Author Panel Event – Sara Barnard & Muhammed Khan

On Tuesday, 17th April Thornden will be hosting an author panel which has been organised with Waterstones, West Quay.

The authors on the panel are Sara Barnard whose books include ‘Beautiful Broken Things’ and ‘A Quiet Kind of Thunder’, and Muhammed Khan whose debut book is ‘I Am Thunder’.

This event is open to any Year 8 or Year 9 student who would like to attend.

If you are interested, please speak to the librarians.


Katy Birchall Author Visit

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.

Katy complimented us on the imagination and enthusiasm of the students taking part.

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.


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.




Katy Birchall – Author Visit for Years 7 & 8

Author Katy Birchall is visiting Thornden Hall on Thursday, 22nd March 2018 at 10.00am.

Katy is the author of the funny ‘It Girl’ series and will be promoting her new book ‘Secrets of a Teenage Heiress’.

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.

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