Have you been celebrating National Share a Story Month in your school? If so, please send me what has been happening in your own school. Have a look at the wonderful things that have been going on at Bishop’s Stortford College.
‘The Prep School Library at Bishop’s Stortford College is celebrating National Share a Story Month with a Dragon theme. The library displays have embraced this mythical theme and Library lessons have focused on how dragons have been represented in stories, poetry and in art throughout the ages. A Dragon app that revealed dragons flying around the library was especially popular.
The Picture Book Benches, painted by Prep School pupils with the help of Hertfordshire based artist James Mayhew earlier in the year, have been ideal for sharing stories in the sunshine. (previous post) Pupils have also been challenged by the “Shh! Who’s Reading Here” competition; a selection of clues have been arranged for 24 titles and pupils have been invited to make an educated guess! Thanks to parents who helped create the literary challenge for everyone.’
Librarian Rosie Pike from Bishop’s Stortford College Prep School shared with us this inspiring story. I would love some of these beautiful benches in my school, wouldn’t you? Rosie says:
“This project has been achieved with the help of a donation from the Friends, allowing the acquisition of book benches and colourful exterior bean bags and seating. Inspired by the National Literacy Trust’s book bench project in London we were able to buy two blank book benches. Author and illustrator of the Katie books, James Mayhew, who also created a ‘Katie in London’ bench for the ‘Books about Town’, joined Prep School pupils in the art room to help create a special ‘Katie in Bishop’s Stortford’ bench, painted by the pupils, and another inspired by the theme of gardens in children’s books. Pupils had previously engaged in a competition to design the two benches and the winners of this competition contributed tothe final painting of them.
The College is extremely grateful to the Prep School Friends and James for making this fantastic project possible. The Prep School Librarian Rosie Pike said, “It was a thrilling day for all involved. Seeing how the benches developed during the course of the day was amazing, and an idea of the fun that was had can be seen in this time lapse video.
The benches are now a focal part of our new library garden, and as you can see are well used by the children!”
(All photos of pupils used with full permissions)
If you would like to purchase one of these book benches, they can be backordered from the Wild in Art website. Contact Joy Young, and she will be able to help you.
Andrea Hassan, Librarian at Old Buckenham High School in Norfolk, shares this wonderful event with us. Sounds and looks like a wonderful time was had by everyone! (Permission was given for all pupils shown to appear on the website.)
After months of planning it was time for Old Buckenham High School students and staff to share the magic at their first ever Harry Potter Big Event this week.
Forty seven wizards and muggles convened after school for an evening of fun activities designed to celebrate the books. The event started in the school library with students donning the Sorting Hat to be placed into the four Houses; Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin. Once assembled they embarked on a Diagon Alley Hunt followed by a Quidditch Tournament in which the house teams received points for each Quaffle goal they scored before the Golden Snitch was thrown into the hoop – no mean feat considering everyone involved had to hold a wand during play!
After their zealous performance refreshments were served, with drinks in potion bottles aptly labelled ‘Wolfshane Potion’, ‘Flesh-Eating Slug Repellent’ and ‘Bubotuber Pus’. Students also made wizarding name badges, decorated cupcakes and had the chance to earn house points in the Harry Potter Bingo and Quiz with the winning house being announced at the end of the evening in the Prize Ceremony. There was much rejoicing as Slytherin received the title ‘House Victor 2015’ with a staggering 610 points, 130 points more than Ravenclaw in second place. Year 7 student Tilly Rawling won the best decorated cupcake competition and many more prizes were handed out in the raffle.
Laura Taylor, a fantastic school librarian whom many of us know from her years working in the UK, has taken on the task of creating a new library in a new school in Singapore. This was her first World Book Day, and she was determined to make it go with a bang! Dulwich College Singapore is an all-through school. This is what she shared about World Book Day in her school:
‘1000 staff and students parading around the school today ( to sounds of Gotta Keep Reading and Paperback Writer over the tannoy) in some incredible book character costumes. Highlights for me were the Year 7 boy dressed as Walliams’s The Boy in the Dress (so original – looked brilliant ) and the Wimpy Kid with a huge papier mache white head along with the teachers dressed as The Paper Bag Princess, Mary Poppins, Pippi Longstocking, Dracula, Queen of Hearts, Cats in Hats, Sherlock Holmes, Little Misses, Goldilocks and her 3 Bears , several Wallys and Harry Potters of course, plus the Heads of school dressed as the Tin Man, Wicked Witch of the West and Wizard of Oz.”
Classroom doors were also decorated for the theme of Book Week, and you can see the fantastic results on the Flikr stream.
We held a HP party for 60 girls, with decorations and activities.
Librarian Penny (aka Madam Trelawney) and her assistant (Tonks) had a wonderful time in the library on Harry Potter Night. This is her account of the time, along with some wonderful pictures. Penny reports:
“We sorted them as they arrived, with a hat and badges in a bag, then they were photographed in a ‘Have you seen this wizard’ frame. Then 4 prefects each took their house to a different lesson which were: Charms with floating rings Transfiguration with card tricks Care of magical creatures with a bring-your-own creature competition Divination making paper fortune tellers
As each 10 minute lesson ended, I cried “finite incantatem!”, and the moved on. We finished with a magical creatures final, and party bags with re-packaged sweets, and very special bookmarks designed by my brilliant assistant.
We were totally exhausted, but it was such fun! Already planning next year’s!”
Anita, Librarian at Merchant Taylors’ school in Liverpool, sent me her account of what they got up to on Harry Potter Night. It sounds fantastic! She says:
“I had 80 years 3 and 4 for 90 minutes doing three of a ten activity programme. Somehow I managed to persuade eleven teachers to run an activity after school for no extra pay (lots of approval points though) and then further persuade our deputy head to be Professor McGonagall complete with sorting hat. Altogether there were 20 of us last night all gowned up, playing Quidditch,making mini Hedwigs,watching an amazing science demonstration,learning Latin spells,following a mischief map,learning about the history of magic,doing mini science ,astronomy and making wands. Even refreshments were HP themed green jelly with sour spiders,pumpkin juice and cupcakes.”
A fuller description and photos can be found on the school website. Pictured here is Deputy Head Jane Tyndall in the guise of Professor McGonagall.
Aren’t these beautiful? Am totally collecting suitable books and learning how to do these for next year! Thank you to Alison Tarrant who learned how to make these at the East Midlands YLG Unconference earlier in the year.
It’s that wonderful time of year again, when I get pictures of amazing displays in my email!
Yesterday, not one but two beautiful and very different Christmas tree book displays were sent to me, and I love both of them, don’t you? The first tree, minimalist on empty shelves is in Alderley Edge School for Girls in Cheshire and was created by librarian Ruth Wood; the second is in St. Mary’s Catholic School in Bishop’s Stortford and was created by the librarian Emma Halford, with help from the teaching assistants who suggested that she find a book with a star on the front to go on the top of the tree!
I love both of these, and if you have any lovely Christmas displays, videos, or anything else seasonal to share, do send them to me.
The wonderful Helen Smith, Learning Resources Manager at Eckington School has worked her magic again and produced a Christmas TV schedule for us, where the films/programmes are all based on books. Enjoy!
In my inbox this afternoon was one of those emails that just brightens up your day! Jenny Bartlett from the North London Collegiate school emailed me to show off this wonderful display that her colleague Mr Chan had created in the library. She told me that it is creating quite a buzz – as well it might! Jenny explained the reason for the display:
‘Our school has an annual ‘Fantasy Fashion’ event, a charity fundraiser where pupils design and produce fantasy fashion outfits around a given theme, culminating in a fashion show complete with catwalk. We like to create library displays to tie in with school events, and for this year, bought some new books on fashion, design, creative textiles etc. Mr Chan, one of our librarians, has created an incredible display that is placed right at our main entrance. We’ve extended the theme by incorporating and adapting well known book titles – so we have ‘A Streetcar named Denim’, ‘To Kilt a Mockingbird’, ‘Tender is the Nightgown’, ‘All the King’s Menswear’, amongst others!
He has also dressed a mannequin using withdrawn books, and this will be placed outside the library to publicise a competition, ‘Strike a Prose’, where pupils are invited to write a piece around the year’s theme. It will be interesting to see if extending our display beyond the library itself will bear fruit. We are hoping that the mannequin itself will take part in the fashion show, possibly on a set of wheels!
‘Fantasy Fashion is inspired in memory of a pupil. She spent part of her gap year working with the Karenni refugees in Burma, changed career direction and ended up working and living amongst them, but was sadly killed there in a motorbike crash. Fantasy fashion each year is in her memory, and money raised goes to the refugees. Always a big thing here, and still attended by her parents.’
This is one of the most beautiful and innovative displays – especially the mannequin! – that I have seen for a while. Don’t forget if you have a great display in your library, we would love to share it on Heart.