Monday, 12 December 2011

The War Memorial

The school war memorial, dedicated to students and staff who gave their lives in WWI and WWII, is situated in the KS4/5 Library; known as the War Memorial Library. The war memorial is important to the life of the school and we mention it often. Aware that, since the War Memorial Library is for the use of KS4 and 5 students and staff only, our KS3 students do not get to see the war memorial, Mrs. Price and Ms. Crozier liaised with Library staff and arranged a timetable of visits for our KS3 students during Form Time this term.

The students had a short talk from Ms. Roberts regarding the war memorial and its significance to the school and students were then able to take a look at the memorial and associated certificates giving details of the war graves.

The behaviour and respect of the students who visited was exemplary. Students were also given the opportunity to ask questions related to the war memorial. A great many considered and intelligent questions were asked which showed the students’ understanding of the significance of their visit.

Monday, 28 November 2011

How ready are you to take a risk?

Borrow a mystery ‘Take A Risk Book’,fill in the short questionnaire and you will
automatically win a prize,


have your name entered into a free prize draw with the chance to win more prizes,

PLUS spot prizes to be won.

See a Librarian in the

Discovery Library for details.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Recent Word of the Week Winners

War Memorial Library :

 An unwholesome or menacing atmosphere. Pollution in the atmosphere, especially noxious vapours from decomposing organic matter.
chosen by Mrs. Dowse (Reprographics)
The activity of changing something (art/education/society or morality) so it is no longer under the control or influence of religion.
chosen by Ashlee Whittingham (13WH)

Discovery Library :
NounWhen you speak of or talk about something that does not exist or has not been invented.
chosen by Victor Reynolds (9TH)

A technique used by artists to give a picture the illusion of distance. Way of regarding situations or facts and judging their relative importance.
chosen by Daniel Smith (7BP)

Monday, 17 October 2011

Booked Up was launched in 2007, inspired by the Bookstart and Booktime programmes, which give free book packs to babies and reception-aged children respectively. During the first four years of the programme, Booked Up has given a free book to over 2.5 million children in England.
Booked Up is generously supported by children’s book publishers and funded by the Department for Education (DfE).

The programme is run by Booktrust, an independent charity dedicated to encouraging people of all ages and cultures to engage with books. Visit  the Booktrust website to find out more.
Booked Up’s goal is to encourage reading for pleasure and independent choice. Year 7 students choose their free book from a list of specially selected titles.

Once again, the Librarians registered TRS and organized the selection and ordering of the books. We hope the Year 7s enjoy their selection. If you like the look of any of the Booked Up books, copies of all the titles are held in the Discovery Library for borrowing.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Word of the Week Winners
War Memorial Library :
Falling to pieces: in a state of disrepair: shabby.
chosen by Jonah Haffner (12KE)
 Discovery Library :
Someone who often claims to be ill when ailments may be imaginary.
chosen by Lewis Faturoti (9TH)

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Recent Word of the Week Winners

War Memorial Library :

Noun (can also be used as an adjective)
A person who seeks to overthrow as government or legally constituted institution, usually by force or violence.
chosen by Mr. Merrony (English Department)

Something that has the appearance of being true or real.
chosen by Maisie Jones (10BY)

Discovery Library :

A strong liking or interest in. Eagerness
chosen by Jasmine Silk (9BC)

Standard against which to judge other people or things.
chosen by Connor Else (7SH)

Tuesday, 20 September 2011


Word of the Week
Discovery Library
Superbly rich and luxurious
chosen by William Breslin (9BM)

War Memorial LIbrary
To distribute or scatter
chosen by Monique Jafarpouran (10BE)

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Tesco and Sainsbury's Vouchers

A BIG thank you to everyone who handed in their vouchers.
They have all been sent off now and we await delivery of all the items we have been able to exchange them for.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Take a Risk

Take a Risk

By popular demand the Discovery Library staff ran ‘Take a Risk’ again in May this year. For those of you who don’t know what this is, here is a short explanation:

We wrap up books in brown paper and string and the students take a risk because they don’t know what they are borrowing. In return for taking a risk, if the students fill out a short questionnaire on the book, they automatically win a prize AND their name goes into a free prize draw with the chance of winning more prizes. There are also spot prize cards in some books.

This year around 100 students participated with 85 questionnaire being completed and prizes claimed. We also gave out 25 spot prizes. Congratulations to Chloe O’Brien in 8 BM who won the free prize draw, Albert Bugden in 8 BM who won second prize and Lena Koca in 7ML who won third prize.

Since ‘Take a Risk’ was so popular we hope to run it again at Christmas so watch out for it.

Friday, 20 May 2011


Please remember that we are collecting TESCO tokens.

They are no longer being given out, but we need them handed

 in to either Library or placed in the box at Reception so that we can count them ready to send off

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Take a Risk is back

Take a Risk is back in the Discovery Library by popular demand.  For those who don’t know what Take a Risk is, we wrap up books for the students to borrow and they are taking a risk because they don’t know what they are borrowing.  In return for taking a risk, if the students fill out a short questionnaire on the book, they automatically win a prize AND their name goes into a free prize draw with the chance of winning more prizes.  There are also spot prize cards in some books.

Friday, 8 April 2011


We have now opened a Twitter account for all those TRS pupils who want to share their book reviews.
Please contact a member of the Library staff for details if you want to join in. or click on the Twitter icon on the right hand side.

Monday, 4 April 2011


Keeping up-to-date with fees charged by universities

There is a regularly updated datablog run by the Guardian newspaper which records all the fees being charged by universities. The site also contains a map showing all the evidence to date and the latest comments from universities yet to announce their plans.

From what I understand the site will continue to be updated for some months to come, until such time as all universities have declared their position.

The site is at:
We have now been choosing a Word of the Week for 3 years.
Here are  the words that have been chosen in the War Memorial Library:

plagiarism imbibe daimonic persistence
separation confuddled oxymoron optimism
hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia onomatopoeia
Zoroastrianism ubuntu skedaddle procrastinate
skulduggery pontificate haiku infinitesimal
narthex tercentenary pusillanimous aesthetic
sepulchral boondoggle succinct discombobulate
Machiavellian abstemious ostensibly fanfaronade
defenestration verisimilitude flibbertigibbet kerosene
panacea exemplary subliminal invigorate desolation
rhapsodomancy cathartic aiguillette peripatetic
xanthippe omphaloskepsis endorphin ridiculous
recalcitrant paracrostic serendipity purloin
gaunt comprehensible ombudsman obstreperous
mercurial contortionist deipnosophist innuendo prodigy
reticence laurel tintinnabulation exacerbate
pulchritudinous bigot cinephilia tempestuous
koniosis envisage loquacious apprehensive
erroneously enigma idiosyncrasy triskaidekaphobia
confuffled monotonous faux pas bilious
daguerreotype volition bathophobia hubbub
antagonising attribute epicycloid kudos

If you have a favourite or unusual word please put your entry in the box.

Word of the Week winners

Discovery Library :

Adjective :
Of only ordinary or moderate quality; neither good nor bad; barely adequate.
chosen by Elizabeth Smith (8TH)

A type of small brownish bat found throughout the world.
chosen by Charlie Cornwell (8TH)

Monday, 28 March 2011


Please remember that we are collecting the following tokens:



They can be handed in to either Library or placed in the box at Reception

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Word of the Week winners
War Memorial Library :

Noun Someone’s opinion or their point of view of what something means. An explanation of something that is not immediately obvious.
Chosen by Ayesha Hall (10GR)

Discovery Library :

Verb To plunge, bury or swallow up. To overwhelm.
Chosen by Frankie Palmer (7MT)

Friday, 11 March 2011

Recent Word of the Week Winners

War Memorial Library :
Noun  A Quality or feature representative of a person or object
Chosen by Ben Jones(13PL)
Noun The curve described by a point on the circumference of a circle as the circle rolls on the outside of the circumference of a second fixed circle.
Chosen by Dean Welch (13RF)
Noun Credit or praise for exceptional achievement. Glory. Fame
Chosen by Ben Jones (13PL)

Discovery Library :
Noun  One who believes in the existence of a god or gods
Chosen by Coran Fielding (7WR)
Noun  A herbivorous marine mammal (Dugong dugon), native to tropical coastal waters of the Indian Ocean, Red Sea, and southwest Pacific Ocean and having flipperlike forelimbs and a deeply notched tail fin.
Chosen by Philippa Brett 8GO
Adjective  Shocked about something
Chosen by Poppie Bryce (7LO)
Adjective  Sleep inducing. e.g. That boring film was soporific
Chosen by Luke Blanchard (8TN)

Friday, 18 February 2011

7r1 Performance Poetry

During two visits to the Discovery Library 7r1 chose poems from the Library collection to perform to the class.  The students had to think not only about the poem they were going to perform but also about how to use linguistic techniques such as intonation, pitch, modulation, inflection, tone, stress and emphasis rather than simply acting.

School Libraries - A Right

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) recently issued this statement about School Libraries:

School Libraries – A Right

We believe that throughout their education every child is entitled to:

• Support from designated library staff with extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and experience to advise, encourage and inspire wider reading and reading for pleasure to ensure fair provision for all

• A skilled library practitioner with responsibility and time to help children and young people develop the skills needed to manage today’s information overload, to become lifelong learners and to meet the future job market’s need for problem solvers and independent thinkers

• A safe and secure library environment for learning during and outside school hours, where help, resources and advice are freely available to all

• High quality and wide-ranging library and classroom resources to support their curriculum which have been carefully selected to meet the needs of their age, learning style and ability and organised to provide easy access and availability

• Be valued as an individual, having access to reading materials which are exploited by a knowledgeable person to support the emotional, cultural, leisure and wider needs of the whole person

We believe that every school’s teaching team is entitled to:

A designated library professional who:

• understands the curriculum and pastoral needs of teaching staff and who will support these with managed resources

• will collaborate with staff on curriculum planning and development and be involved in teaching

• will develop partnership working with other key organisations within and beyond the school

We believe that the wider school community is entitled to:

A designated library professional who can play a key role in developing the school as a hub of the community by:

• Building links with the public library service to support children’s learning outside the classroom

• Helping parents and carers to develop an understanding about how their children’s learning is enhanced through access to a range of library resources and advising them about how to access and use these resources with their children

• Ensuring they are equipped with an understanding of the digital literacy strategies needed to educate their children in the safe and ethical use of the internet

February 2011

Further Reading: IFLA/UNESCO School Library Manifesto: the school library in teaching and learning for all. 1999. UNICEF Convention on the Rights of the Child.1989 School Library Association Primary School Library Charter 2010

Monday, 31 January 2011

Recent Word of the Week Winners

War Memorial Library :
Volition chosen by Mr. Al-Rifai (ICT)
The act or an instance of making a conscious choice or decision
Bathophobia chosen by Mr. Shaw (Technology)
An abnormal and persistent fear of depths.

Hubbub chosen by Ben Jones 13PL
A confused sound of many voices
Antagonising chosen by Rebecca Birks (13MW)
Intentionally annoying or winding someone up to get a reaction

Discovery Library :
Perturb chosen by Ellie Ousby (9CZ)
To disturb the composure of.

Lumberjack chosen by Conor Betts (8BM)
A person whose job is to cut or carry timber.

Brobdingnagian chosen by Oliver Woodland 9HR
Gigantic and enormous