Wessex Literary Festival 2017

This years Wessex Schools Literary Festival is almost upon us.

It will run from 26th June to 7th July.

The winner of the logo competition was a student from the Romsey School.

We will welcome authors Lauren St. John and Chris Priestley as well as local artist Sally Goodden during the fortnight.  There will be something happening in the library every lunchtime as well as other activities throughout the Festival.

Watch the blog for more information.

Hampshire Schools Library Service Literary Quiz Final

On the evening of 22nd March, our team of four, Alex Hanks 7MF, James Robinson 7MF, Lexie Rhys-Jones 9KF and Tamsin Hoult 9AG, took part in the final of this year’s Literary Quiz organised by the Hampshire Schools Library Service. Around thirty Hampshire Schools took part in the regional rounds of this event.

They did extremely well and were in the lead until half way when Henry Beaufort School played their joker and shot into the lead.   Our team finished fourth, however, there was only four marks between them and the winning Henry Beaufort team.

They will receive certificates and a new book, for a great achievement.


Hampshire Book Award 2017

The shortlist for this year’s Hampshire Book Award was announced yesterday. The criteria is that the book be in paperback, to have been published between August 2015 and July 2016 and be suitable for a year 8 pupil to read.

The year 8 student judges who will help decide the winner of this award, met with a librarian from the Schools Library Service and were shown the six shortlisted books.

The shortlisted books are:

The Bubble Boy by Stewart Foster

Island by Nicky Singer

My Name’s Not Friday by Jon Walter

Night Vision by Ella West

Railhead by Philip Reeve

River of Ink: Genesis by Helen Dennis

The judges will have until the beginning of July to read all six books and meetings will be arranged so that the books can be discussed. At the end of this period all the students will attend a discussion/voting event on 4th July 2017 where they will discuss the books with pupils from other schools taking part.  They will then be asked to vote for their favouite book and the overall winner will be announced.

The books will only be available for the judges to read at the moment but there is a selection of previous winners and shortlisted titles available in the library.

Chris Riddell, Children’s Laureate

Thornden Hall played host for Hampshire Schools Library Service ‘Meet the Author’ event on Tuesday, 7th March 2017.  Hampshire pupils, including some Thornden students, were extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to see author and illustrator Chris Riddell.

He produced an illustration for every school attending whilst pupils were arriving.  All pupils were given a card on which to ask Chris a question.  He then picked questions at random and answered them with illustrations.  Questions varied from ‘which of your characters would you like to be’ to ‘what is your favourite shop’!

Chris then spent over an hour signing books for pupils.

After a short break he was then interviewed by Charlotte, Shivani and Katie for BBC School Report Day, which takes place on Thursday, 16th March, before he headed off to Brighton for an interview with the BBC.

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

www.worldbookday.com, @worldbookday or www.facebook.com/worldbookdayuk