Thursday, 29 January 2015

Sam Enthoven is coming!! 

The author Sam Enthoven is coming to The Ravensbourne School on Wednesday the 4th of February to give a presentation to our Year 8 and 9 students.
If you would like to know more about Sam and his books take a look at his website:

Students will be able to order signed copies of his books on the day and also from the Library until Friday the 6th of February.

My Name is ‘O’ £6.99
O is on a mission. A mission to challenge the masters who rule all our lives. A mission to change the world. A mission that could mean death.
Crawlers £5.99
A school theatre trip turns into something pretty sinister, who can the students trust, can they even trust each other??? 
Tim, Defender of the Earth £5.99
TIM, aka Tyrannosaurus: Improved Model, forms an unlikely alliance with fifteen-year-olds Chris and Anna in order to save humanity from the greatest threat it has ever known.
The Black Tattoo £5.99
Set in modern-day London Black Tattoo is about 14-year-old Charlie who thinks he has been given superpowers. The truth is, however, that Charlie has been possessed by a demon.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Holocaust Memorial Day

Today, 27th January 2015, is Holocaust Memorial Day.  The Holocaust was the mass murder of six million Jewish people and millions of other people in the lead up to and during the Second World War.  The killings were organised by the German Nazi party, led by Adolf Hitler.  Most people were killed because they belonged to certain racial or religious groups that the Nazis wanted to wipe out. This type of killing is called genocide.

Holocaust Memorial Day is a time to remember, reflect and learn from the past and realise that genocide does not take place on its own, but is a steady process which can start if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has created a list of books especially written for young people that deal with the subject of the Holocaust.  They include the Morris Gleitzman series ‘Once’ ‘Now’, ‘Then’ and ‘After’; The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne and The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.  All of these books and more are available to borrow from the Discovery Library.  For the full book list go to

To find out more about the Holocaust, visit The Holocaust Memorial Day trust website.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Guess Who's Reading Competition

We are launching a new and exciting competition in the Library called 'Guess Who's Reading?'.  All year groups are welcome to enter.  Seven members of staff at TRS were photographed reading.  If you can guess all seven you will win a prize!

The closing date will be Friday, 13th February 2015.  Pick up an entry form from the Discovery Library.  Good luck!!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Winners of the Christmas 'Take a Risk' free prize draw

Over 200 students took a risk and a borrowed a 'Take a Risk' book at the end of last term.

157 Questionnaires were successfully completed and prizes given, as well as 45 spot prizes.  All entries were then put forward for the free prize draw.  

The lucky prize draw winners below were presented with their prizes at the KS3 assemblies:
  • Hannah-Rose 7LC
  • Joshua O 7AM
  • Holly B 8NE

Thank you to all those who took part!

Friday, 16 January 2015

Library Lessons - Mapping the Empire

We offer a variety of Library lessons across all departments.  They are popular with the students, who tell us that they enjoy the opportunity to work independently and as part of a team.

‘Mapping the Empire’ is a History Library lesson, where the students are asked to pick a country that was part of the British Empire and produce a fact file on that country.  When the fact file is completed, the student places a dot on the map showing the location of their country.  This allows the class to consider the location, spread and importance of countries in the British Empire.  The teacher is able to take the map back to the classroom at the end of the session to use as a resource throughout the unit.

This term Mr Langley's Year 8 history class provided some colourful and informative fact files for display outside the Discovery Library.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Welcome Back!

Hope you all had a great Christmas and enjoyed reading lots of good books!

Look out for library competitions, with lots of prizes to be won, recommended reads and author visits this term! As well as asking your librarians for advice, why not have a look at the 'new books' and 'book review' pages of the blog for ideas of what to read next?   

The prize draw winners of our Christmas ‘Take a Risk’ competition will be announced soon – good luck!