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Libraries Week


This week (8th October – 13th October) Trent College participated in the national celebration of Libraries Week.

Lots of interactive activities and displays took place throughout the week, with the highlight being a visit from Curtis Jobling, who is best known for his role as production designer of children’s TV hit, Bob the Builder.

Jobling provided engaging talks to Year 7 and 8 pupils, as well as creative writing workshops. The energy Jobling displayed, captured all of the pupils who thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

In the dedicated Careers Hub, Jobling also shared his wisdom with the older pupils on what a career in the creative industries is like. Pupils listened attentively as Jobling shared his personal experiences of dogged determination and how effective targeted networking created opportunities for his career to flourish.

Staff from across the school also got involved with library lessons this week to share what they are reading. The acknowledgement to the power of reading from across the curriculum was motivating for all. For Year 9, a particular favourite was Mr Mahony, Director of Sport, who described his recent read as a thought-provoking and inspirational book. Mr Kelly, Head of Year 7, an avid reader of YA fiction shared some of his favourites too.

The theme to this year’s Library week was wellbeing. This was aptly timed with Wednesday 10th October being World Mental Health Day. Claire Scothern, Head of Library Services, explains “reading for pleasure reduces stress and depression. We are committed to ensuring the Devonshire Library provides a safe place for pupils to develop their passion for reading.”

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