Did you read any good books over the holidays? If you did, please let us know the titles.
We read a number of books and here are our recommendations.
Mrs Morton read a couple of historical books – ‘The Girl in the Blue Coat’ by Monica Hesse, a Second World War story set in Amsterdam, and ‘The Pearl Thief’ by Elizabeth Wein, a mystery story which takes place in 1938.
Mrs Taylor read ‘One of Us is Lying’ by Karen McManus which is an excellent murder mystery story. Also ‘Truth or Dare’ by Non Pratt – a book with a difference as half the story is told from one point of view, then turn the book upside down to finish the story from another’s. Both of these books are well worth reading.
Mrs Taylor also finished reading the ‘Noughts and Crosses’ series by Malorie Blackman which is excellent.
One of the highlights of this year’s Festival was the art workshop run by local artist Sally Goodden. To see the amazing art work produced by the students click on the picture of Sally.
Relax and Read 2017
Great books to read before Year 10
Most of the books are available to borrow from the library
The winner of this year’s Hampshire Book Award is ‘River of Ink’ by Helen Dennis. The winner was announced after all the Year 8 student judges met at five different locations in Hampshire.
The runner-up was ‘My Name is Not Friday’ by Jon Walter
All the six shortlisted books are available to borrow from the Library. Thanks to our wonderful Year 8 students who took part this.
The first week of this years Festival is over and we have enjoyed a wonderfully creative day with Sally Goodden in our Art department. The students drew and painted animals with impressive results.
Book Art was once again on the agenda. Students spent the day in the Textiles department and with great imagination and thought produced amazing art.
We also had a visit from horror writer Chris Priestley, who informed and inspired Year 9 in Thornden Hall.
Also, during the week, there was a quiz and author story time in the library.
There will be scavenger hunt in the library during lunch time on Wednesday, 5th July.
Follow the clues to find the books.
Saga Writing Competition
In the library at lunchtime on Monday and Tuesday
Write a mini-saga in 50 words or less
Prize for winning entry
This years Wessex schools Literary Festival runs from 26th June to 7th July.
We will be hosting two authors – Lauren St John and Chris Priestley. Lauren has won many book awards, including the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. She will be talking to Year 6 and Year 7 on 6th July. Her books will be available to buy. Chris will talk to Year 9 on 29th June and again his books will be available to buy. His books are chilling and frightening.
Thornden Art department will be hosting local artist Sally Goodden on 29th June. Her expertise and talent will benefit a small group of budding artists.
Book Sculpture will take place with the help of Miss Pothecary on 26th June. Examples of which will be shown on Open Evening.
Other activities taking place during lunchtimes in the library will include – a Scavenger Hunt, a Quiz, Author Story Time, Book Trailers and a Saga Writing Competition. During the second week we will once again be encouraging students to ‘Get Caught Reading’ and on the last day students will get the opportunity to hunt for a Golden Ticket.
Students can come to the library for more information, observe the posters around the school and look for information in the daily bulletin.
A number of new books have been added to the library this month.
Come along and have a look at the selection.
Author Matt Dickinson, who visited Thornden at the end of November, is back on Mount Everest!
He is filming the backdrop for his Everest Files play which will be premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in August. His third Everest Files book ‘Killer Storm’ will also be launched in August at the Edinburgh Book Festival.
To find out more about Matt’s latest adventures on Everest read his blog at https://www.shrinebell.com/blogs/news/matt-dickinsons-2017-everest-broadcast