Book-in-a-Jar Contest

We invited you to guess the title and author of the book in the

You could turn or shake the jar but you could NOT open the jar!

There were lots of correct entries and the winner was drawn randomly …….

Well done to  JASMINE RUDDELL 8A2!



*Important Note:

This was a well-loved book that had been read by many, but had also been damaged (missing pages) and was ready to be retired and replaced.

We gave it a new life as the shredded book contest, and will recycle it after we are done.

Skip the Queue – September

Everyone hates waiting in queues! Especially when you are hungry!

Some of our pupils found a simple way to avoid this.

All they had to do was log on to Accelerated Reader and successfully quiz on at least two books during September, gaining a score of 85% or higher, on books at their individual book level.

If they met these criteria, then their name went into the draw to win a Skip the Queue Pass (valid 1st – 12th Oct):


Lucia 8A1; Louis 8A2; Molly-Rose 8B2; Abigail 8B2; Harry 8B4;

Calum 9A1; Alasdair 9A2; Molly 9B1; Jack 9B1; Brigita 9B3        

Matthew 10A1; Tyler 10A1; Max 10A1; Khagaraja 10A2; Archie 10B1

(All names are drawn at random – a maximum of five per year group)

Well done!

Extreme Reading 2018!

The response this year to our competition has been fantastic! The competition is now closed and winners will be announced next week.

We had entries from year 8, year 9 and also from members of staff. No-one from year 10 was brave enough and our parents were obviously feeling very shy! Maybe next year!

Have a look at our entries below:

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Well done to everyone who made the effort and we look forward to an even bigger response next year! Unfortunately we can only award one winner in each group. If we could we would reward each and every one of you!

Keep an eye on the website next week for the winners.


Final Teacher Forfeits for this Year!

It has certainly been a fun year with the new Teacher Forfeits introduced! Classes who achieve well during the Accelerated Reader quiz period, meeting 85% accuracy and 20 minutes daily reading, get the chance to participate.

This time round we had 8A2, 9A2 and 9AB. the ‘lucky’ staff members were Mr Whitehead, Mr Henderson and Mr Brown. Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances meant Mr Henderson missed out (he was so disappointed!), but Mr Whitehead bravely stepped into the breach and took a soaking in the stocks from TWO classes!

As always, both the staff and the pupils involved had a lot of fun and we look forward to next year!

If you have any suggestions for new forfeits then see Mrs Doogan or Ms Fulton.


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The winning classes also earned a reward for their form teachers, who actively encourage pupils throughout the year.

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Form Teachers Rewarded!

Extreme Reading Competition 2018

Before this school year ends, could we ask you to think about different, exciting, fun and SAFE places you can enjoy a book?

Ask someone to take a photo of you reading your book in your extreme place.

Then you can either print it out and bring it to the school library or email it to the library by Friday 7th September 2018.

Don’t forget to put on your name and class.

For the first time ever – parents can enter too! Their entries should include the name of their child.

All entries may be used for display purposes within the school or on the school’s website or social media pages. By entering you are agreeing to this.

There will be prizes for

·       the most extreme reader in each year group;

·       a parent prize and

·       a staff prize.

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Every entry will earn 1 house point!

Sign Up Now!

bookbuzz poster17 Bookbuzz titles to choose from. Register now and choose your book when we return in September 2018

  • Amazing Animals by Guinness World Records (no AR quiz yet)

Calling all animal lovers! Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals puts the spotlight on the most fur-nomenal creatures, peculiar pets, cute critters and wacky wildlife. Discover surfing pigs, talking gorillas and a bunny who plays basketball! Enjoy fun facts, never-before-seen photos, cool activities – plus an introduction by celeb dog Jiffpom!

  • Shadowsmith by Ross MacKenzie 4.7my

Are you brave?

When the mysterious Amelia Pigeon turns up at Kirby’s bedroom window in the dead of night, this is the question she asks him – immediately before they tumble into a world of ancient malevolent spirits who have torn their way into Kirby’s boring seaside village.

Kirby isn’t feeling brave at all. His mother is in a coma following a freak (or was it?) accident, and he’s hardly talking to his dad. He’s convinced a spider is watching him, and now a weird girl in a yellow raincoat – who claims to be a powerful, evil-banishing Shadowsmith – is dragging him into unknown danger. How brave is he really?

  • Accidental Superstar by Marianne Levy (no AR quiz yet)

If I’d known that two million people were going to be watching, I’d probably have done a bit of tidying up.

Katie Cox is used to going unnoticed – by her mum, her dad, even her best friend. But when a video of her singing in her bedroom goes viral, she becomes a superstar overnight. As the views skyrocket and a recording contract beckons, the real world starts to feel very far away.

And now Katie’s riding high on her newfound fame. But the higher she goes, the further there is to fall . . .

  • Bus Stop Baby by Fleur Hitchcock (no AR quiz yet)

After finding an abandoned baby, 13-yr-old Amy sets out to find the mother.

On her way home from school, 13-year-old Amy finds a newborn baby abandoned at the village bus stop. It’s wrong, just like when Mum walked out on Amy and her sister ten years ago – so she tries to fix it, by finding the baby’s mother. But as Amy searches, she uncovers another story, a secret even closer to home.

  • Defenders: Killing Ground by Tom Palmer 4.1my

Everyone is freaked out when circles of scorched earth start appearing in Halifax – on the moors, the parks and even the football pitches. Seth is most disturbed of all – he sees the shadows of the past. But when he looks into a Viking’s murderous eyes and smells the stink of burning flesh, Seth knows he must stop this cycle of supernatural suffering. With his friend Nadiya, can he discover the dark history behind the forces attacking their town?

  • The Mystery of Me by Karen McCombie 4my

Ketty was technically dead for two minutes and thirty-nine seconds according to the doctors who saved her. She’s on the mend yet can’t remember anything about her life before the accident. But people are treating her really weirdly and Ketty just can’t shake the feeling that something is terribly wrong. When her new friend Otis reveals that pre-crash Ketty was a spiteful bully, she faces a tough decision. What kind of person can she be now?

  • Sky Dancer by Gill Lewis (no AR quiz yet)

Joe has always loved the moorlands above his home: the wildness, the freedom, the peace. But since his father died, everything has changed, and the moors are no longer a place of refuge. Now the whole community is divided over the fate of the hen harriers that nest up there in the heather – and Joe is stuck right in the middle, with a choice to make, and a huge secret to keep. Joe can’t do what’s right for everyone. But can he find the strength to fight for what he really believes in?

  • Car-Jacked by Ali Sparkes 5.5uy Year 10 only

Jack Mattingly is a genius. He has an IQ of 170. He speaks fluent Mandarin and Latin. And he can calculate the square root of 1,673,549 in his head. But when Jack’s parents’ car is hi-jacked, with him inside it, for once he’s as clueless as the rest of us. The car-jacker doesn’t know Jack’s in the car – yet. But it’s only a matter of time before he’s discovered. And then anything could happen. Only one thing’s for sure: Jack’s in for the thrill-ride of his life …

  • Zebra Crossing Soul Song by Sita Brahmachari 4.5my+

From award-winning author Sita Brahmachari, a tender tale of memory and overcoming loss. Lenny has spent most of his life at the zebra crossing, and for many of those years Otis, the singing `zebra man’ has helped him on his way. But when Otis’ sad past comes back to haunt him, Lenny is forced to face his crossroads alone. Only by examining the memories of their friendship can Lenny discover the truth.

  • Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman & illustrated by Chris Riddell 4.3ly

You know what it’s like when your mum goes away on a business trip and Dad’s in charge. She leaves a really, really long list of what he’s got to do. And the most important thing is DON’T FORGET TO GET THE MILK. Unfortunately, Dad forgets. So the next morning, before breakfast, he has to go to the corner shop, and this is the story of why it takes him a very, very long time to get back.

Featuring: Professor Steg (a time-travelling dinosaur), some green globby things, the Queen of the Pirates, the famed jewel that is the Eye of Splod, some wumpires, and a perfectly normal but very important carton of milk.

  • The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell 4.5my

Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora’s mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.

When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.

  • Chasing Danger by Sara Grant (no AR quiz yet)

Fourteen year old Chase is pretty sure that visiting her grandmother is going be the most boring holiday ever, even if they are going to a tropical island. But Chase doesn’t know that the island is about to come under attack. Soon Chase will trying to save the entire island in the most exciting (and most dangerous!) holiday of her life.

  • The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan 5.1my

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

  • The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens 5my

My name is Ted Spark. I am 12 years and 281 days old. I have seven friends.

Three months ago, I solved the mystery of how my cousin Salim disappeared from a pod on the London Eye.

This is the story of my second mystery.

This summer, I went on holiday to New York, to visit Aunt Gloria and Salim. While I was there, a painting was stolen from the Guggenheim Museum, where Aunt Gloria works.

Everyone was very worried and upset. I did not see what the problem was. I do not see the point of paintings, even if they are worth £9.8 million. Perhaps that’s because of my very unusual brain, which works on a different operating system to everyone else’s.

But then Aunt Gloria was blamed for the theft – and Aunt Gloria is family. And I realised just how important it was to find the painting, and discover who really had taken it.

  • Haunt: Dead Scared by Curtis Jobling 5.8uy     Year 10 only

When Will finds himself in hospital, but unable to make anyone see or hear him, he realises that he never made it home from his first date with the school hottie. Knocked off his bike in a road traffic accident, Will is now officially dead – and a ghost. But somehow his best mate, Dougie, can still see him, and, once they’ve exhausted all the comic possibilities of being invisible, they decide to delve into the truth behind a school rumour – whether there really is an unhappy spirit haunting the ruins in the school grounds, and if so, why? What they discover is a long-buried mystery, which stretches its fingers right into the present…


  • Oi Frog! by Kes Gray & Jim Field 2.4ly

Jam-packed with the silliest of animals, this bestselling rhyming story will have the youngest of readers in fits of laughter. For young readers aged 3-5

  • Boris Babysits by Sam Lloyd (no AR quiz yet)

A board book for very young readers. Monster Mummy is going shopping, so Boris is babysitting for Monster Baby. The thing is, Boris isn’t very good at it. He plonks Monster Baby in the dog basket, forgets to feed him and falls fast asleep when he should be putting Baby to bed. Can you help Boris babysit before things get really out of hand? There’s a lot of looking after to do!


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