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Hampshire School Library Service Literature Quiz

On Wednesday, 7th March a team of four boys travelled to The Romsey School to take part in the regional round of this year’s Hampshire School Library Service Literature Quiz.

 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.





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.

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

Welcome Back

Welcome back!

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.

Wessex Schools Literary Festival 2017

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.

Romantic Novel of the Year

Sophia Bennett’s young adult novel ‘Love Song’ has won Romantic Novel of the Year 2017.  It is only the second time in 57 years that a young adult novel has won the award, the other winner being ‘Storm and Stone’ by Joss Stirling.

‘Love Song’ is available to borrow from the library.

For more information about the award and the winners of other categories please go the website