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.

Friday, 31 March 2017

TRS interview with best-selling author Joe Craig


On the 22nd March, the very funny and TRS favourite, Joe Craig visited the school to perform and inspire our Years 7 and 8!  At the end of the day, Joe kindly agreed to be interviewed by one of our Year 10 students, Ben McGowan.  An edited version of the interview, which was written for the school newspaper, appears below: 

You've visited hundreds of schools, do you ever get bored?
A: Not really, I try to limit myself to twenty schools a year and I always try my best to make each event different and exciting.

What do you want people to get out of your books - what do you want them to feel?
A:  Utter paranoia. I want them to trust no one. It's not being pessimistic either it's just realistic.

Have you ever based a character on someone in real life?
A: I don't believe so. I've based some character’s relationships on close relationships in my life, such as my wife and her brother and the relationships I had with my friends as a child.

You often write from the perspective of a teenager or a young person do you ever feel like perhaps you’re slightly off in how you portray them, you’re obviously not a teenager yourself?
A: I try not to reflect today's young people because I'm not confident I could. I mostly reflect upon my own childhood, which is why the universe of my books is set slightly behind us in terms of technology.

What's it like working with a publisher such as Harper Collins, do you have a lot of freedom?
A: Well, I have relatively large amounts of freedom and good editors and as time has gone on they've allowed me even more freedom. There's probably only one thing they've ever made me do that I regret putting in.

Have you ever decided to just scrap a large piece of work?
A: Yes a few times, my second book was technically the third book I wrote. There was another version which I scrapped entirely to start all over again.

Do you have any sort of routine for writing or a favourite place to write in?
A: My study mostly, sometimes I'll go to the cafe. I normally use either notebooks or some sort of portable typing device

Who are your three biggest influences in literature?
A: It's tough to narrow it down to three, but my top four would be Robert Ludlum, Lawrence Block, Vladimir Nabokov and Paul Auster.

What are your memories of GCSE English?
A: I mean, considering our setting, I'm not sure if I should really say, but I didn't really read any of the books apart from Macbeth and I just somehow managed to bluff my way to some good grades.

So you chose to turn down a job at an oil company in favour of a life in the creative arts and literature, why was this? 
A: Partly due to practicalities such as location but also I just wanted to pursue music further.

Have you made a lot of sacrifices and taken lots of risks to be a full time writer?
A: I think with any creative job it's always a lot more unstable than other jobs. I've tried my best to do things to make it more stable but there are always risks. There are also lots of benefits though - I'm much more flexible with work hours and at the end the joy of it all beats everything else!

You are also a musician, what's that like and does it influence your literature or vice versa?A: Well, my creative thought process is quite similar but obviously a book takes a lot more time to write than a song.  However, music has taught me the difference between intellect and instinct.

You've done some work in the movie industry too, would you ever consider making a movie adaptation of one of your books?
A: Absolutely! I'd love to make a Jimmy Coates movie and there are also films I've made that I'd like to adapt into books. I always found movies more accessible from a younger age, therefore movies probably influence my writing more than other books. I've watched many more movies than I've read books and even when I didn't read a lot of books I was always watching movies.

If you would like to read the Jimmy Coates series by Joe Craig, all seven books are available to borrow from the Discovery Library.  The release date for the final book in the series, Genesis, is yet to be confirmed, but is one our wish list.  Watch this space! 

Waterstones Children's Book Awards 2017 - winner announced

Debut novel, The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave has won this year's Waterstones Children's Book prize.  Inspired by Philip Pulman's The Firework-Makers Daughter and childhood visits to the Canary Islands, this novel is a magical and mythical tale of adventure about a map maker's daughter who sets out to rescue her best friend from a forbidden forest using her fathers maps and her knowledge of myths.

An interesting blog post on the Guardian books website, highlights other empowering female characters in children's books, including Katherine Rundell's Wolf Wilder.  The Girl of Ink & Stars and Wolf Wilder are both available to borrow from the Discovery Library.  For more suggestions on what to read have a look at the new books section of the Library blog.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Waterstones YA Book Club


https://www.waterstones.com/bookshops/bromleyWaterstones in Bromley run a YA  on the last Thursday of every month.  If you enjoy chatting about books why not drop in? Drinks and snacks are provided too! Details here.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Joe Craig is coming to TRS

We are delighted to announce that the wonderful Joe Craig, author of the thrilling action adventure Jimmy Coates series, will be visiting TRS on Wednesday 22nd March!  Joe will be working with our Year 7 and 8 students and signing copies of his books, which will be available to buy on the day for the special price of £6.

To find out more about Joe Craig visit his web page or read his blog.