Library Garden and Book Benches

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:

IMG_1922“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 toIMG_1915the 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.


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Hogwarts Express to Old Buckenham

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.)

OBHS Harry Potter Eve 2015 Library

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 OBHS Harry Potter Eve 2015 Sorting Hatassembled 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 OBHS Harry Potter Eve 2015 Quidditchbadges, 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.OBHS Harry Potter Eve 2015 House Points

OBHS Harry Potter Eve 2015 cupcakes