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This year has been another busy one in the library here at Trent. Alongside our usual activities we have been fortunate to invite a number of authors into school including Paula Rawsthorne, Matt Dickinson, Lauren St John & Phil Earle. A highlight of the year is always the eager anticipation of the Carnegie Award shortlist. This year there were 8 shortlisted books which were read by over 50 students & staff who participated in the shadowing scheme.
There were mysteries, thrillers & stories of survival in Africa, a real range of different themes and genres. It was clear from talking to those involved which was creating the most stir. For only the second time, since we have ran the Carnegie Award at Trent, has our favourite been the same as the winner. The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks was a clear winner with students. A dark, unsettling and gripping story that as one student said was “the best book they had ever read”.
Every year we have a celebration event for those talking part. This year we went to Long Eaton School where we joined other local schools to discuss and take part in activities based on the books. Students moved around tables of activities answering questions and talking about what they thought of the books. There’s always a mixed response to what are the favourites.
We have also being running the Golden Ticket Reading Challenge this year in conjunction with English. Students were challenged to complete reviews, posters & bookmarks based on the books read during the year. This entitled them to a Golden Ticket which went into a prize draw for the ultimate prize. Each term, winners were picked and received a book of their choice.
The 12 lucky winners who won the ultimate prize of a trip to The Harry Potter Warner Bros. studios in London were Tiam Baharvand, Grace Humphreys, Laura Howard, Joseph Roberts, Sophie Miller, Mollie Stentiford, James Westerman, Sam Butler, Abdullah Ismail, Jasmine Cooper-Isark, Cameron Bovell and Tanvi Tambe. A fantastic day was had by all. Here’s what some of the students had to say:
“The Harry Potter Studio trip was so exhilarating, it was unbelievable!!! I still cannot believe I was chosen to go on this amazing trip. It was one of the best days of my life!” Grace Humphreys Year 7
“My favourite bit was how they showed how they did the flying costumes”. Abdullah Ismail Year 9
“On the first of July myself and the other lucky winners of the golden ticket competition went on a trip to Harry Potter world. It was very interesting and fun. There were many exciting attractions and I would like to thank the staff for taking us”. Sam Butler Year 8
“I really enjoyed going to Harry Potter World because it was interesting to find out how they made all the films and the amount of work that went into the productions. It has also made me want to read the books again so I can compare the descriptions with the actual scenes we saw first-hand at the studios. I had great fun on the trip and it was a really good prize; it was amazing to think we were in the actual dining room that Daniel Radcliffe once stood in!” Laura Howard Year 7