Wednesday and Thursday saw staff and pupils joining the LRC for the “Book swap” event as Book Week Scotland almost draws to a close. Everyone in the school has had the opportunity to swap a book they’ve already read for a new title – bring a book to get a book! A number of people, staff and pupils, have gone home with new books to read.
Friday sees this year’s Book Week Scotland activities rounded off with a visit from author, Joan Lennon.
Our Book Week Scotland celebrations continued on Tuesday with a “Cake, coffee & books” event for staff. Staff enjoyed the opportunity to get together over coffee and cake during lunchtime. The event also saw Waterstones, St Andrews bring a pop-up bookshop to the event. A fantastic way for us to deliver a book event for our staff.
A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who came along to support the event; to the bakers (LRC and English Faculty), and to Iona from Waterstones, St Andrews.
We’d like to take the opportunity to ‘thank’ Philip Caveney for coming to the school yesterday to talk to our S2 pupils. Philip came to the school as part of Book Week Scotland celebrations with the support of the Scottish Book Trust.
Philip talked about his work and how he became a writer. His message was that he didn’t wait until he was older before starting to write…his writing life started when he was at school.
Philip asked the pupils if they too sometimes sat and stared at a blank sheet of paper searching for inspiration – he reassured them that he too often suffered this fate.
Well done to David and Keira, two of our S2 Reading Heroes, for introducing Philip and proposing the ‘thanks’ at the event.
The LRC and English Faculty will be marking Book Week Scotland (19th – 25th November) with a number of events running throughout the week.
Monday will see author Philip Caveney, aka Danny Weston, visit the school to speak to our S2 pupils. Philip will talk about his writing and life as an author. Pupils will be able to purchase books (£6-£7) on the day.
Our S1-S3 Reading Heroes will be leading reading challenges throughout the week in English classes. A scoreboard will be kept with prizes on offer for the top groups in S1, S2 and S3.
The rest of Book Week Scotland looks like this:
Monday, 19th November
S2 author event with Philip Caveney.
Tuesday, 20th November
Waterstones pop-up bookshop and “Cake, coffee & book” event for staff.
Wednesday, 21st November & Thursday, 22nd November
Book swap events at lunchtime – bring a book to swap it for another book!
Friday, 23rd November
S1 author event with Joan Lennon.
A number of group and faculties now have their own Twitter accounts to help them share important subject or event information with pupils, parents/carers and the wider school community: see below.
@Bellbaxter_HS [Main school account]
@BBHS_ExpArts [Expressive Arts]
@Bellbaxter_hwb [Health & Wellbeing]
@ilcbbhs [International Languages]
@BBHS_Literacy [English & LRC]
@BBHSModStudies [Modern Studies]
Look out for a new Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Twitter account being created in the near future.