Our first read is Jessica’s Ghost by Andrew Norriss

The first meeting of this year’s Y8 Chatterbooks took place at lunchtime today with numbers above maximum capacity! Lively, enthusiastic and all mad keen to get reading, we look forward to seeing the group go from strength to strength.

The level of interest suggests a second club could be required so sign up with Ms Fulton if interested.


Y9 & 10 Page Turners meet early lunch on Thursday






Meet Eliot!



We ran a competition to guess the name of our new library mascot. Entry was open to pupils and staff and quite a few attempted to name our literary legend.

Miss Davidson (remember the wardrobe and the statue and Narnia?) randomly pulled a name from the pot and the winner was Mrs Henderson (one of our classroom assistants).

Mrs Henderson got a £15 Rushmere voucher and the bear? Well he got a new name …… MEET ELIOT!

Named after of course the famous Thomas Stearns Eliot, who was a British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and “one of the twentieth century’s major poets” who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948.

Teachers Who Love to Read!



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We challenged all the teaching staff to enter snaps of themselves reading in unusual places and as always they responded with enthusiasm! From a rope in the school gym to mountain tops, rooftops and many other locations, the teachers showed that they are definitely not shy when it comes to showing off their love of a good book!


The winner was chosen based on the thought and planning that had went into the photograph.


Miss Davidson about to visit Narnia 🙂



The winner was Miss Davidson. she was photographed beside a statue in East Belfast. The statue is a life-sized figure of CS Lewis opening a Victorian wardrobe, a gateway to Narnia. Her chosen book? What else but The Chronicles of Narnia!

Miss Davidson won a voucher to treat herself to a meal  in a local restaurant.


Special recognition must go to Mrs Cordner who entered not just once but THREE times!


Why not follow their example and see where reading can take you!

International School Library Month Bookmark Exchange Project – 8C

 Bookmark Exchange Project



The Bookmark Exchange Project involves matched schools making homemade bookmarks to exchange BY POST with each other during October or early November. It is a simple, fun way of sharing the pleasure and delights of books and libraries and of making new friends through school libraries worldwide.

This year we have registered for the first time and our 8C classes will be taking part.

We have been partnered with a school in Kowloon, Hong Kong

tak sun



8C pupils will design and make bookmarks for a group of 40 pupils in our partner school and they receive the same back from the pupils in Tak Sun School 德信學校


Keep an eye out for the pictures during October!

Skip the Queue – Explained…..

How do I win one?
You have to quiz on at least two books at your level during the month and scored 85% or higher and then your name will go into a draw.
How often can you win this?
This draw takes place at the end of every month and six names are drawn every month for each year group. Names are drawn randomly.
How long is the pass valid for?
Your pass will have an expiry date – this is usually two weeks after issue.


A Budding Author in Our Midst!!


Young Writers aim is to encourage young people to engage in creative writing.

Since 1991 they have worked with schools, parents and young writers by running national poetry and creative writing competitions through schools.


Welcome to Wonderland was a creative Writing Competition which challenged students to create a fictional world before writing a mini saga, a story in just 100 words, inspired by their world.

One of our year ten pupils was successful in getting her entry published in the ‘Welcome to Wonderland’ book. We are very proud of her achievement! Well done Megan!