Adisa – Performance Poet


Performance poet Adisa visited on Monday, 28th February.

He arrived in Lycra on his bike. A very impressive sight.

He talked to all Year 9 students in Thornden Hall. His engaging presentation, which included performances of his poems, ensured full student participation. The whole of the session was very interactive, with many questions being asked by the enthralled students

His performance was followed by two workshops for students ranging from Year 8 to Year 10. They were given a theme of ‘Revolution’ and were instructed to think about what revolution meant to them, to brainstorm their thoughts and finally to produce a poem. Some of the resulting poems were very powerful and stirring. One example is below.

‘Revolution is a never ending road of change.

On my never-ending road of change, there won’t be any hateful comments, because they will disappear into the air.

Everywhere you step you will leave footprint of positivity, free for others to use if they are feeling low.

All food will drive people to do something good for the world.

Happiness will spread like it’s the most contagious virus in the world.’


                                                                                                                                                            Nyah Russell


 Click onto this link to read the rest of the students poems.

SLS Lit Quiz

Well done to the Thornden team of Lexie, Tamsin, Alex and James who were runners-up to Henry Beaufort in the regional round of the Hampshire SLS Lit Quiz held at Romsey School this morning.  Six teams took part and the scores were very close with Thornden just losing out by a couple of points.  All those taking part received a book as well as a certificate.


Childrens Book Award

heartlessWe have received a box of books from nowhereWaterstones which are being considered for the next Red House Book Award.  We need pupils 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!

Titles include Heartless by Marissa Meyer and Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird.

If you would like to read one of the books please come to the library.


World Book Day 2017

wbd-2017World Book Day is on Thursday, 2nd March.

£1.00 book tokens will be issued to all Y7, Y8 and Y9 pupils during the week via tutors.  Years 10 and 11 can collect a token from the library if they would like one. The £1.00 books available this year include The Island by David Almond, Dead of Night by Michael Grant and Blob by David Walliams. dead-of-nightisland

There will be a quiz at lunchtime on Wednesday, 1st March, starting at 1.00 pm, as well as various activities throughout the week. On the day we will be showing promotional book trailers in the library at lunchtime. Look out for further information in the Daily Bulletin.

For more information about World Book Day go to, @worldbookday or

Hampshire Schools Literary Quiz

Trial quiz to be held at lunchtime on Wednesday, 11th January in the Library

Are you in Year 7, 8 or 9?

Are you a keen reader?

Would you like to represent the school in an inter-schools quiz?

If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’, please speak to the Librarians

Schools throughout Hampshire enter the Literary Quiz organised by the School Library Service. The regional heat will take place during week commencing 27th February 2017.  The winners will then represent the region at the finals at Winchester Discovery Centre.


New Books in the Library

We have a lovely new selection of books in the library.


They include Celia Ahern’s first young adult novel ‘Flawed’. Award winning author, Michael Morpurgo’s new historical novel ‘An Eagle in the Snow’. ‘The Road Ever After’ by Moira Young, the author of the popular ‘Dustlands’ trilogy. Holly Bourne’s ‘What’s a Girl Gotta Do’ and Steve Backshall’s ‘Shark Seas’.


There is also a good selection of new non-fiction book on many subjects, Science, the Internet, the Environment, Warfare and Pets.

Come and borrow one for the Christmas holiday.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas.