Thursday, 26 March 2015

 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Almost 10 years since the original publication of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, a new stage adaptation is bringing the story to life. The theatre tour runs until June 2015, you can view the full tour here.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is an unforgettable and powerful story.  Set during World War II, it follows eight-year-old Bruno, the son of a commandant at a concentration camp. One day, Bruno comes across a boy sitting on the other side of the fence that separates his home and the concentration camp. The boy is named Shmuel and soon the two boys form a special friendship with devastating consequences. The play adaptation is a powerful and poignant adaptation of John Boyne's story.

There are three pairs of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas theatre tickets to be won.  To enter, simply email by Friday 17th April at 6pm. Please include the subject line 'BOY TICKETS' plus your full name, address and preferred theatre venue in your email.  Theatre tickets are subject to availability.  

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

CILIP Carnegie Medal Shortlist 2015 Announced

CILIP’s Carnegie Medal is awarded each year for an outstanding book for children and young people.  The Carnegie shortlist this year includes eight books, some of which are available now in the WML and Discovery libraries and the rest are on order.
The shortlist in full:

  • When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan
  • Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan
  • Tinder by Sally Gardner
  • Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
  • The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird
  • Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman
  • The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean
  • More Than This by Patrick Ness

Two of the authors on the shortlist, Sally Gardner and Patrick Ness, are past winners of the Carnegie Award, and Chris Riddell, on the Greenaway shortlist for Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse, is also a past Carnegie winner.  For a list of previous winners visit the Carnegie and Greenaway online living archive.

The themes this year include war, sickness and adversity and the winners will be announced on 22nd June.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Stop press ........


The amazing Samurai, black belt in Zen Kyu Shin Taijutsu, trained bodyguard and best selling author Chris Bradford, will be in school tomorrow, Friday the 13th of March, to work with our Year 7 students.  Students will have the opportunity to buy or order signed copies of his books on the day Price list.  We are so excited because Chris is always very dynamic and his performances are exciting and interactive.  Can't wait!!!

Monday, 9 March 2015

Guess Who's Reading? - the winners!

Congratulations to all those who correctly identified the seven members of staff who were reading in our recent competition!  The correct answers were:

Ms Beckford
Mr Langley

Mrs Goulds

Ms Shaw
Mr Rew
Mr Shaw

Ms Barber

Abigail S 7MA
Sian L 7VC
Anna H 7BL
Harry R 7VC
Abbie C-M 7GK
Thomas T 8SD
Pubudu H 8EV

Runners Up:
Mia E 7BL
Billie P 7AM
Max V 7SW
Jamie W 7SW
Brooke S 7VC
Karahan K 7GK
Kamyar B 10HD

There were 7 winners and 7 runners up and every eligible entry was awarded with a reward postcard for taking up the challenge!

Thank you to everyone who took part and look out for the next competition coming soon!