Harry Potter Book Night 2018

An enjoyable evening was had by the twelve students who took part in this years Harry Potter Book Night on 1st February.Harry Potter Book Night 2018 001 They dressed up and had their photos taken. Then, after being ‘sorted’ into houses they participated in several activities including a word search, classifying Dangerous Beasts, Spotting Dragons and creating spells. The evening ended with a quiz and GRYFFINDOR showed their superior knowledge and gained the most points.


Wessex Schools Literary Festival 2018 – Logo Competition


Design a logo for this year’s Wessex Schools Literary Festival

Entries must be drawn by hand or on a computer but must be original work.  Your logo should reflect the themes of the Festival – reading and literature.

Prize of gift vouchers for the winner.  The winning logo will feature on the Festival programme and on the publicity in all the participating schools.

Entries should be handed in to the Library by Friday, 20th April 2018.

Some previous winners

Adisa performance poet

Once again we welcomed Adisa to Thornden. He spent the morning of 23rd January with Year 9. Talking to the whole year group in Thornden Hall and encouraging them to ask questions so that he could answer them with one of his poems. The students were enthusiastic and at the end of his session there was an unprecedented gathering around Adisa, congratulating him and expressing how much they had enjoyed his performance and how he had inspired them.


Twenty-five students also joined Adisa for a workshop where  they performed the poems he had encouraged them to write.

These very honest  poems can be read by following this link.

Poems from Adisa Workshop 2018

New Books

We have a lovely selection of new books in the library.


These include ‘This Careless Life’ by Rachel McIntyre. This debut novel could put you through the emotional ringer. Also a debut novel is ‘Countless’ by Karen Gregory. A heart-breaking, life-affirming, brave and bold different kind of love story.


‘OCDaniel’ by Wesley King is sometimes amusing, sometimes painful, but always rewarding as Daniel comes to terms with his OCD. ‘The Starman’ by Sharon Cohen is an edge of your seat adventure from a stunningly talented new writer for children. ‘Love and Gelato’ by  Jenna Evans Welch will be a sure bet for fans of romance fiction.

Also included are new books by popular authors Jo Cotterill, Philip Reeve and Michael Grant. Come to the library to see the whole selection.

A Very Busy Week in the Library

Wednesday 1st November was a very busy day for Thornden Librarians.

It started with a group of Year 7 students being taken to Hamble College ,to take part in a workshop with the 2Steves, Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore. The experience has been described by the participating students as hilarious and very entertaining. They also have been borrowing the 2Steves books to read.  To see all the pictures from this workshop Click here

At the same time Helen Dennis had arrived at Thornden and was delivering a workshop on Code Breaking to a small group of Year 8 students. This is the theme running through her ‘Secret Breakers’ series of books. The students  really enjoyed cracking codes and the participation involved in the workshop.

After lunch Year 8, plus a Year7 tutor group and a small group of students from The Romsey School assembled, in Thornden Hall for the main event. Helen Dennis had come to talk about her early years, her career and her books. The talk was extremely enjoyable and the students had the opportunity to join her on stage and at the end of the session to ask questions. We welcomed P&G Wells again to sell books for us and the orders are still coming in. Always a good sign that the author visit was a success. Helen made time to talk to the students who had bought her books while they had them signed.

The following day we took the judges for this year’s Hampshire Book Award to Winchester Guildhall to watch Helen Dennis receive her Hampshire Book Award for her book ‘River of Ink – Genesis’. This was a popular winner of the award and everyone agreed that Helen was a very worthy winner. She was very excited to receive her award in Hampshire as this is where she first heard she had a publishing deal.

Children’s Book Award

We have received a box of books from Waterstones which are being considered for the next Children’s Book Award.  We need students to read these books and give us their opinions.  You don’t have to review the book, just grade it from A to E, with A being    Brilliant!, B Very Good, C Pretty Good, D Nothing Special and E – Rubbish!

Titles include Contagion by Teri Terry and Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholl.

If you would like to read one of the books please come to the library.

2Steves Author Visit

On Wednesday 1st November we will be taking a small group of specially selected Year 7 students to Hamble School to take part in a workshop with the 2Steves. This has become an annual event and their extremely entertaining performance is always very popular.

Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore have written over 125 books in the twenty years they have been together. Some of the most popular are the ‘I Hero’ and ‘I Horror’ series of books.