Well done to everyone who took part in library events and activities in the first half term. 

It has been a great start to the year!

Speaker’s Corner

Well done to Ben, Charlie and Isshi who have presented in the library for Speakers’ Corner last half term! Ben and Charlie talked about different forms of transport and Isshi told us about the Secret Listeners (including his own great-grandmother!) who had a very important role during the second world war! We look forward to hearing Charlie and Kieran’s presentations for Speakers’ Corner in the first two weeks of this new half term.

Get Rewarded for Reading Half-term Awards

Well done to everyone who has been awarded house points for reading this last half term.
Each half term, three awards are up for grabs: Silver award, Gold award (for the most house points for reading in the year group) and Platinum award (for the most house points for reading in the whole of the secondary school). Very well done to all the award winners!

Reminder of how to get house points for reading next term:

*You can read a fiction or non-fiction book, Britannica magazine (password: britannica), or articles from a reliable source such as the Britannica online encyclopedia, RSPB articles, and the BBC website

(To access Britannica magazine, you can read it online, or, for larger print, you can download the magazine and open it in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. To access Britannica online encyclopedia from the school website, go to: student home-library-Britannica)

*Each time you finish reading something, complete the reading questionnaire and win a point for your house! (The reading questionnaire can also be accessed in the library section of Google Classroom code: uro2phn)

*You can also win extra house points if you read a library book from the following sections: Around the World, Classics, Diversity and Inclusion. 

(To get the extra house points you must get your books checked out and returned by Mr Belsey or Miss Iles at the library desk!) 

Which house will win the Reading Trophy at the end of the year!?



Library Ambassadors

Welcome to the new Larch Librarians Rosey, Jennie, Megan, Cara, Henry and Isaak. Thank you very much for all your help.

Welcome also to the new Library Ambassadors who are just starting their new role in the secondary library: Ben, Bea, Sam, Samar, Oliver, Oscar, Elizabeth, Holly, Elizabeth and Lily.

Poetry Mash-up for National Poetry Day

We had fun creating poetry with author Alice Hemming in the library on Thursday 5th October to celebrate National Poetry Day. We gathered together words and ideas as a whole group and then got to work on our own individual poems.The theme for this year was ‘refuge’.

We also launched the annual SBAS poetry writing competition. The poems will be judged by the author Alice Hemming. The results of the competition will be announced during this half term.

Upcoming library events this half term

Piano Day

Pop into the library at lunchtime on Thursday 23rd November to listen to students’ piano recitals.