World Book Day & Competitions

World Book Day takes place on the first Thursday in March – next week 5th March. Once again, we are planning a few activities around this national celebration of Reading for Pleasure. It is hoped both pupils and staff will get involved. The following is planned for 5th March. Some (or all) will hopefully be taking place.

  1. Bookish Event in library at Lunchtime on Thursday 5th March. Snacks and drinks provided.
  2. Book swap – swap your unwanted books with the selection available.
  3. Peedie Book Fair – courtesy of Stromness Books & Prints. There will be a small selection of books available for sale in the library.
  4. Teen Book Club – Scholastic book club leaflets available. Earn new books for the school library by purchasing books. Order online at: http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/stromness-academy
  5. Shelfies Competition – Match staff to pictures of their book shelves. Easter Eggs for prizes.
  6. Display – Classroom door posters: What teachers and other staff are reading.

Drawing Competition: There will also be a National Book Token competition running throughout the month of March and this will also be launched next week. Pupils can design a new book-themed token using the template provided . There are three categories: up to 8 years, 9–12 years, 13–16 years. An overall winner will be used on a real book token. 1974_thumb 1975_thumb 1985_thumbExamples of tokens from: National Book Tokens: www.nationalbooktokens.com/

FIRST PRIZE in each age range is:

  • £250 National Book Tokens for the school
  • £100 National Book Tokens for the school child
  • £100 National Book Tokens for the teacher

RUNNER-UP PRIZE in each age range is:

  • £150 National Book Tokens for the school
  • £50 National Book Tokens for the school child
  • £50 National Book Tokens for the teacher

Further details can be obtained from the World Book Day website. Entry forms available here or collect one from the school library. Entries should be handed in by the end of term.

World Book Day / Peedie Book Fair / C2C Book Club

It is World Book Day time of year again and there are a few things happening in the library this year.

Readings from favourite books will take place on Thursday 7th March at lunchtime. Snacks will be available.

Pupils will be offered free £1 book tokens to use at local bookshops, the ‘Peedie Book Fair’ or in the C2C Book club catalogue (see below)

There is a national  Bookmark Competition which pupils can enter.

There is a local writing competition Young Orkney Writers, led by the Orkney Library (see previous posts)

There will be a ‘Peedie Book Fair‘ kindly supported by Stromness Books & Prints who will kindly be supplying a small amount of books for sale. The £1 book tokens can be used at this.

The C2C Book club leaflet is being currently offered to pupils. They can purchase books through the leaflet, via the school library, or online at

http://clubs-school.scholastic.co.uk/stromness-academy.

Further details for all these can be obtained directly from the Librarian.


Have you got your Book Club catalogue? Great books from only £1.99 and free books for our school.

12 Words of Christmas

Many 12 word short stories have been submitted for this competition, particularly from S1 and S2.Bone Thief

Here is the short list which will be judged by local author V. M. Whitworth who wrote The Bone Thief, a rather good and enthralling “historical thriller” set in Anglo Saxon times.

Pupils

S1

Santa coming. Jingle bells ring. Stars twinkling. Children counting down the hours.

Snowball fight after rain. Hit him in the face. Bet that hurt!

Splat! Right in the face. He is angry. I go and hide.

 I tiptoe gently across the frozen ice, snowflakes falling. CRACK! Very cold.

Pecking at worms in the ground. BANG! On the table. Christmas dinner.

The snowman looks sadly at the sky as streams of light emerge.

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S2

The snow was whiter; the tree was brighter, when Santa was real.

Black boots touch the snow. Door opens. Lock clicks. Swiflty quickly gone.

I bought my Christmas tree for a fiver on a Thursday night.

Rattle, bang, clunk, thud, pop, SMASH! Should not have shook that present.

Here he comes. Santa has my Dad’s brown eyes… Wait a minute…

The snowball fight has consumed the playground sending the young kids scurrying.

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S4/5/6

Shimmering star sent startled shaggy shepherds, surprised, seeing sweet smiling sleeping son.

 Breaks into our house each year without keys. Santa Claus, housebreaker extraordinaire!

Smiling faces and having fun, winter’s now here and it’s only begun.

The Star of Bethlehem will guide us all to a happier Christmas. 

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Staff

The Star, magi followed, Shepherds, Angels heralded, Revealing Love, In manger, born

Sledging… wheeeee. Frost stings my face. Crashing… Arrgh! Snow up my nose.

Christmas at the palace. The Duchess retches, William winces; the world watches.

One horse town; open all hours. Jingle sleigh for sale. Snow down.

 “‘Twas a pair partridge, ye ken, hen? Lordy; milking it for gold!”

Kings follow the star. Shepherds look in delight. A celebration is born.

Reins, clutched in smutty gloves, flick reindeer suddenly heavenwards.  Black anthracite descends.

Shopping, cards, presents, decorating, concerts, cooking, parties, dancing, wrapping, cleaning. Knackered now.

Last Christmas I gave you my heart. Then I dropped down dead.

It’s (Nearly) Christmas Time!

Christmas is nearly upon us again and there are a number of things to see and do in the library until the end of term on the 21st.

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Pupils Librarians have been busy decorating the trees and the Christmas display is up on the wall. This year an old display has been resurrected from the archives with the centre piece being The Twelve Days of Christmas. Flanking this are a handful of old photos of Orkney and some hand made (not very many computers back then for shiny colour printouts) and illustrated information sheets about Christmas, some done by ex-pupils and some by myself.

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A rather squat, leaning into the Orkney winter gales 😉 book tree

‘Trees’ made out of stacks of books appear to be the ‘in thing’ this year with a number of pictures being circulated on the internet. Here is our attempt in a very limited space. 

12 Words of Christmas

Not long ago, on The School Librarians Network (SLN) (an online forum) someone somewhere suggested an idea for a competition within their school. This grew legs and sprinted away with it becoming a national competition with the the winning pupil receiving an iPod Touch. Many schools across the country are doing this, with the overall winners from each school being forwarded to the national competition.

In Stromness Academy, this competition is open to all pupils and staff. S1 and S2 have worked on their stories – remember, they are only 12 words long – during library periods ith some producing up to six or seven entries. Stories are shortlisted and there will be a prize for each year group as well as an overall winner.

There is still plenty of time – the closing date is Thursday 20th December. PUpils and staff can submit as many entries as they want.

Here are some examples that have been submitted so far:

A transparent snowflake falling from the deep blue whilst twinkling through starlight.

Snowball fight after rain. Hit him in the face. Bet that hurt!

The snow was whiter; the tree was brighter, when Santa was real.

Black boots touch the snow. Door opens. Lock clicks. Swiflty quickly gone.

Falling. Pale figures drifting in darkness. Winter has begun. Cold tears falling.

Rattle, bang, clunk, thud, pop, SMASH! Should not have shook that present.

Here he comes. Santa has my Dad’s brown eyes… Wait a minute…

The snowball fight has consumed the playground sending the young kids scurrying.

And from the staff:

Last Christmas I gave you my heart. Then I dropped down dead.

The Star, magi followed, Shepherds, Angels heralded, Revealing Love, In manger, born

Sledging… wheeeee. Frost stings my face. Crashing… Arrgh! Snow up my nose.

Christmas at the palace. The Duchess retches, William winces; the world watches.

Misletoe in the doorway. Her waist encircled; in love, her cheeks burn.

Postprandulate, Monopolate, Pictionate, Articulate, Gesticulate, Flatulate, Televisulate, Brandiculate, Hiccupulate, Somnolate, Choculate, Indigestulate.

One horse town; open all hours. Jingle sleigh for sale. Snow down.

Christmas Reading Challenge

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This challenge has been resurrected after a few years gap. A number of wrapped books have been placed under one of the trees in the library and pupils (and staff) have been invited to select a book to read over the holidays. They don’t know what they are going to get other than the chance to possibly read something completely different to their normal choices. All that is asked is that they give the books a fair chance then fill in a mini review slip giving a brief outline of the book and some comments (good or bad). Those that return their books and completed review slips after the holidays will receive a small prize.