Friday, 19 May 2017

Keep Calm and Carry on Revising in the War Memorial Library

We have a good selection of revision resources available in the War Memorial Library – come and have a browse or ask one of the Librarians.  There are some useful GCSE revision websites listed on the blog, as well as Post 16 resources, which provide A-level revision websites and advice on referencing.

One of our P16 lunchtime library helpers has also recommended the Get Revising website, which allows you to organise your time with a study planner, create useful tools including mind-maps and flash cards and discuss your subjects with other students. To check it out visit Get Revising.


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

To mark Mental Health Awareness week 2017, we have created a useful display of fiction and non-fiction books in the War Memorial Library. This year's awareness theme is relationships.



And there are some useful websites too.  Click here and here and here  and here  and here . 

And because


we have a great selection of books in the Discovery Library to make you



Friday, 5 May 2017

Free Comic Book Day 2017

If you love comics, this Saturday, 6th May, is Free Comic Book Day 2017!  The titles being given away this year include Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Doctor Who, The Simpsons and Guardians of the Galaxy.


The Forbidden Planet is hosting events and giving away bags of comics (whilst stocks last) – for more details and their nearest store checkout their website

You can also pick up a free comic at branches of the some London public libraries, namely Hammersmith and Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.

You may also want to check out Piranha in Bromley High Street, which sells comic books and cult collectables.

Meanwhile, don't forget to check out the Graphic Novel collections in the Libraries!

First News and Stabilo – Young Journalist of the Year 2017 Writing Competition

This is a great competition for anyone who loves writing and has a keen interest in journalism and current affairs!  To enter the competition, you must write a column of no more than 300 words about something that is happening in your local area or school or an issue affecting your family or friends that you would like to raise awareness about.  A column is where the writer gives their opinion on an important issue, which appear in newspapers, magazines and web sites.

The closing date is 7th July and is open to 8 to 18 year olds.  The winners get their own column published in First News and win a bundle of STABILO stationery products worth £1,000 for their school.

For hints and tips and how to enter go to http://www.stabilofirstnews.co.uk/.  Copies of First News are available in the Discovery Library.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Word of the Week - recent winners

The Library runs competitions throughout the year, including Word of the Week. Below are some recent winners. This week on Simon Mayo's Drive time show on Radio 2, hermaphrodite, our word of the week in the Discovery Library, was mentioned in relation to pineapples.

If you have an interesting or unusual word that you want to share with everyone, please ask for an entry form in either of the Libraries.  The competition is available to enter in both the Discovery and War Memorial Libraries.  All Word of the Week winners receive a pen of their choice!

Discovery Library

Haphazard
Adjective: not organised or planned; slapdash.
chosen by Christopher (8MP)

Enrapture
Verb: To fill with intense delight.
chosen by Kursat (7BT)
   
Kerfuffle
Noun: A commotion or fuss.
chosen by Rebecca (8WN)

Excruciating
Adjective: Very intense [pain]; very embarrassing, awkward or tedious.
chosen by Megan (8FH)

Elucidate
Noun: To explain or clarify
chosen by Roseanna (8MP)

Vivid
Noun: (of colour) intensely deep and bright, like a rainbow: powerful feelings or strong clear memories in the mind.
chosen by Chloe (9VC)

Protestation
Noun: A strong declaration in response to doubt or accusation.
chosen by Ben (8SH)

Obstreperous
Verb: Noisy and difficult to control (making things difficult just for the sake of it). The slang version of this word is stroppy.
chosen by Charles (7AH)

Zionism
Noun: A movement for the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel.
chosen by Melanie (8FH)

Vertigo
Noun:  A sensation of dizziness felt because ones balance is disturbed.
chosen by Kursat (7BT)

Tangible
Adjective: Something that can be touched or felt.
chosen by Oscar (7WL)

Nirvana
Noun: In Buddhism and Hinduism, the highest state of knowledge and understanding achieved by mediation.
chosen by Tom (7CT)

Picturesque
Adjective: Visually pleasing or quaint, as if resembling a picture.
chosen by Isabelle (8CS)

Abrasion
Noun: The process of scraping or wearing something away.  In Geography, rough seas fling pebbles against the rocks, these pebbles act like sandpaper.
chosen by Valon (9BL)

Preposterous
Adjective: Laughable, an idea that is obviously not realistic.
chosen by Rosanna (8MP)

Zodiac
Noun: In Astrology, a circular or elliptical diagram representing figures associated with constellations; an area of the sky through which the sun, moon and most of the planets appear to move, divided into twelve astrological signs each named for a constellation of stars.
chosen by Ali (7NE)

Stoic
Noun: A person who does whatever is thrown at them without showing their feelings or complaining.
chosen by Rosanna (8MP)

Hermaphrodite
Adjective: In Biology, an organism, such as an earth worm or flowering plant, that has both male and female reproductive organs.  
chosen by Suwarnan (8BA)

Lugubrious
Adjective: Laughable, an idea that is obviously not realistic.
chosen by Rosanna (8MP)


War Memorial Library

Tangential
Adjective: Of superficial relevance only; digressive
chosen by India Lindsay (13CP)

Conformity
Noun: Changing behaviour and/or beliefs in order to fit in with a group of people.
chosen by Harry (12CC)

Brachycephalic
Noun: Means short headed.  In dogs, it applies to breeds with a short snout or a broad short skull e.g. pugs.
chosen by Eloise (12HW)

Obnoxious
Noun: Extremely unpleasant.
chosen by Jordan (10 HY)

Melliflous
Adjective: Pleasant sounding and musical to hear.
chosen by Mahira (13CP)

Odious
Adjective: Extremely unpleasant, repulsive.
chosen by Geoffrey (10SY)

Aper├žu
Noun: A comment or brief reference, which makes an illuminating or entertaining point.
chosen by Ms Roberts (Librarian)

Acrimonious
Adjective: Full of bitterness
chosen by James (12SS)

Exacerbate
Verb: To make a situation or problem worse.
chosen by Comert(10RE)

Psychocentric
Adjective: A psychological term for a person who prefers the familiar and is not open to new experiences.  Psychocentric travellers are said to prefer trips close to home and to seek familiar environments.
chosen by Christopher (13WB)

Usurp
Adjective: To take (a position of power/importance) illegally or by force.
chosen by Frankie (13ME)

Toponymy
Noun: The study of place-names of a region or language.
chosen by Mr Nazer (Science)

Monotropy
Noun:  In Psychology, the concept that infants have an innate and inborn capacity to attach primarily to a single caregiver or attachment figure. 
chosen by Eloise (12 HW)

Orthogonal
Adjective: Of or involving right angles; at right angles.  In statistics, it refers to the independence of variates.  
chosen by Frankie (13ME)

Factionalism
Adjective: Fragmentation of the political system into separate groups, who then compete for patronage. 
chosen by Mr Mills (History) 

Bildungsroman
Noun: A novel based upon the moral and psychological development of the main character from youth to adulthood; a coming-of-age- novel.
chosen by Mrs Nolan (Librarian) 

Garnish
Noun: A small amount of food used to decorate other food. 
chosen by Christopher (13WB) 

Luthier
Noun: A maker of stringed instruments, e.g. guitar and violin. 
chosen by Joe (12MC) 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

TRS Carnegie Shadowing Group


A group of our Year 7 students at The Ravensbourne School have decided to shadow the CILIP Carnegie Children's Book Awards.  This involves reading, discussing and reviewing the eight shortlisted titles selected by the judges.




Take a look at our page on the Shadowing website here.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Easter Holiday Reading


Over the Easter holidays the Librarians enjoy making time to read, especially as we have just launched the Carnegie Shadowing Scheme and there are eight brilliant short listed books to read! Check out our Carnegie short list post for details.
From the short list, Mrs Nolan has just finished reading Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk, which is set in Pennsylvanian, USA, around the time of the second world war.  It tells the story of a young girl and her relationship with a local man, who chooses to live his life outside of the community, and how everything changes when a new girl comes to town.  A compelling read, it focuses on identity and friendship and not judging people on appearances.
Mrs Nolan is also reading Lydia: The Wild Girl of Pride & Prejudice by Natasha Farrant and came across a great quote:
“Don’t be afraid of books Miss Bennett. Simply treat them with the respect they deserve, and you will be richly rewarded.  You do not need to be clever or rich or have attended celebrated schools or universities in order to appreciate them.  It is enough simply to have an open and receptive mind – and, sometimes, it is true, a little perseverance.  But you must not be afraid, Miss Bennett, for books do not judge you.”
We look forward to hearing what you have been reading and are always keen to receive your book reviews, which we will post on this blog.