Book events and clubs
We take part in numerous Book Awards and initiatives, and run book clubs
Portsmouth Schools Library Service Literature Quiz
This annual literature quiz takes place at Chichester College in March with around 30 teams taking part from local schools. Students prepare themselves by reading 4 titles selected by the organisers, and are asked questions on these books along with general knowledge book questions. Last year we came 6th out of 30 teams. Students get to meet the authors of the books who also attend the event.
Amazing Book Awards
We take part in this Book Awards which is run by a consortium of Worthing schools, with the awards ceremony taking place at Shoreham Academy. Students taking part get to vote for books to appear on a shortlist, they then read the books and vote for their winning title. We attend the event in July where they get to hear from the shortlisted authors and the winner is announced. See http://amazingbookawards.co.uk/ for more information.
Carnegie Book Awards
This is the most prestigious book award for authors of young fiction. The shortlist is announced in March, and we get a group of students together to read and discuss the titles. This is a fantastic way to introduce students to contemporary quality fiction for young people. See http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/ for more information.
Bookbuzz and Bookbuzz club
All students in Year 7 were treated to a free book that they choose from a selection of titles. This is a scheme run by Booktrust. We run a Bookbuzz club on Thursday lunchtimes in the library for Year 7. Students take part in the Bookbuzz reading challenge, completing a series of reading tasks and take part in book activities.
See https://www.booktrust.org.uk/supporting-you/practitioners/our-programmes/bookbuzz/ for more details.
Year 8 book group
This small group get together every Thursday breaktime and read a chosen book together, we discuss the title, eat biscuits and choose our next read.
These are some of the titles we have read so far:
World Book Day
Each year we celebrate World Book Day with a variety of activities. Last year we had a whole book read out at the beginning of each lesson across the school (it was split into 5 parts), we had book quizzes and competitions, decorating our doors, staff wore badges with their favourite books (this was also a competition to find the most) and lots of activities in the library at breaktime and lunchtime. World Book Day this year is Thursday 1st March.