared on classroom doors so pupils could find out what their teachers were reading.
- DEAR Library (Drop Everything And Read) took place in the library during Library club on Wednesday 13th November at lunchtime
- Most Despicable Character from a Book Competition. Pupils had to decide upon a character and give their reasons. We had a good response – Voldemort seemed to be the favourite!
- The annual Big Book House Quiz was held on the 20th November. Team Mo Bamba won with Dumbledore’s Army a close runner up.
The shortlist for the GCBA 2020 award has just been announced. The six books are as follows :
Last bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron
The disconnect by Keren David
A good girl’s guide to murder by Holly Jackson
D-Day dog by Tom Palmer
The boy at the back of the class by Onjani Rauf
The dog who saved the world by Ross Welford
For more information have a look at the GCBA website https://gcbookaward.wixsite.com/gcba
The author, Linda Strachan visited the school for a session with three of the S1 classes. Linda writes for all ages (she is responsible for the Hamish McHaggis series) but it was her gritty teen titles – Spider, Dead boy talking and Don’t judge me – that she was here to talk about. She told us how she got inspiration, how she researched her ideas and also read extracts from her books which had us all intrigued. It was obvious that the pupils enjoyed the visit. Quite a few purchased one of her books on the day and library copies are still in great demand. Here is some of the feedback we received:
“Interesting – especially finding out about how an author gets inspiration or research. I also liked that the books had a “message” behind the story eg Don’t Judge Me is about trust and judging someone from what you see and know”
“Linda was very inspirational for all the pupils here. Her books look so detailed, fun and lots more”
“I really enjoyed Linda’s talk because it really made me understand what she does to get an idea of what the characters go through and what they feel”
“I think she was awesome. I loved how she said every word with emotion”
“I think it was very interesting and having the privilege of having an author here is cool”
“I thought Linda’s talk was very interesting and I loved getting to know the research that goes into her books”
“I thought it was wonderful! I loved listening to the author talk about her books”
“I loved it and the books are awesome! Helped me with my writing”
“It was very interesting and nice meeting and finding out about Linda Strachan and her books. It would be nice to do this more often”
“She has made me start reading again”
To mark World Book Day, as well as a Reading is Power display we ran the following special activities:
Library competition – match the character to the book. Pupils had to track down members of staff who were wearing character badges and identify the book. This created a real buzz around the school.
Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) – pupils were invited along to the Library at break and lunchtime for books, biscuits and banter. They could also pick up one of three WBD books.
The graphic novelist Edward Ross came to the school to give a workshop to three S1 classes. Edward is the author and artist behind Filmish : a graphic journey through film and is passionate about comics. He discussed his work and gave pupils tips about creating comic book characters. Pupils then had the chance to design their own comic. The feedback we received following the visit was very positive. Here are some of the comments:
“it inspired me and I went home and did a bunch of artwork about my comic”
“I love comics. It was amazing”
“I thought the visit was innovative, exciting, interesting”
The shortlist for the GCBA 2019 has been announced. Go to http://gcbookaward.wixsite.com/gcba for more information on each of the books.
Feeling anxious? Worried about exam pressures or friendships? Come and have a browse in our new and expanded Shelf Help section in the Library. Here you will find books, leaflets and sources of information that offer help and advice on all sorts of stresses and problems.
On the 12th of June we celebrated Empathy Day. We encouraged pupils and staff to #read for empathy by compiling a book list and a display of books that encourage empathy in the reader. We also ran a competition where pupils recommended a book that had helped them understand someone else and a sentence describing why. All entries were displayed on an Empathy Wall with pupils with the best entries receiving a prize.
“I enjoyed the author’s visit, it was interesting to hear the inspiration for the novel and how her book was published”
“It was a great book and I loved it being read to us”
“It was amazing, I really liked it”
“I really enjoyed the chapter she read. It got me really into the book and made me want to buy it”
This is some of the feedback we received following Christina Banach’s visit to the school on the Tuesday before the Easter holidays. Christina is the author of Minty, a contemporary ghost story set in Fife, which concerns fourteen year old twins Minty and Jess. All S1 classes attended the talk where Christina told us about her writing, her inspiration and how her book was published. She also read us a particularly dramatic part of the book where we discovered what had become of Minty after she attempted to rescue her dog from the sea. A real twist in the tale! She rounded off her visit by talking about teen fiction in general and finished with a signing when pupils had the chance to purchase a copy of the book. It was an extremely entertaining session and the pupils seemed to get a lot out of it. Minty is now in great demand in the Library – our two copies have a long waiting list.
This year we decided to ask teachers and support staff to choose their all-time favourite book. We had a good response. The results ranged from classics such as One Hundred Years of Solitude and The Handmaid’s Tale to titles from childhood such as The Secret Garden and The Magic Faraway Tree. All are on display in the Library – come and see what your teacher picked