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Anita Govan – Performance Poet



On Wednesday 31st August we were privileged to have Anita Govan, a performance poet, visit us to work with all S2 pupils over 2 sessions. She gave a fantastic delivery of her own work, spoke about the history of poetry and encouraged pupils in their own performances of Spike Milligan’s On The Ning Nang Nong (to great hilarity)!  The session also involved the chance of creating a slam poem but unfortunately time was against us for this to be fully developed.

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Careers Information in the Library

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The careers section of the Library has had a bit of a revamp over the holidays. Mrs Shand, our Careers Adviser,  has helped us update  our resources and has produced  display material on developing career management skills and also some very useful leaflets.  These are all on display along with Scottish university and college prospectuses and career guide books. Look out also for the large blue job vacancies folder which has details of current local jobs and apprenticeships.

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Scottish Children’s Book Award Winners Announced

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Edinburgh-based author Danny Weston has won the Older Readers (12-16 yrs) category for his book The Piper, published by Andersen Press. This is his first time winning The Scottish Children’s Book Award.

Commenting on his win, Danny said:

“I am absolutely thrilled to have won this award, especially because it has been voted for, not by critics and industry insiders, but by the people who matter most; the young readers for whom the story was actually written. Thanks to everyone who voted for ‘The Piper’. You have rocked my world.”


Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize shortlist announced

WCBP 2016 LOGO_0-150x153The shortlist for the Waterstones Children’s book prize has been announced. The prize, now in its twelfth year, aims to reward and champion new and emerging talent in children’s books.
Older Fiction:
The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle (Corgi)
Seed by Lisa Heathfield (Electric Monkey)
13 Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt (Orchard)
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Walker Books)
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury (Scholastic)
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson (David Fickling Books)
The winners will be announced on Thursday 17th March

Book Week Scotland

Book Week Scotland

Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place very November, running this year from Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th November.

At Bridge of Don we will be joining in the national celebrations. There will be a “Shelfie” competition in the Library, and around the school “Iam currently reading…..” posters will appear on classroom doors.

On Friday lunchtime we will be holding the BODA Big Book Quiz in the Assembly Room.  Come along and cheer on the teams.


For more information on Book Week Scotland click on the link below


Grampian Children’s Book Award 2016 – shortlist announced!

Grampian Children’s Book Award 2016 – Shortlist

The votes are in and the following 6 books made it on to the shortlist.

Ainsworth, Eve 7 daysProduct Details
School should be a safe place for Jess, but at the moment it’s everything she dreads. Jess’s life is difficult enough without Kez picking on her. Kez’s life isn’t any sweeter. She has plenty of problems too but she finds comfort in knowing she is better off than Jess – or so she thinks… Told from the point of view of the bullied and the bully, this is a taut, powerful story of two girls locked in battle with each other and themselves, spiralling towards a shocking conclusion.

Bergin, Virginia The rainProduct Details
One minute sixteen-year-old Ruby Morris is having her first proper snog with Caspar McCloud in a hot tub, and the next she’s being bundled inside the house, dripping wet, cold and in her underwear. Not cool. As she and Caspar shiver in the kitchen, it starts to rain. They turn on the radio to hear panicked voices – ‘It’s in the rain . . . it’s in the rain . . . ‘ That was two weeks ago, and now Ruby is totally alone. People weren’t prepared for the rain, got caught out in it, didn’t realize that you couldn’t drink water from the taps either. Even a drip of rain would infect your blood, and eat you from the inside out. Ruby knows she has to get to London to find her dad, but she just doesn’t know where to start.

Dawson, James Under my skinProduct Details
Meet Molly Sue. Once she’s under your skin there’s no getting rid of her…Seventeen-year-old Sally Feathers is not exactly a rebel. Her super-conservative parents and her treatment at the hands of high school bullies means that Sally’s about as shy and retiring as they come – but all that’s about to change. Accidentally ending up in the seedier side of town one day, Sally finds herself mysteriously lured to an almost-hidden tattoo parlour. Sally selects sexy pin-up Molly Sue, and has her tattooed on her back – hoping that Molly Sue will inspire her to be as confident and popular as she is in her dreams. But things quickly take a nightmareish turn.

Haig, Matt Echo BoyProduct Details
Audrey’s father taught her that to stay human in the modern world, she had to build a moat around herself; a moat of books and music, philosophy and dreams. A moat that makes Audrey different from the echoes: sophisticated, emotionless machines, built to resemble humans and to work for human masters. Daniel is an echo – but he’s not like the others. He feels a connection with Audrey; a feeling Daniel knows he was never designed to have, and cannot explain. And when Audrey is placed in terrible danger, he’s determined to save her.

MacPhail, Cathy Devil you knowProduct Details
Forced to move away from his dad in Aberdeen to a run-down Glasgow council estate, Logan thinks he’s pretty lucky to have made any friends — let alone Baz and the boys. Baz might have a bit of reputation, be a bit mouthy, but he’s the kind of friend who’ll stick up for you; who’ll make life interesting — or should that be dangerous? When Logan, Baz and the boys get caught up a local turf war Baz is the first to fight back. But the aftermath leads Logan and his friends deeper into a world of real-life gangs, threats and lethal revenge. How far will Baz go, and will Logan follow him?

Slater, Kim SmartProduct Details
There’s been a murder, but the police don’t care. It was only a homeless old man after all. Kieran cares. He’s made a promise, and when you say something out loud, that means you’re going to do it, for real. He’s going to find out what really happened. To Colin. And to his grandma, who just stopped coming round one day. It’s a good job Kieran’s a master of observation, and knows all the detective tricks of the trade. But being a detective is difficult when you’re Kieran Woods. When you’re amazing at drawing but terrible at fitting in. And when there are dangerous secrets everywhere, not just outside, but under your own roof.


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