Friday, 27 May 2016

Creative Writing Competitions

Do you enjoy writing stories? Would you like to win some great prizes?  If the answer is yes, you may be interested in entering two national creative writing competitions for secondary school students. You need to be quick though, as the competitions close very soon!  If you are in Year 7 or Year 8 you may want to use some of the great tips and techniques that Joe Craig introduced you to when he visited our school.

The National Young Writers’ Awards are open to students aged 14 and under.  The theme is ‘The Mash-up’ and you are encouraged to write a 500 word story that is a ‘mash-up’ of two genres.  For example, a spaceman travelling back to Roman times or your favourite super hero taking on zombies.  The prize is a trip to Disneyland Paris for you and your family and £500 worth of books for the school.  The closing date is Tuesday 7th June.  For more information and to submit your entry go to

#Just Write has been launched by BIC, the pen people.  Open to Years 8, 9 and 10, you have to imagine living in a world without words and write about what that would be like in no more than 500 words. The competition closes on Monday 6th June.  The winning entry will be published and receive a gift bag and ten other shortlisted finalists will win an individual gift pack.  For more information visit

Friday, 20 May 2016

TRS Students interview best-selling author, Joe Craig

The amazing Joe Craig visited The Ravensbourne School on 29 April to perform for our Year 7 and Year 8 students.

A specially selected group of Year 8 students, Lewis, Darion and Macey, were given the fantastic opportunity to meet and interview Joe! This is what they asked him:

If you could be one of your characters who would you be?
Tricky, but although Jimmy has the special powers, I would want to be Miss Bennett.

If you were to choose an actor to play a character who would it be and why?

  • Ian Richardson – Prime Minister
  • Saffron Burrows – Miss Bennett
  • Jason Statham- Jimmy’s Dad
  • Vinnie Jones - Paduk

What would you be if you weren't a writer?
If I wasn't a writer, I would probably still be a musician or work in advertising.

What do you see in cricket that you like?
It being a bonkers sport, really fun to play but I like it because everyone else finds it boring.

If you could rewrite one of the books, which one would it be and why?
Probably the first one.  One point would be when Jimmy is shot at and catches the bullet—that was probably going over the top!

Friday, 13 May 2016

Word of the Week - Recent Winners including Author Joe Craig!

Below are some recent ‘words of the week’ submitted by students and staff in the Discovery and War Memorial Libraries.  The word can be a favourite or unusual one and the winner has their word displayed in the Libraries and receives a prize!

We were recently visited by acclaimed author, Joe Craig, best known for his Jimmy Coates series of books.  Whilst he was here, Joe entered our Word of the Week competition with the word chthonic, which means dark or hellish.  His winning entry was displayed in the frame in our War Memorial Library.
Discovery Library

Verb: To be puzzled or confused.
chosen by Emma (7MB)

Noun: A bright blue colour
chosen by Melanie (7FH)
Noun: The study of human beings and their customs.
chosen by Rosanna (7MP)

Noun: To put things that are not similar next to each other.
chosen by George (7MB)

Noun: A soft, gentle wind. 
chosen by Joshua (8AM)

Adjective: Deserted or abandoned; falling into ruins.
chosen by Isabelle (7CS)

Adjective: Any various yellow-brown algae that live with cells of other organisms, especially certain corals and other marine invertebrates.
chosen by Leah (7MP)

Adjective: Tearful or given to weeping
chosen by Christopher (7MP)

Noun: A dislike or prejudice against people from other countries.
chosen by Charlotte (7CH)

Noun: A wrong or unsuitable name for a person, place or thing.
chosen by Rosanna (7MP)

Noun: Glowing with heat; full of strong emotions.
chosen by Christopher (7MP)

Verb: The food of the Greek and Roman gods; something extremely pleasant to taste or smell.
chosen by Ruth (7MB)

Noun: The action of digging up something buried, especially a corpse
chosen by William (7SH)

Verb: To leave somewhere abruptly.
chosen by Comert (9ST)

War Memorial Library

Adjective: Extreme fear of the number thirteen
chosen by  Christopher (10SF)

Noun:Having simultaneous understanding, for example, in Geography when a landmark or building makes you think about a whole city. 
chosen by Ms O'Dell (Geography)

Noun:  A process where middle class residents move to a traditionally working class area of a city, changing the character of the area. 
chosen by William (10OD)

Adjective: Stormy, threatening weather
chosen by Mr A Murphy (PE)

Noun: A type of data protection that scrambles confidential data when an unauthorised user tries to intercept it.
chosen by Danny (12WB)

Verb: To feel or express sympathy or compassion for someone or something
chosen by Emre (12TD)

Adjective: By the name of; called.
chosen by Hakeem (12CI)

Adjective: Lasting a short amount of time.
chosen by Ms Payton (Drama)

Noun: The act of throwing someone out of a window.
chosen by Christopher (10SF)

Noun: A misunderstood or misinterpreted phrase from a poem or song lyric, which results in the phrase acquiring a new, and usually humorous, meaning.
chosen by Mrs Nolan (Librarian)

Adjective: Characterised by pretentious or showy display; designed to impress.
chosen by James (12CP)

Verb: PTending to the see the worst aspect of things.
chosen by Conor (13NA)

Noun:  Dark, hellish; relating to the underworld.
chosen by Joe Craig (author)

Noun: A chemical element artificially produced from californium. d.
chosen by Gabriella (10AT)

Friday, 6 May 2016

Champions Read!
This week football club Leicester City overcame odds of 5000-1 and possible relegation to win the Premier League title.  Their manager, Claudio Ranieri, enjoys unwinding with a good book, and is quoted as saying:

We have a great selection of football fiction, biographies, facts and non-fiction in the Discovery and War Memorial Libraries.  Look out in particular for the Dan Freedman Jamie Johnson series of books.  These have been made into a CBBC series, which is due to be shown in June, to tie in with the Euro 2016 Championships taking place this summer.