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Archive for the month “January, 2017”

Warwickshire Student Librarian of the Year Award – 2017

copyright-free-6th-form-book-imageCongratulations to Erin Wood who was on the shortlist of three and received a Commendation for this prestigious Award.  Erin began her service with us in Year 7 and quickly demonstrated a conscientious and competent approach to her work, encouraging other students to be Library Assistants. Schools across Warwickshire were asked to submit only one student and Erin, when shortlisted, was asked to submit a short video clip of herself,  saying why she felt she would be a worthy winner and this followed on from the detailed criteria that had been submitted  by Head Librarian, Mrs Beeson, as to why she felt Erin deserved the nomination.  The decision by SLS and a panel of Librarians was a close and tough one and the standard was exceptional.


6th form book club (with cakes)

Now in its 2nd Year with our two new Library Assistant Managers, Harriet and Sarah, in charge and with new ideas and plenty of early interest, it has seen a great start to the term. green-mint-cupcake-background

The club runs regularly on the 3rd Thursday of every month and includes homemade cakes!

For further information on joining the group please ask at the Library Desk.


Warks Schools’ Library Service

Year 7 – Library Assistant Training and DOE volunteering

We now have our team of Librarian Assistants and D.O.E volunteers up and running with their new training programme. Some of our students, who have continued the service from  last year , have been able to hit the ground running with their knowledge and been a great help in supporting the training of the new team.

We were joined by a member of the Warks. Schools’ Library Service team, Hannah, earlier in November who provided some inspiring further training to enhance the understanding of the value of Libraries for the new Year 7 Assistants. They have now completed their training and service and gained their badges and positions as Student Library Assistants. Well done.hannah-sls-with-students

Warwick Castle Trip – July 2016

In block week the Library accompanied the History Dept. for a fun and interesting trip around Warwick Castle.

Whilst the sun shone, students wandered through fascinating rooms, saw the dungeons, watched the Trebuchet in action and ate ice creams.  A lovely end to the Summer Term.

Biology Trip to Bristol Zoo and Library Literacy Link

In October, Year 7 enjoyed their annual trip to Bristol Zoo to visit, research and produce a poster on their favourite animal. The research base was linked in a session with Mrs Beeson, the Head Librarian.  The standard of the posters was incredible and students are most welcome to view some of them on the display area in the Lower Library.




‘Bookbuzz’ – Nov 2016


Our new Year 7’s were given the opportunity to buy a book at a reduced cost as part of our annual Bookbuzz programme, a reading programme from Book Trust, which supports schools to encourage reading for pleasure; independent choice and to develop a whole school reading culture. Students chose their own book to buy, at a reduced cost, from a list of 17 titles suitable for 11-13 year olds and selected by a panel of experts.

A selection of some of the mainstream titles received were:

  • You Killed Me! By Keith Gray (Barrington Stoke Ltd)
  • Gorilla Dawn by Gill Lewis (Oxford)
  • 13 Hours by Narinder Dhami (Tamarind, Random House)
  • My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons (Nosy Crow)
  • Petunia Perry and the Curse of the Ugly Pigeon by Pamela Butchart and illustrated by Gemma Correll (Nosy Crow)
  • I am Malala by Malala Yousafzaia and Patricia McCormick (Hachette Children’s Group)
  • An Eagle in the Snow by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Michael Foreman (HarperCollins)
  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan)

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