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Portchester Book Awards 2017


On the afternoon of June 9th a very pleasant time was had by all who attended the year 7 group meeting for the Portchester Book Awards.  The books they are reading are, “Looking at the Stars” by J Cotterill, “Smart” by K Slater, “Boundless”  by K Oppel and “Apple and Rain” by S Crossman.  The group today included Hannah Collier, Lucas Wintle, Darryn Stares, Katie Egan, Maddison Tait, Lauren Jones and Brooke Mackie.  Emily Richards, Taylor-Jayne Rowe, Katie Couper and Keira Turner are also part of the group but were unable to attend the meeting.

The group met and had a very good debate as to which book they prefer so far. It seems that Smart is very popular and so is Apple and Rain.  It will be very interesting to see who wins the final vote in a few weeks’ time.

Voting for Portchester Book Awards 2017

Students from years 7 and 8 have been eagerly reading a selection of books. They have been supported by a group of year 9 students who were previously involved with the Hampshire Book Award.

Year 7 students read:- Looking At The Stars, Smart, Boundless and the winner which was Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossman

Year 8 students read:- Day Of The Assassins, Half Brother, Winterkill and the winner which was Devil You Know by Cathy Macphail.

The students all met together on Thursday 29th June during the afternoon.  Refreshments were provided by Mrs Day and Mrs Buckingham as the students debated amongst themselves which was the best book and why.  They then voted.

At the end of the session and after the winning books had been announced, the students wrote a review and were then given certificates.

Well done to:

Year 7 - Emily Richards, Taylor-Jayne Rowe, Hannah Collier, Lucas Wintle, Darryn Stares, Katie Couper, Katie Egan, Maddison Tait, Keira Turner, Lauren Jones and Brooke Mackie

Year 8 – Tyler Pattison, Niamh Clarke, Tom Hughes, Jess Fenn, Oscar Wood, Isabella McCance, Leon Richards, Emma Albury, Bethany Adaway and Jamie Pugh.

Year 9 mentors – Lewis Rosine, Ben Hanley, Emily Harbour and Elizabeth Butters.

 World Book Day - 2nd March, 2017


World Book Day is an annual celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world

The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading. KS3 students have been given a World Book Day voucher that they can take to a local bookseller and can use to pick one of ten (exclusive, new and completely free) books. Or, if they’d rather, they can use it to get £1 off any book or audio book costing over £2.99 at a participating bookshop or book club.

On 2nd March the whole school stopped in its tracks to Drop Everything And Read:  very happily, as you can see from the photos! We had students come over to the LRC from the Nursery to be read to by some of our Y1 students and held a book sale in the Hall during break time and lunchtime to give everyone a chance to bag a bargain read. Some of our Y10 students took a key role in this. We are very proud of their superb efforts and thank them for helping us to make a difference.

Recommendations can be found on 

Parents' Bookfinder - World Book Day

Parents’ Bookfinder. Wondering what to read next? Find lots of great book recommendations for children, organised by age range and popular themes.

 Book Recommendations for Teens - World Book Day

World Book Day 2017 Video for Teens; What Will You Be Doing on World Book Day? Books That Changed Writers’ Lives; Book Recommendations for Teens


Verity Glass visits Portchester Community School

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VERITY GLASS Verity Glass is a famous illustrator and has worked on many graphic novels, Dr Who books and book covers including Green Eyes by Travis Kopp. Verity joined 30 students in the library for lunch today and answered questions and talked enthusiastically about her work. The students tucked into a buffet lunch and eagerly asked questions and joined in with discussions. All the students enjoyed the session and were disappointed when the bell rang.

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World Book Day 2nd March 2017

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Visit by Pre-school Children 9/5/17

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The library was a hive of excitement today when the Pre-School children joined a year 9 English class. Books were eagerly chosen from the ‘younger readers’ section and all the year 9 students read stories and engaged the younger children with reading activities and one group even put puzzles together of Thomas the Tank Engine and friends! After such a successful and enjoyable session, we plan to have the children over in the library on a regular basis.

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Year 10 Reading Group Meeting 6/4/17

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A very interesting meeting took place in the library between members of the Year 10 Reading group. Mackenzie Franklin talked out how very good the book ‘Geek Girl’ by Holly Smale was and how much she had enjoyed it. Isobel Haly had read ’13 Reasons Why’ by Jane Asher. She said it was ‘an amazing eye opening and thrilling experience’. Isobel would highly recommend this book. We also discussed George Orwell’s 1948 book which Mrs Buckingham is reading. This was recommended to her by a year 11 student. Mrs Day is reading ‘Velvet’ by Mary Hooper which is an historical novel.

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Lunchtime in the Library 22/3/17

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Lunchtime is a very busy time in the library. Today there were 48 students at any one time, all engaged in some kind of activity. Some were working on homework, whilst others were playing Risk, Uno or chess. A group of girls were reading and another group were just chilling out.

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Lunchtime in the Library 8/3/17

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Every evening after school the library is buzzing with students eager to do their homework. With the help of Learning Support Assistants they are encouraged to work on their homework or revise for exams. Mrs Day, the Librarian, is on hand to help with any resources needed, or to help students to find a good book to read. All students are welcome and many prefer to complete homework tasks with the support of staff. This allows them to have their evenings free when they get home.

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Lunchtime in the Library 28/2/17

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Another very busy lunchtime in the library today! Students enjoyed their break by challenging each other to a game of cards, Battleships and Risk. Whilst these students were interacting and having fun playing games, others were socialising, relaxing or catching up with their homework.

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Student Voice Meeting 16th February 2017

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Student Voice Meeting - 16th February 2017. The Student Voice met at lunchtime today. They are a group of year 8 students who are very enthusiastic about the Library and making it a welcoming environment for all students to use. We discussed the possibility of re-arranging the fiction section. They thought it would be nice to arrange the books into colours, so that all the blue books went together, yellow books etc. We then discussed genre and they agreed that it would be good to have all the fiction books arranged in genre, create new signage and a chart showing the layout. They also discussed including the pre-school and nursery children in the school library and making a section of books available to them. The Student Voice group expressed interest in helping the younger children choose books and to read to them.

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Lunchtime in the Library 16/2/17

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Lunchtime in the Library - 16th February 2017 Today was busy as usual in the library. Not only did we have a meeting with the year 8 Student Voice group, we had lots of other students completing homework, playing board games or just relaxing.

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Student Voice

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A group of year 8 students are a very enthusiastic 'Student Voice' group. They met in the library to discuss how they would like the library to develop. The group liked the fact that the library has board games and suggested some new ones that they would like us to purchase, including Monopoly. We chatted about decorating the walls and how Mr Woolrich was working with some students to produce posters and displays. Mrs Day and Mrs Buckingham were delighted with the suggestions the group put forward.

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Activities in the Library 9th January 2017

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Every nook and cranny was being used today during the lunch break in the library. Students from across all years were either doing homework, research, reading, playing board games or just chilling out! Students enjoy the wide range of resources available to them and take advantage of the welcoming atmosphere that the library offers.

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Lunchtime Activities and Scholastic Book Fayre

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The library is a buzz of activity every lunchtime with students eager to play board games, read books, do homework or just sit and chill out. This week there has also been a Scholastic Book Fayre where everything was half price!

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At the Sign of the Sugared Plum

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Year 7 students will be studying a book by Mary Hooper, called 'At The Sign of the Sugared Plum'. The story is set during the Plague in London in 1665 and to support the English department and students, there is a display of books in the library covering this era.

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Reading Group Meeting in the LRC

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Harry Hooper, Rebekah Richer, Harry Findley, Mackenzie Franklin and Isobel Haly are coming together as a reading group which will meet at least once every half term in the library to discuss books they have read. Other students will be encouraged to join the group and promote reading, especially focusing on the older reading selection of books which we have in the LRC. The aim is to promote the enjoyment of reading amongst our older students and to introduce them to books and authors they may not have considered reading before.

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Technology Display in the LRC

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Mr Woolrich, our subject leader in technology, has been working with some very artistic students to produce wonderful work which will transform the library walls. There is still a long way to go, but the difference it has made so far is incredible. The first display features time. Quotes from Alice in Wonderland features heavily, including 'The White Rabbit'! There are plans to include Charles Dickens and his works on one wall and superheroes on another wall.

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More Activities in the LRC

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The library is enjoyed by students every morning break and lunch break. Some students take advantage and do their homework, whilst others enjoy a game of chess or a game of cards. Reading and 'chilling' out on the beanbags is also very popular. Mrs Day, Mrs Elliott are there to help and Mrs Iredale often comes along to challenge the students to a board game or cards.

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Homework Club

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Every evening until 4.15 the library is buzzing with students doing their homework. Mrs Callacher and Miss McFarlane are on hand to help. All students are welcome to take advantage of the resources available. Mrs Day, the librarian, is also there until 4pm each day to help students access and borrow library resources.

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Open Evening

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These photos show the library ready for open evening, including the new Guinness Book of Records 2017

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Hampshire 'Mock' Book Award

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School Library Service

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Hampshire Book Award 2016 - Voting

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More Lunchtime Activities

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'YOU' Decide!

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Harry Potter in the LRC

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Dr Who Experience in the LRC

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May the Fourth be with you

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Scholastic Book Fayre

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Activities in the LRC

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Lunchtime Activities in the LRC

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Students enjoying a range of different board games as well as reading during their lunch break

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Work Rest and Play in the Learning Resource Centre

Something for everyone to do before school, during break, lunch and after school.  Computers are available for homework, there are many books to read, with comfy beanbags to relax on, and board games to challenge your friends.


Harry Hooper, Harry Findley, Rebekah Richer, Mackenzie Franklin and Isobel Haly Meeting in the LRC on 12th January 2017 - click on picture for full story

HAMPHIRE BOOK AWARDS 2016 VOTING - click for full story and photographs

Hampshire 'Mock' Book Awards 2016 School Library Service

Friday 15th July saw the final meeting for the Hampshire ‘Mock’ Book Award.  The students eagerly arrived and settled themselves on to the comfortable chairs and beanbags... click for full report.

School Library Service

The School Library Service recommend books to students making the move from year 6 to year 7 and beyond.  This year the list is very exciting and many of the titles recommended can be found in our school library - see photos in the Gallery above.

How to Speak Spook (and Stay Alive) by Ally Kennen is a fast moving adventure and very popular with all our students.  Basketball Hero by Shamini Flint and Red Card by Alan Combes are great books covering the theme of sport.  They appeal to both male and female students, especially Red Card which has a girl referee! The Boy who sailed the Ocean in an Armchair, by Lara Williamson, is a mystery that Becket and his brother set out to solve.

These are just a few of the exciting books we can offer for students to enjoy.  Books can be reserved if they are on loan.

More Lunchtime Activities in the LRC

Students enjoy a variety of activities in the library during lunchtime break.  Card games have now joined the other popular games such as chess and battleships. Playing cards is not only enjoyable, but also enhances maths, number and memory skills.

'YOU' Decide!

The library has a huge selection of books where 'YOU' are the hero!  'YOU' decide what happens and how the story unfolds in each exciting book.

In the Fighting Fantasy series by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, 'YOU' decide which route to take, which dangers to risk and which creatures to fight.

Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore have written a selection of books in the 'I Hero' series where 'YOU' decide your own destiny, but WILL YOU MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES?

Simon Chapman has also written a brilliant book called Virus Outbreak, where again 'YOU' choose if you live or die. Alien Invasion is another of his interactive adventure books.

Solve the puzzles and choose which way to go in the books by Patrick Burston. We have 3 books in this series, The Castle of Fear, The Planet of Terror and the Fairground of Dread. Each book is very well illustrated. 

Year 7 'Mock' Hampshire Book Awards

Mrs Day has  launched the Year 7 'mock' Hampshire Book Award in the library.

Ten year 7 students have been asked to read and analyse four books which were part of the Hampshire Book Award 2015 short list. The students will have regular meetings with 5 year 9 students, Harry Hooper, Rebekah Richer, Harry Findley, Mackenzie Franklin, Isobel Haly, who took part in the Hampshire Book Award in 2015. They will discuss each book and when all 4 books have been read, the year 7 students will vote for their favourite.

The books they are reading are: Lockwood and Co, The Screaming Staircase, Thirteen, The Last Minute, Counting By Sevens.
The year 7 students are: Niamh Clarke, Tom Hughes, Jess Fenn, Oscar Wood, Isablla McCance, Leon Richards, Emma Albury, Bethany Adaway, Jamie Pugh and Tyler Pattison. 

Harry Potter in the LRC

Another very successful lunchtime event was held in the library today.  Harry Potter was our theme and many students enjoyed watching the DVD of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
There are also a range of Harry Potter books available for the students to borrow, including Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen and also Harry Potter y la piedra filosofa!  These books in German and Spanish are very popular and challenge our students to tackle a popular book written in a different language.

Dr Who Experience

There was a Dr Who experience in the LRC at lunchtime today.  The episode 'Silence in the Library' was shown. Edward Richardson also brought in a Dr Who DVD  and a large assortment of Dr Who books were on show. 

Students also used the LRC for their homework and then watched Dr Who once their homework was completed.

Next Wednesday we are hoping to have a Harry Potter experience! 

May the Fourth be with you!

Students flocked to the library during lunch time today - May the Fourth! - to see our many interesting Star Wars books and DVDs.

They then watched a Star Wars DVD and chatted about who was their favourite character.


Hampshire Book Award 2016 is Launched - click for full story and photographs

World Book Day Thursday 3rd March 2016


Everyone in the school, Students and Staff alike, stopped what they were doing at 12.40pm and read a book for 20 minutes.  The gallery of pictures above show several Year 8 students reading in the Library, in one photo you will see Valerie Agar, a Governor, reading with one of them.  Valerie comes into school regularly to read with students of all age groups. 

Hampshire Book Award - 12th November 2015


Please click here to read Students' accounts of this very exciting occasion.

Wednesday Quiz

Mrs Buckingham runs a quiz in the library each Wednesday lunchtime for Year 7 and Year 8.  The results of each week will be added up and a winner will be announced at half term.