Fun in the Snow this week

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New EPQ sessions for the Spring Term

Neither snow nor circulating viruses have dampened the enthusiasm of students working for the Extended Project Qualification. During the Christmas break they completed a mini literature review which involved critically evaluating three different sources relevant to their project. They are now meeting once a week  with their allocated  mentor/supervisor who will guide them through their projects and help to complete the log book.

During the week Mr Trevis, the EPQ co-ordinator, has given them further instruction with regard to the log book which is the most impartant element of the project as it gives detailed evidence of the skills learned, problems over come, the management of the project and fullfills the assessment criteria which is as follows: Opportunity to earn marks

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The New Term Starts with Titles from the Costa Book Awards


This most prestigious and popular of the literary prizes recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK and Ireland. Formerly The Whitbread Literary Awards, Costa took over ownership in 2006. The total prize fund is £55,000. Each of the category winners receives £5,000 and the overall winner receives a further £30,000. It’s not just about the prize money. Just being short listed hugely increases sales.  

It’s unique for having five categories: First NovelNovel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book.

This Year Features a number of  ‘Firsts’

  • The first time a female winner has featured in each category
  • The first time a graphic novel has won any of the awards
  • The first time a writer has won both the Booker and the Costa prize in the same  year           


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Christmas in the Library

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Recommended Christmas Reading

All this week Mr Trevis has been using assembly time for all year groups to talk about some of the wonderful novels members of staff have recommended.  With Christmas fast approaching, it is the ideal season for ‘diving into a good book’.  Many of the books are on display in the Library and can be borrowed over the holiday period. Those above are just an example of some of the many  titles.

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Charles Dickens and Christmas

An Extract From the Display in the Lbirary Created by Mrs Wallis

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Eva Schloss Visits Library to Look at the Display and Sign Her Books

Born in Austria in 1929 but later moving to live in Holland after Hitler annexed Austria, Eva Schloss went into hiding with her family when the Germans invaded Holland in 1942.  After betrayal and capture, she was sent to  Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp where she was one of only six who survived out of the 800 sent with her. We were very priviledged to have Eva visit the Library after her Lecture. She was very pleased with the display Mrs Wallis had created about her life, books and play and was overwhelmed by the response of pupils and staff at the book signing. Never has a visiting author been so warmly and enthusiastically welcomed in our school and Library. You can listen to her moving lecture in the Upper Sixth Lectures file on Clickview.

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