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ALCESTER SCHOOLS BOOK AWARD 2016

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THE FINAL EVENT – Alcester Schools’ Book Award 2016: Winner announced.

 

The culmination of lots of months of planning and fun came to an end in May when the three Alcester schools re-united for our Annual Book Award.

  • One of our Year 8 students wrote:

Today we went to St Benedict’s School for the end of the Alcester Schools’ Book Award.  It was an interesting morning, speaking and working in a group of people we have never met before. Together we had to complete activities such as quizzes and writing an end to one of the stories. It was quite cool to hear the opinions of people from the other schools who had been reading the same books.

Finally we were told the winner of the Award. All three schools voted for the same book which was amazing because this was the first time this has ever happened. Not only that all three schools had the same top 3 authors! It was an interesting and exciting experience.

The results were as follows:-


Book Cover Choices         Winnersnowhere

1st – Nowhere                       1st – Nowhere

2nd – Terror Kid                  2nd – Terror Kid

3rd – Flyaway                       3rd – Dark Lord – The Teenage Years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alcester Schools’ Book Award 2016

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2nd Event – Author visit, Jon Robinson.

As part of the Alcester Schools’ Book Award events this year, at AGS, we were joined by Jon Robinson – author of Nowhere, Anywhere and Somewhere.   Jon fascinated us all by telling us of his first, rather macabre, short story at 11 years old – hanging intestines, skin and a heart on a Xmas tree!  Rather than criticising him, his English teacher praised his story and gave him encouragement with the comments “…strange imagination – keep writing.”

Later in his life, with a spell on crutches and time in a wheelchair, after having been hit by a car, it helped give him time to bash away on an old typewriter and saw him submitting his first book at the age of 12.  Jon then went on to recount the long journey of submitting books (8 novels and 8 rejections over 8 years) before finally, on writing for a different audience in 2011 saw success and the publication of his first novel … ‘Nowhere’.

Jon then spoke about about some of his writing influences: studying ‘A’ Level Psychology and the interest of the subliminal messaging used by advertisers in the 1950’s; also he read about a teacher showing the power of self-belief with her experiments on Primary School children and the effect of discrimination on them and Jon’s short spell in a prison cell (not his fault).

The effects of these varied experiences were long lasting and it was only after Jon reflected back on his career that he realised how much these incidences had influenced his writing and the subsequent success of his series.

To find out more about Jon visit: www.facebook.com/jonrobinsonbooks

One of our students wrote afterwards:

Jon Robinson Author Visit

On the 27th April 2016, the professional writer, Jon Robinson (the Writer of Nowhere) came into the AGS Library to discuss book writing and his ideas. It made us all think that writing isn’t all about making something up randomly, it’s about creating an idea and letting it grow, enabling you to share with the world your opinion. His presentation included a lot of information about different elements of psychology, including subliminal messages. Subliminal messages are images that flash up during a film or elsewhere, that only the subconscious mind can recognise. He included this in his presentation because in his book it includes these. As well as that, he talked about the influence things have on us. If you haven’t read his book, here is the blurb:

   “NO ONE’S

         COMING FOR US.

               NOT OUR FAMILIES

NOT THE POLICE.

                    NO ONE.”

Alcester Schools’ Book Award – 2016

Our annual event kicked off with great excitement in March with the first event held at Alcester Academy.

The participating Year 8 students all came together to discover which books had been chosen by the School Librarians and then had a chance to discuss, on first appearance, which books they thought had the best chance of winning based on their blurb and cover.

The list of books for 2016 were:

1              Nowhere                                              Jon Robinson

2              One Day in Oradour                         Helen Watts

3              Dark Lord                                            Jamie Thompson

4              Fly Away                                              Lucy Christopher

5              Terror Kid                                            Benjamin Zephaniah

Their position: based on the cover and blurb were as follows:

1st        Nowhere        (20) + Staff (5)

2nd      Terror Kid        (5)

3rd       Flyaway          (1) – yellow cover version

What followed was reading the novels for the pupils to decide their winners. What will be the final result?

 

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New Alcester Library Opens

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Photo credit : Dave Warren

On 13th April a small group of our Year 7 Librarians were selected to participate in the opening of Alcester’s lovely, new library facility.

Globe House now houses the County Council’s Library, which has joined together with Alcester’s Roman Museum and Town Council to bring local services all under one roof.

Our Year 7s, as part of the local community, had the chance to see a Humanoid Robot and a Roman Soldier at the official launch of the newly refurbished Globe House.

Here is a selection of some of our students’ comments:

“I loved going to the new Alcester Library because it had loads of books and great facilities. We met a teacher who used to work at AGS! It was great”

“I loved the Roman activities and also the Library. The opening speech was fantastic including the robot dance”

“I really liked the Library and Museum as it was big and there were lots of books”

“We met old teachers of AGS and there were lots of photos”

“I really liked the pretty Roman bracelets”

Laurence Thatcher, the ex-Head of 6th Form at AGS, and Chair of Alcester Heritage Trust, said:

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the future. We have already started to plan a programme at Globe House, which starts on 14 May with a Roman Alcester Celebration Day.”

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‘500 Words’ – Final 27th May 2016

The final of this wonderful event, created by Chris Evans to inspire children to write creatively, was held live from the home of British story-telling, Shakespeare’s Globe .

SUMMARY

  1. Honorary judge, Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall, attended to present winners of the Gold award with their prizes.
  2. This year’s BBC Radio 2 500 WORDS competition received 123,436 entries from young writers
  3. ‘Refugee’ is the Children’s Word of the Year.

Our Head Librarian, Louise Beeson, received a certificate of thanks for her contribution to the event.LOB with Certb

For further information on the competition winners and lots of fun links please click: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00rfvk1

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Chris Evans – Final of 500 Words event

Here is a link to one of the shortlisted stories. http://bbc.in/1T4s0ug

‘Fakebook’ By Anna Harries, aged 12.    We love this story, what do you think?

 

 

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