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We have just launched a new Scholastic book club for Gordano School which allows parents and carers to purchase the newest releases at great discounted prices while supporting the school also. For every £1 you spend on this term’s Book Club, our school will earn 20p in book commission.
Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running! You can check out the latest offers in the November leaflet (click on the image to open the PDF) as well well our school page on their website which includes the latest offers and much more. There are also books for younger children.
If you would like to put an order through, please note we are only accepting online orders at the moment. Order through the link above and you can choose to either have the books sent to your home (free for orders over £25) or you can choose to have books delivered to the school for free. We will then deliver the book to your child in school. Please place your order online by November 21st, 2020.
If you have any queries, please email Mrs McGilloway on email@example.com.
Don’t forget to keep reading/listening to stories during the school closure! Here are some suggestions:
LibrariesWest (public library service)
While libraries are closed you can still access a range of reading and listening material via their electronic services: e-magazines, e-books and audio books are all available to borrow for free. You will need your library card number to register/sign in to those services. ; if you are not a member, you are able to join the library service online in order to access the resources. Visit here to join.
It’s all free!
Click on each icon to access the service:
LibrariesWest have also launched an an incredible online Comics collection, with immediate access to over 1500 comics! All you need is your library card number. Click on the image below to access:
Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which has expired.
Audible have made lots of children’s books available for free . Go their website and start listening.
Authors reading from their books
Marcus Sedgwick – Floodland
Author Marcus Sedgewick is reading his book Floodland in instalments, uploaded on his website here.
Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
You can watch Neil Gaiman read The Graveyard Book here.
Kwame Alexander – The Crossover
Chris Riddell – Hugo Pepper
Chris Riddell is uploading chapters of Hugo Pepper on his Facebook page.
Scholastic have asked their favourite authors to read one chapter from their books. You can start listening here.
World Book Day
Some of the World Book Day masterclasses include readings.
World of Stories – free audio books to listen to!
And if you enjoy creative writing…
Authorfy are publishing a 10 minute writing challenge daily! See here.
Sarah Crossan is posting a daily Poetry Challenge of Instagram.
One of the campaigns for World Book Day this year is to share a million stories.
Research shows that sharing stories together has long-lasting effects on a child’s future and being read to is critical in igniting enthusiasm for reading. Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator for success in life, more than family circumstances, educational background, or income.
We will be celebrating in all year 7 to 11 classes by sharing extracts from books which are linked to each subject in theme.The English department will be reading openings from Carnegie Medal longlisted titles, and there are some other extracts under ‘General Fiction’, for a bit of variety!
All the books included are available to borrow for the school library:
We are really looking to welcoming Tom Palmer at Gordano School!
Our Year 7 students have been busy reading for the Year 7 tutor group reading challenge and we have been busy building up their book piles. They are are now displayed upstairs in the English building and we will continue to add to the them until the end of the challenge.
This is how tutor groups are doing so far:
There is still plenty of time to get involved! Every book read counts!
To find out more about the Year 7 Reading Challenge, see this post.
This challenge is open to year 8 and 9 students
What is it about?
The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book written in English for children and young people.
The Carnegie Medal was established in 1936, in memory of the great Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Carnegie was a self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA. His experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that “if ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries.”
Some previous winners:
To read as many of the books as you can until the shortlist is announced on 19th March !
We have purchased many of the titles on the nominations list. You can check the titles we have on AccessIt . You will find a list called “Carnegie Medal Nominations List 2020” under Quick Lists.
Prizes will be awarded for students writing reviews on the library catalogue (you can find out how to do this here), and for reading 10 books or more!
WILDCARD: As part of your challenge you can also read ONE previous Carnegie Medal winner. A list is available on AccessIt under Quick Lists.
*Read a book from the list
*Review it on AccessIt (make sure you have collected your Borrower ID and PIN in order to do so)
* Go to the library and fill in one of the challenge cards:
Any questions, ask the Mrs McGilloway or Mrs Toft!
Today we are launching a brand new reading challenge for year 7 students! Tutor groups will compete against each other to attempt to read the height of an average year 7 student by 20 March 2020!
Whether you read one book a week or one book a month, whether you prefer thin or thick books, it all adds up so make sure you make all your reading count! It doesn’t matter if your book is not from the school library either.
All the information needed is in the presentation below.
On 11th November, we were delighted to welcome Nikesh Shukla to Gordano School, who spoke to all year 9 students about his latest Young Adult book, The Boxer (which has just been nominated for the Carnegie Medal).
The Boxer was inspired by a racial incident Nikesh was subjected to while travelling home on a train. The book’s protagonist, Sunny, find himself in a similar situation:
Told over the course of the ten rounds of his first fight, this is the story of amateur boxer Sunny. A seventeen year old feeling isolated and disconnected in the city he’s just moved to, Sunny joins a boxing club to learn to protect himself after a racist attack. He finds the community he’s been desperately seeking at the club, and a mentor in trainer Shobu, who helps him find his place in the world. But racial tensions are rising in the city, and when a Far Right march through Bristol turns violent, Sunny is faced with losing his new best friend Keir to radicalisation. Told over the course of the ten rounds of his first fight, this is the story of amateur boxer Sunny. A seventeen year old feeling isolated and disconnected in the city he’s just moved to, Sunny joins a boxing club to learn to protect himself after a racist attack. He finds the community he’s been desperately seeking at the club, and a mentor in trainer Shobu, who helps him find his place in the world. But racial tensions are rising in the city, and when a Far Right march through Bristol turns violent, Sunny is faced with losing his new best friend Keir to radicalisation.
It was a very thought-provoking event and we are grateful to Nikesh for taking the time to visit us!
The Boxer is available to borrow from the library. Signed copies can be purchased from Books on the Hill in Clevedon, who organised book sales for us on the day.