On Tuesday 17th April we welcomed Muhammad Khan and Sara Bernard to Thornden library, courtesy of Macmillan books and Waterstones. They talked to an audience of Year 8 and 9 students from Thornden and a small group of Year 8 students from The Romsey School, about their books, how they came to be writers and about their lives. The students asked interesting questions and had the opportunity to buy some of their books.
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!
Many congratulations to our all boys team of Jacob Allderidge, Alex Hanks, James Robinson and Rhys Durbin who have just won this years SLS LitQuiz. The final was held at the Discovery Centre, Winchester during the evening of Wednesday 28th March. They competed against more than 30 Hampshire schools to win this prestigious award. The audience of parents and librarians helped to make the evening a memorable one, even competing in their own quiz.
On Tuesday, 17th April Thornden will be hosting an author panel which has been organised with Waterstones, West Quay.
This event is open to any Year 8 or Year 9 student who would like to attend.
On Thursday 22nd March, we were very pleased to be host to Katy Birchall and her publisher from Egmont. Eight local secondary schools and nearly 100 of our year 7 & 8 students enjoyed her animated talk about herself and how she started writing. They helped her design an underwater hotel, with the help of her publisher who acted as artist. Her latest series is about a girl who lives in a hotel. This was followed by a question and answer session.
P&G Wells provided a bookshop and all students had the opportunity to buy one of Katy’s books and have it signed by her. In fact, the books were so popular that the latest one ‘ Secrets of a Teenage Heiress’ sold out and orders had to be taken.
Many congratulations to the boys – Jacob Allderidge, Alex Hanks, James Robinson and Rhys Durbin, as they came first in this round and will go forward to the final, held in the Discovery Centre, Winchester later this month. They competed against six other schools, answering questions on everything from authors to book characters. A book and a book token was their reward for winning. They are being presented with a certificate at their next assembly.
If you would like to attend this event, please come to the library and add your name to the list. There will be an opportunity to buy one of Katy’s books and have it signed.
An enjoyable evening was had by the twelve students who took part in this years Harry Potter Book Night on 1st February. 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.
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.
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.
These very honest poems can be read by following this link.