Chris Bradford Author Visit 22nd November

Chris Bradford will be visiting Thornden on Friday, 22nd November.  He will be talking to Year 8 students in the Sportshall about his Bodyguard series of books.
Copies of Chris’ books must be pre-ordered although there will be a few copies available on the day. Book Order Form 2019

Simon Lelic Author Visit

On Thursday 26th September we welcomed author Simon Lelic to Thornden library. Two year 7 and one year 8 English classes were treated to an inspiring talk by Simon. He did an excellent job of promoting his debut teenage series of books, ‘The Haven’. This action packed adventure series will appeal to this age group and maybe older students.

Our students were eager to ask Simon questions, making the Q and A    session run out of time.

At the end of the session Simon signed the books the students had purchased.

Author Visit – Simon Lelic

Simon Lelic will be visiting Thornden on Thursday, 26th September. He will be talking to selected groups of Year 7 and Year 8 students in the Library about his Haven series of books.
Students  will have the opportunity, if they wish, to buy a copy of Simon’s books and get them signed by the author and, therefore, will need to bring the money with them on the day (cheques payable to Thornden School). The books are available at the reduced price of £6.99.

Welcome Back

It may be a bit late but welcome back! Hopefully everyone had a good summer holiday and read lots of good books.  One of the books we read was ‘Crossfire’ the latest in the ‘Noughts and Crosses’ series by Malorie Blackman.
The library induction lessons for Year 7 students started last week and will be completed by the end of this week.  All students are able to borrow books.

Year 7 Book Club, run by Mrs Morton, started after school on Thursday, 12th September and students are welcome to come along even if they missed the first week.

Wessex Schools Literary Festival 2019

We are approaching the end of this years festival and it has been very successful.

The Art Day on Monday 24th June, with Sally Gooden hosting once again a workshop in the art department, produced some amazing paintings of favourite animal characters. Steff Brown, our enthusiastic textiles teacher, at the same time, worked with students to make Book Sculptures out of old books. The creations where very imaginative, especially the dresses. All this work is on display in the library until the end of term.

Wednesday 26th June saw a visit from ‘Young Bond’ author. He entertained and informed all the visiting Year 6’s and our Year 7’s during two separate events in, unfortunately, a rather hot and humid gym. However the heat didn’t spoil the enthusiasm of Steve and the enjoyment of the students. At the end of the day there were an amazing amount of books sold in Thornden Halls foyer and a long queue formed for Steve to sign them. We will definitely have him back in a more suitable venue.

Through out the festival we have held ‘in house’ activities. ‘Opening Lines’, where students guessed which books the lines came from. ‘Get Caught Reading’, where students were given a raffle ticket by a member of staff if they were seen reading. ‘Mural Book Titles’, where students had to guess the titles of the books depicted in the mural outside the library. ‘Maths Challenge’, where tutor group were given daily questions about books where the answer is always a number. These numbers form an equation, which needs solving. Prizes of new books were given.

‘Golden Ticket Day’ will end the festival tomorrow. There will be frantic searching around the school for the Golden Tickets that are hidden. Anyone who finds one will be given a new book.

Thanks go to students and staff who have helped make this years festival successful.

Hampshire Book Award 2019

An enjoyable morning was spent at Applemore College on Wednesday, 3rd July when student judges voted for their favourite book from the six shortlisted titles from this years Hampshire Book Award.

Around tables, with a mixture of students from different Hampshire schools, with the help of an adult leader they discussed the books. Voting for their favourite at the end of the discussion.

While waiting for the results to be collated from the four centres taking part during the morning, the students enjoyed refreshments in the sunshine followed by a quiz.

With drum rolls and excited anticipation the winner was finally announced.

‘Shell’ by Pauls Rawsthorne was a fairly popular winner, a thought provoking story about a terminally ill teenage girl whose life is saved by her brain being transplanted into a dead girls body. It is hoped the judges will gather again to witness her receiving her award in Winchester in the autumn.

All the shortlisted books are available to borrow in the library now.SS100767

Wessex Schools Literary Festival 2019

This years Wessex Schools Literary Festival is only two weeks away.
It will run from 25th June to 6th July.

The winner of the logo competition was a student from the Romsey School.
We will welcome author Steve Cole as well as local artist    Sally Goodden during the fortnight.

There will be something happening in the library most lunchtimes as well as other activities throughout the            Festival.  The final day  will be Golden Ticket day.

Watch the blog for more information.

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