Year 8 Portchester Book Award 2019 - Voting Takes Place
Well done Sophie, Camilla, Skye, Reuben, Milly, Emily, Billy, Alina, Callum, Ian and Mark
This year our group of year 8 students taking part in the Portchester Book Award were very enthusiastic. They carefully evaluated 4 new books we have in the library:-
Star by Star by Sheena Wilkinson which is set in 1918 is about suffragettes, courage and survival
A Good Day for Climbing Trees by Jaco Jacobs is about fighting to save a tree.
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes. A 12 year old boy is shot dead by police who mistake his toy gun for a real one…. But as a Ghost, Jerome can see all!!
Boy 87 by Ele Fountain….14 year old Shif is searching for a better life as a refugee.
In third place …….’A Good Day for Climbing Trees’
In second place……’Boy 87
AND THE WINNER ………………………….’Ghost Boys’.
The general opinion for this book to win was that it was an easy book to understand, even though it was written in a way that it was 2 stories woven into one.
Year 10 Portchester Book Award - Voting Takes Place
Well, what can I say…..except ‘Well Done’ to all the Year 10 students who took part this year.
Isabella, Leon, Jessica, Niamh, Alfie, Jasmine, Lauren and Thomas read books from a selection of authors. This year the authors were:-
Jodi Picoult, Andy McNab, Robert Muchamore, Sue Limb, Harlan Coben and Louise Rennison.
In joint 3rd place the students voted for Harlan Coben and Robert Muchamore, but the winner was Jodi Picoult. Jodi is an American writer who wrote her first book when she was just 5 years old. In 2003 she was awarded the ‘New England Bookseller Award.’
EXCITING NEW BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY. I have just added some very exciting new books to our already extensive library resource collection. One book, in particular, is a very interesting true story. Renia’s Diary is about a young girl’s life in the shadow of the Holocaust. Renia is a Jewish girl living in Poland when WW2 breaks out and her diary has only recently been found. Renia died in 1942, but her memories live on! Sami’s Silver Lining is an epic journey from a broken world towards the possibility of freedom after being forced to flee his home in Syria. For those who wish to read a good mystery, then I would recommend ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ by Ransom Riggs, or maybe they would prefer an adventure! Beetle Boy, by M G Leonard is an adventure with a funny undertone running through it. Historical fiction is also well represented in our library. The newest addition is ‘The Children of The New Forest’ by Captain Marryat. Set in 1647, it is written around the English Civil War and how a local forest worker hides four orphaned children and brings them up as his grandchildren. These books and plenty more can be found in the school library, just waiting to bring readers’ imagination alive! Mrs M Day, Librarian. November 2019
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The library is a lovely environment for all students to relax, read, play board games, research and complete homework……….and enjoy sitting with friends as well as having the opportunity of making new friends. Our new year 7 have already started to enjoy this exciting environment before school. They have been eagerly borrowing books and mixing with our other students. The library, also known as The Learning Resource Centre, is open on Mondays and Fridays from 8.45 and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 am. We are also open during morning break and lunchtime. After school for an hour, we offer support to all students who would like to do their homework. Some of our older students, with the help of Mr Woolrich who is our Head of Technology, has produced some wonderful displays for the walls of the library. As reading is essential for learning, our library has a large stock of interesting non-fiction and up-to-date fiction books. There is something for everyone!
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2019 PORTCHESTER BOOK AWARD YEAR 9 - WE HAVE A WINNER! This year our group of year 9 students taking part in the Portchester Book Award were very enthusiastic. They carefully evaluated 4 new books we have in the library:- • ‘The House with Chicken Legs’ by Sophie Anderson. Marinka lives in a house that has chicken legs and moves on without warning. Her grandmother guides spirits between this world and the next, but will Marinka follow her dream or follow in her grandmother’s footsteps? • ‘Secrets of the Henna Gir’l by Sufiya Ahmed explores the emotional turmoil Zeba Khan goes through when she is expected to agree to an arranged marriage… or will she follow her heart? • ‘The Nest’ by Kenneth Oppel is an interesting book. Can Steve really talk to the queen wasp? • ‘The Bubble Wrap Boy’ by Phil Earl is a moving story about a boy who has an over protective mother. Charlie copes with this until he realises he has a talent for skateboarding. What will his mum think! The results:- In second place……’The House with Chicken Legs’ AND THE WINNER ………………………….’The Nest’. Well done Emma, Lottie, Keira, Amy, Sence, Lacey-Lou, Brooke, Tejay, Dylan, Hannah and Lola who each received a certificate and a merit. Mrs M Day, Librarian. 18th June 2019.
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Portchester Book Award Year 9 Meeting - 29th April 2019. A very enthusiastic group of students came to discuss the book they have read so far for the Portchester Book Award 2019. The 4 nominations this year are: The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson, Secrets of the Henna Girl by Sufiya Ahmed, The Nest by Kenneth Oppel, The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle. Emma and Keira explained that they thought ‘The House with Chicken Leg’s was really good, but Tejay didn’t really get ‘to grips with it’. Sence has just started to read this book and was looking forward to finding out if she agreed with Emma and Keira or Tejay. Tejay then went on to read ‘The Nest’ which he found intriguing and is now half way through ‘The Bubble Wrap Boy’. Brooke agreed with Tejay that ‘The Nest’ was really good. She is now reading ‘The Bubble Wrap Boy’ too. Lottie and Amy both thought ‘Secrets of the Henna Girl’ was confusing. It was difficult to remember the names of the characters and ‘who was who’. Lacey-Lou was very interested in ‘The Nest’ and thought it was a good book which kept her engaged throughout. She is now reading ‘Secrets of the Henna Girl’. Dylan is reading ‘The Nest’ and so far it is ‘ok’ whilst Lola is reading ‘The Bubble Wrap Boy’ as she has finished reading ‘Secrets of the Henna Girl’ which she enjoyed. Another meeting will take place next month and the voting will take place once all the books have been read. Mrs M Day, Librarian
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Portchester Book Award 2019, Year 9, 25th March 2019. Four exciting books have been chosen for this year’s Portchester Book Award. ‘The House with Chicken Legs’ by Sophie Anderson - Marinka dreams of a normal life, where her house stays in one place, but her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning. Her grandmother guides spirits between this world and the next…..will she be able to break free…or will her house have other ideas? ‘Secrets of the Henna Girl’ by Sufiya Ahmed – Will Zeba Khan marry for love, or will she be forced into an arranged marriage? ‘The Nest’ by Kenneth Oppel – Can Steve really talk to the queen wasp after being stung? Can they save Steve’s baby brother or is the queen wasp becoming too powerful? What will Steve do? ‘The Bubble Wrap Boy’ by Phil Earle – Charlie Han is an outsider and only has one friend, Sinus. His mother is over protective of him … so what will he do when he realises he has a talent for skateboarding? Will his clumsiness stop him from pursuing his dream? Why is his mum so over protective of him and how will his friendship develop with Sinus? The 12 students taking part this year, Emma, Lottie, Keira, Amy, Thomas, Sence, Lacey-Lou, Brooke, Tejay, Dylan, Hannah and Lola have the challenge of reading each book and giving them marks out of 30. The criteria they will use is, Enjoyment, Enrichment and Engagement.
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PORTCHESTER BOOK AWARD MEETING YEAR 8 18TH MARCH 2019: A very enthusiastic group of year 8 students attended a meeting in the library arranged by the librarian, Mrs Day, to discuss their progress with reading the books for the 2019 award. Skye is already reading her 3rd book, whilst Sophie is on her 4th! Twins Callum and Billy are reading ‘Boy 87’ and ‘Ghost Boy’. Camilla and Milly are also reading ‘Boy 87’. Reuben and Alina have embarked on ‘A Good Day for Climbing Trees’. The students discussed which book they preferred so far and the general opinion was that ‘Boy 87’ was the favourite. Sophie and Skye thought ‘ A Good Day for Climbing Trees’ was their favourite so far and although Camilla found ‘Ghost Boy’ to be sad, she thought that it had a clear message about guns and shootings in America and the unrest and heartbreak it caused.
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WORLD BOOK DAY IN THE LIBRARY THURSDAY MARCH 7TH 2019. A group of very excited nursery children came into the library for story time with some of our year 9 students. Peter Rabbit and Elmer the Elephant also came! Thank you to Bonnie, Ethan, Emma, Bethany and Lewis for helping the children to choose books and to read to them. All the nursery staff dressed up as book characters and Mrs Day was ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’. Everyone had a fun time sharing stories. Mr Wood and Mrs Stepney also brought their classes into the library. Mrs Day ran a library quiz where students had to identify the authors from their photos and then unscramble titles of books before matching them with each author. World Book Day tokens were also given to every student in the school so they can buy a book for £1 or redeem the voucher against a more expensive book. Mrs M Day (Librarian)
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PORTCHESTER BOOK AWARD LAUNCH YEAR 8 - FEBRUARY 2019: Eleven year 8 students will be taking part in the Portchester Book Award 2019. Mrs Day launched the first meeting on Monday 11th February. Each student will enjoy reading 4 books which have been chosen especially for them. They will award each book a mark out of 30, using the 3 criteria, ‘Enjoyment’ Enrichment’ ‘Engagement’. The books this year are:- ‘Star By Star’ written by Sheena Wilkinson. It’s 1918 and Stella has lost her suffragette mother to the terrible flu that is sweeping Europe. The Great War is finally coming to a close and women are going to be able to vote for the first time…. A bold tale of suffragettes and heroes, courage and survival. ‘A Good Day for Climbing Trees’ written by Jaco Jacobs. Sometimes, in the blink of an eye, you do something that changes your life forever… like climbing into a tree with a strange girl. Marnus is tired of feeling invisible, living in the shadow of his two brothers…. How two unlikely heroes inspire a town by fighting to save a tree. ‘Ghost Boys’ written by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Twelve year old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real one. As a ghost he observes the devastation that has been unleashed on his family and community. ‘Boy 87’ written by Ele Fountain. Seen through the eyes of fourteen year old Shif, Boy 87 is the moving story of one child refugee’s challenging adventure in search of a better life. Boy 87 was inspired by Ele’s three years living in Ethopia. Emily White, Billy Weightman and Camilla Zingone decided to start the challenge with ‘Ghost Boys’, whilst Callum Weightman and Milly Peach decided to choose ‘Boy 87’ as their first book. Reuben Ord borrowed ‘Star by Star’ and ‘Ghost Boys’. Skye Haddon also decided to borrow more than one book. She chose ‘A Good Day for Climbing Trees’ and ‘Star by Star’. Alina Klepanosova and Sophie Munt both decided that their first book would be ‘A Good Day for Climbing
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EXCITING NEW BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY. February 2019 - We are very fortunate to have obtained some very exciting new books from The Book Trust. Five new books which are destined to become future classics are: ‘A Good Day for Climbing Trees’ by Jaco Jacobs,’ Boy 87’ by Ele Fountain, ‘Ghost Boys’ by Jewell Parker Rhodes, ‘The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson and ‘Star by Star’ by Sheena Wilkinson. ‘A Good Day for Climbing follows a 13 year old, Marnus and a girl named Leila who set out to save a tree. ‘Boy 87’ is about 2 boys, Shif and Bini who have their lives torn apart when soldiers take them away from their families. ‘Ghost Boy’ is an intriguing book covering the murder of a boy who becomes a ghost and tries to change the world for the better. Marinka lives with her grandmother in ‘The House with Chicken Legs’ and her grandmother guides the dead into the next world! ‘Life after World War 1 in Northern Ireland is the setting for ‘Star by Star’. Reluctant to Read?...Just can’t tackle long books?.....Then why not try one of these new book……You may be surprised just how good they are! ‘A Different Dog’ explores the relationship between a boy who chooses not to speak and a dog. ‘Flesh and Blood’ is set during the 2nd World War and Bill wishes he had a brother instead of his sister…. But maybe he should have wished for something else instead! ‘The Last Kids on Earth is just right for you if you like monsters and Mind Writer …well, you need to read this one to see if it is possible to change the way people think, or maybe ‘Roller Girl’ is the kind of book you would enjoy. This is a graphic novel about friendship and identity. Non-Fiction books can be just as much fun to read. ‘Corpse Talk, Ground-Breaking Scientists’ is an hilarious comic book featuring chat show interviews with some dead brilliant scientists. ‘Politics for Beginners’ explains elections, voting, terrorism and politics whilst if you are interested in flying objects, then ‘Real-Life Mys
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ENJOY THE LIBRARY DURING BREAK TIME. The school library is a bustling and yet relaxing place to spend break times. It’s the perfect place to do homework, research, challenge each other to Chess, Draughts, Risk or one of the many other board games we have, or just relax and read. There is a large range of new and exciting books to borrow and DVDs can be loaned to students for up to a week at a time. There are soft, comfortable chairs, or if you prefer to use the table and chairs to do homework or play board games, then we have these too. Computers are also available for those who which to do research or complete homework. There is also a homework club after school each evening for an hour in the library. Staff are available to help and support the students. Students can use the library before school too and are able to print out their work ready for their lessons. Connect 4 anyone?
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Today was THE DAY! It was time for THE VOTE! 14TH JANAURY 2019 Eleven year 7 students have worked very hard analysing 4 books. They used the criteria ‘Enjoyment, Enrichment and Engagement’. In 4th place was:- ‘Running on the Roof of the World’ by Jess Butterworth. This adventure book is about a 12 year old girl whose parents are seized by soldiers and she and her best friend decided to rescue them. In 3rd place was:- ‘Pax’ by Sara Pennypacker which is a heart-warming book based on the relationship between a boy and a fox that he had rescued as a cub and was later parted from. In 2nd place was:- ‘The Bone Sparrow’ by Zana Fraillon which is written around a refugee who is born in an immigration detention centre. THE WINNER OF THE PORTCHESTER BOOK AWARD 2019 FOR YEAR 7 - ‘Booked’ by Kwame Alexander. This book was the clear winner and popular with the students taking part. They liked the way it was written in verse, yet it was still a novel. It tackles emotions, bullying, family life and football. Well done to the following students who took on this challenge:-Ruby Mann, Mia Mackie, William Oldland, Esme Le May, Grace Smith, Tennant Brooks, Abigail Whitworth, Alexander Kent, George Wallis, Kelsi Haddon and Lola Frajman. Each student was awarded a certificate in recognition of their hard work.
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The library has a selection of revision guides and material to support KS4 students. Some revision guides can be borrowed, whilst some are kept in the reference section so they are always available to support students. These guides include, Blood Brothers and Frankenstein which year 11 are currently revising. There are also many non-fiction books to support each subject area and a very large selection of novels. The library is open all day and after school, when there are computers and homework support available too.
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YEAR 10 PORTCHESTER BOOK AWARD LAUNCH NOVEMBER 2018 A very enthusiastic group of year 10 students are taking part in the 2019 Portchester Book Award which I launched on 12th November. The student group is made up of Isabella McCance, Leon Richards, Jessica Fenn, Niamh Clarke, Alfie Rose, Jasmine Taylor, Lauren Donald and Sophie Boxall. This year the group were given 6 authors which covered a wide range of different kinds of writing. Jodi Picoult is an American Write who wrote her first book when she was just 5 years old. Andy McNab is the pseudonym of Steven Billy Mitchell who was originally a member of the SAS. Robert Muchamore originally wanted to be an architect, photographer or writer. Sue Limb lives on an organic farm and studied Elizabethan lyric poetry. Harlan Coben was born in New Jersey and loves to put lots of twists in to his novels. Louise Rennison began as a comedienne in the early 1990s. Sadly she died aged 64 in 2016. Each student has been asked to read at least one book from each author and to evaluate the author. The criteria is: Powerful writing is compelling (Does the author engage you?) Powerful writing is readable (Is the book written in a way that it is easy to read?) Powerful writing is focused (Is the author focused?) Powerful writing flows. (Does the story flow?) The students are free to explore each author over the next few weeks and we will be meeting again during that time to discuss their thoughts.
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PORTCHESTER BOOK AWARD YEAR 7 UPDATE MEETING 19TH NOVEMBER 2018 This morning was the first meeting for the year 7 group of students taking part in the Portchester Book Award since I launched this year’s award. The meeting became very lively as we discussed each book read so far. ‘Booked’ by Kwame Alexander was the book that got the students discussing whether boys and girls should play in the same football team. Their opinions were mixed, but all were well thought out. In contrast, ‘Pax’ by Sara Pennypacker was thought to be rather boring by those that had read it so far. It will be interesting to hear the rest of the group’s thoughts once everyone has read it. The boys are well represented in the group, by William Oldland, Tennant Brooks, George Wallis and Alexander Kent. The girls, Ruby Mann, Mia Mackie, Esme Le May, Grace Smith, Abigail Whitworth and Kelsi Haddon have been joined by Lola Frajman who requested to join the group. Another meeting will take place in a few weeks and the voting will take place to see which book will win the award.
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A 100 years ago on November 11th the ‘The Great War’ ended. Over 16 Million people died during the ‘War to end all Wars’. This figure does not include the millions who were injured. Today we remember all those who have given their lives for us. The library has a large selection of fiction and non- fiction books which students are using to help with their research, so they too can commemorate the fallen. Posters and poppies are on display around the library. Students have borrowed many of the fiction books and have discussed their thoughts. ‘Dear Jelly’ is a book that is full of family letters from the First World War. Brothers William and Robert Semple wrote to their sisters Mabel and Jelly (Eileen) during their time in the trenches. The letters reflect the way the soldiers had to live and how they often put a ‘funny slant’ on their circumstances. In one letter they wrote ‘We are not having a very comfortable time out here just now. The mud is as thick and plentiful as ever and it is great fun being dug out of it when one gets stuck there’. ‘Letters to Henrietta’ was written after Henrietta Marshall, born in 1889, allowed her family access to letters she had kept for 60 years which had been written to her by her brothers, including Henry. Henry wrote first-hand accounts of terrible things he had seen during the war years. Michael Morpurgo has written ‘Poppy Field’ in support of The Royal British Legion. The book begins with an extract from the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’…. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved and now we lie In Flanders fields. The whole poem can be found towards the end of the book. Mrs M Day Librarian
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ANOTHER BUSY LUNCHTIME IN THE LIBRARY Students love coming to the library during their lunch break and today was no exception. The new board game ‘Risk’ is very popular and was played today by 2 year 11 students. We also had students completing homework and also reading. The library is a very versatile environment and caters for everyone. All students are welcome. Mrs Day Librarian
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THE LIBRARY IS A HUB OF EXCITEMENT AND….it is only the first week of term! The library is a wonderful place for students to spend their free time and relax, or if they prefer, they can catch up with their homework. Already, our New Year 7 students are enjoying choosing books and playing board games. Our older students are happy to show them around and include them in all the activities. The Learning Resource Centre (Library) is open before and after school to allow all students to benefit from our wide range of resources. Everyone is welcome and staff are available to offer help when needed. Mrs M Day Librarian September 2018
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PORTCHESTER BOOK AWARD YEAR 7 VOTE 3RD July 2018 The books chosen for year 7 students to read this year were:- ‘Pax’ by Sara Pennypacker ‘Running on the Roof of the World’ by Jess Butterworth ‘The Bone Sparrow’ by Zana Fraillon ‘Booked’ by Kwame Alexander Ten very enthusiastic students began the ‘Portchester Book Award’ journey at the beginning of May. There were 5 boys, Mark Luff, James Hoar, Tony Redman, Callum Adaway and Reuben Ord reading the books alongside Skye Haddon, Sophie Munt, Holly Andrews, Tamzin Thornton and India Van Niekerk. Each student had a booklet giving a brief description of each book and a section where they could rate the books out of 10 marks based on Enjoyment, Enrichment and Engagement. All the students joined in discussing each book before the vote was taken. Sophie thought that ‘Booked’ was easy to read, but boring. Mark and Tony didn’t like the style the book was written in, but Skye, Holly and Callum thought it was realistic and liked the ‘poetic’ style of writing. ‘Pax’ was Reuben’s favourite but Skye, India and Tamzin found it confusing as it kept switching between characters. Tamzin also found the book emotional. Reuben explained the storyline for ‘Running on the Roof of the World’ as James, Holly, Tamzin, Skye and Mark found it confusing. Skye said it also kept jumping, but although confusing, it seemed to engage them and they wanted to keep reading it. Finally, ‘The Bone Sparrow’ was discussed. Sophie thought it was ok, but not much happened, Tony got lost with the story, Mark didn’t find the book engaging but India really liked it. Reuben said that it was slow at the start but then picked up later. Once the lively discussion had finished, it was time to vote! The students were given a voting slip and asked to vote for one book each which they thought fitted the criteria. The votes were then counted by the librarian whilst the students enjoyed some refreshments. The final vote was in!
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THE VOTE IS IN!!! YEAR 8 PORTCHESTER BOOK AWARD 27TH JUNE 2018 The group of year 8 students taking part in the Portchester Book Award gathered excitedly in the library ready to discuss the books and then vote for their favourite. The criteria they used to judge each book was called the three Es…..Enjoyment, Enrichment and Engagement. They discussed their opinions with each other and challenged different thoughts and ideas. The general opinion about ‘Day of The Assassins’ by Johnny O’Brien was that it was difficult to get into. The discussion then went onto ‘Winterkill’ by Kate A Boorman, ‘Half Brother’ by Kenneth Oppel and ‘Devil You Know’ by Cathy MacPhail. All the students were then given a merit and a certificate.
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A very enthusiastic group of year 7 students met Mrs Day and Mrs Buckingham in the library for a very lively meeting. Tamzin Thornton thought ‘Running on the Roof of the World’ was very confusing to begin with but persevered. James Hoar and Callum Adaway both started ‘Pax’ but found the book very hard going. This was in stark contrast to the thoughts from Skye Haddon, Mark Luff and Reuben Ord. Skye said the book was amazing whilst Mark and Reuben enjoyed it. ‘Booked’ by Kwame Alexander also had a mixed reaction. Sophie Munt’s opinion was that it was rubbish, Reuben hated it and Mark didn’t understand it. Reuben said he didn’t think the poetry and storyline worked. One example is: Consequences… The twins get sent back to ABC for the rest of the school year Coby gets two days’ suspension. You get nothing. Free as a bird. We all discussed the way in which the book is written. Skye and Holly said it was their favourite book. ‘The Bone Sparrow’ by Zana Fraillon also had mixed reviews. India Van Niekerk thought it was ‘quite good’, Sophie said it was ‘ok’ and Skye and Mark thought it was one of the worst books they had read. Skye has also read all of the books and the rest of the group have read at least 2 or 3 so far. They will have another fortnight to finish reading them all, assess them and meet again ready for the final vote. At the end of the meeting, the group discussed other books and authors which they would like to read and made suggestions for new books which they would like added to our library stock. They all agreed that reading books for the Portchester Book Award has opened up new authors and genres which they may not have thought about before.
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YEAR 8 PORTCHESTER BOOK AWARD MEETING 22ND MAY 2018 Another very enthusiastic meeting was held in the library this morning where our group of year 8 students participating in the Portchester Book Award discussed the books they have read so far. At this stage, ‘Winterkill’ by Kate A Boorman had mixed reactions. Some liked it and some thought it was ‘shallow’. Although ‘Day of the Assassins’, by Johnny O’Brien, proved popular, the general feeling amongst the group was not so positive. ‘Devil You Know’ by Cathy MacPhail seems to be going down well and ‘Half Brother’ by Kenneth Oppel is still being read. The meeting encouraged students to voice their opinions and then discuss them with the other members of the group.
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LAUNCH 16th May 2018 Ten very enthusiastic year 7 students attended a meeting in the library with the librarian, Mrs Day, to launch the 2018 Portchester Book Award. Mark Luff, James Hoar, Tony Redman, Callum Adaway, Skye Haddon, Sophie Munt, Holly Andrews, Tamzin Thornton, Reuben Ord and India Van Niekerk will be reading 4 books during the next few weeks and evaluating them. The evaluation will be based on the 3 Es………Enjoyment, Enrichment and Engagement. Pax, by Sara Pennypacker is about a boy called Peter who rescued a fox cub which he named Pax. Running on the Roof of the World, by Jess Butterworth, is a story about adventure, survival and hope. The Bone Sparrow, by Zane Fraillon, is about Subhi, who is a refugee. Booked, by Kwame Alexander, is written in verse. Each student has a booklet about each book to help them with the evaluation and to pace themselves. Regular meetings will take place and once all the books have been read, there will be a vote taking place to determine the winner! All the students taking part will be awarded a certificate. Students who have taken part in the past have found that by taking part in the Portchester Book Award, they have read authors they would not normally have considered. They have read a genre which they may not have chosen to read and have enjoyed the whole experience.
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Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing is being studied by years 10 and year 11 for their examinations. To support their learning and revision, several new copies of the’ Study and Revise’ guide has been added to the library. We have some copies in the reference sections which will enable students to use them in the library and also some extra copies if a student needs to borrow one. This edition is excellent and was recommended by our English department.
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The sun was shining and the students had just had a long bank holiday weekend, but still they wanted to come to the library during their lunchbreak. It is a lovely relaxing area for students to meet and spend time. There are comfy chairs for those wishing to take it easy as well as table and chairs for those wishing to catch up with some work. All students are welcome to take advantage of this area and enjoy their surroundings. Some students decided they wanted to challenge each other and have a ‘battle’ so battleships were launched! Others were happy to logon to ‘Show My Homework’ and spend time researching, or catching up on the latest news. The library is well resourced area for homework and study but at the same time offers relaxation space for those wishing to read and have some quiet time.
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Another very enthusiastic meeting was held in the library today with a group of year 8 students who are involved with the Portchester Book Award. The group are reading and evaluating 4 books….. Devil You Know by Cathy MacPhail Winterkill by Kate Boorman Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel Day of The Assassins by Johnny O’Brien Lucas thoroughly enjoyed Half Brother as did Taylor, although Darryn thought the book was weird. Katie Couper and Brooke thought Winterkill was boring but Katie Egan and Maddison enjoyed it. Lauren liked Devil You Know and Keira is enjoying working her way through all the books. She is reading her third book already. The group had a lively discussion about each book and Mrs Day, the librarian, eagerly listened to their ideas. It was interesting how each student had a different perspective and was willing to share their thoughts.
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On Wednesday 28/2/18 we held another meeting for the year 9 students who are taking part in the Portchester Book Award. Oscar Wood, Alfie Rose and Leon Richards have read all 4 books, which are: - ‘Kick’, ‘Wonder’, Now is the Time for Running’ and ‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’. Isabella McCance has read ‘Wonder’ and also ‘Now is the Time for Running’. Niamh Clarke and Jessica Fenn have both read ‘Wonder’ ‘Kick’ and are at present reading ‘Now is the Time for Running’. So far, the favourite book is ‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio. Isabella, Niamh and Alfie have also seen the film, but thought the book was better. The final vote will be interesting!
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The Portchester Book Award year 10 students met in the library today to discuss the authors, Jodi Picoult, Andy McNab, Robert Muchamore, Sue Limb, Harlan Coben and Louise Rennison. The students are enthusiastically reading library books by these authors and will vote for their favourite during the next meeting in February. The group seem to favour Jodi Picoult and Sue Limb so far with Andy McNab hot on their heels! Ben mischievously picked up The Good News Bible during the meeting, so we had a brief discussion about the kind of language used in The Bible. We then had a quick look at the Guinness Book of Records and compared the style of both with the way our chosen authors write.
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Friday May 4th …..Star Wars landed in the library!
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LIBRARY REVISION GUIDES AND LIBRARY RESOURCES (May 2018) The Learning Resource Centre (Library) has a revision section which is growing fast. We have just acquired the following books to support revision for our students taking the English Examination and covering the following topics:- Frankenstein, Blood Brothers and Poetry. There are several copies of each in the reference section to enable students to revise in the library. We also have copies if a student needs to borrow one. The library is open for students to revise before school, during morning and lunch breaks and after school until 4.15. All students are welcome to use the resources during these times, including fiction and non fiction books, board games and computers. The homework club after school has members of staff on hand to help with anything the students need. There are also DVDs for students to borrow which include not only popular films, but History and Science DVDs too.
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PRE-SCHOOL VISIT THE LIBRARY 23RD MARCH 2018 A group of very enthusiastic children visited the library Friday afternoon to enjoy story time with some of our year 9 students. They read a large range of exciting books, including Thomas the Tank Engine, Beauty and the Beast, The Cat in the Hat and a book full of nursery rhymes. One boy had a great interest in dinosaurs and enthusiastically found all the dinosaur books from the library shelves.
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The group enthusiastically talked about books they were reading, or had just finished. Harry Hooper had read ‘The Guardian Angel’ which is part of the ‘Cherub’ series. He gave a short talk about the story line and then said he found the book very good and interesting. Harry Findley had read ‘The Return of the King’ which is part of ‘The Lord of The Rings’ series. He really liked it and Isobel agreed. Mackenzie, however, said she could never get into the books in that series. She had enjoyed reading a book recommended to her by our History teacher, Mr Groves, called ‘SAS Nazi Hunters’ by D Lewis. It is set from September 1944 until after the war and is a true story. Rebekah enjoyed ‘Manga Genkaku Picasso’ which is part of a 3 volume set by Usamaru Furuya. The whole group are now considering which book they will move on to next.
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Star Wars at Lunchtime in the Library 18th January 2018 Star Wars has landed! The library was as busy and lively as usual today but with the added bonus of ‘Star Wars, The Force Awakens’ DVD showing on the overhead projector. Students eagerly watched whilst trying to beat each other at ‘Uno’ and Chess. Several students concentrated on their homework which they completed before watching the film. Mrs M Day
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PORTCHESTER BOOK AWARD MEETING YEAR 9 6TH DECEMBER 2017 A very good meeting was held in the library by Mrs Day with the year 9 PBA group. ‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio has already been read by Jess Fenn, Isabella McCance and Niamh Clarke. They all thought the book was inspiring and engaging and would recommend it. Leon Richards and Oscar Wood were reading ‘Now is the Time for Running’ by Michael Williams. They both felt this book was ‘hard going’ and rather boring. Alfie Rose was the only one in the group who was reading ‘The Girl of Ink & Stars’ by Kiran Millwood Hargrave and also ‘Kick’ by Mitch Johnson. After a 30 minute debate about the books they have read so far, we discussed the film ‘Wonder’ which is in the cinema and tried to decide if we thought it would reflect the book. As there were still several minutes left at the end of the meeting, Oscar read ‘Star Wars, What is a Wookiee?’ to us. Although the book was a short, easy reading book, it was very thought provoking and lead to a discussion about how the book was illustrated to enhance the story. Another meeting will take place in January 2018.
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The first meeting took place in the library on Wednesday 15th November 2017 with a group of year 9 students who will evaluate 4 new books during the next 2 months. Isabella McCance. Leon Richards, Oscar Wood, Jessica Fenn, Niamh Clarke and Alfie Rose have been chosen to read the thought provoking books. Kick, is the debut book of Mitch Johnson and is about a boy called Budi who has dreams of leaving the mundane factory work behind and becoming a star….playing for the greatest football team on earth! Now is the Time for Running is written by Michael Williams and is set in Zimbabwe. The story takes the reader through the difficult journey of 2 boys when the soldiers arrive and their home is destroyed. Wonder is a book which is about bullying by R J Palacio. August, or Auggie as he is known, is only 10 years old and feels like any other 10 year old. He wants to eat ice cream and play on his Xbox, but he has a terrible facial abnormality and is dreading school and how the other children will react to him. Will he be accepted? The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave is another new book. This one is about Isabella who is forbidden to leave her island but dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped… but then her best friend disappears and she joins the search party using an ancient map… but where will this lead her? The group will meet to discuss the books on a regular basis until the voting take place in January 2018 Mrs M Day
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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.
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YEAR 10 MEETING FOR PORTCHESTER BOOK AWARD 2018 The first year 10 meeting was held in the library by Mrs Day to launch the Portchester Book Award. Eight enthusiastic students, Ben Hanley, Lucy Hackett, Emily Harbour, Elizabeth Butters, Heather Linter, Molly Cook, Ebony Winning and Amy Stokes will choose 4 authors and read their books. They will then give marks out of 40 depending on how compelling, readable, focused and flowing the books are and also on how the author has written the book. The authors chosen are:- Jodi Picoult. Andy McNab, Robert Muchamore, Sue Limb. Harlan Coben and Louise Rennison. The idea of choosing authors rather than choosing the actual book, means that the year 10 students will have more control over which books they read and will have a wider range to explore.
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Eager Readers in Year 7 and Year 9 The English department launched their very own reading programme during tutor time this November. Some of our eager Year 7 readers are paired up with some of our enthusiastic Year 9 readers, who listen to them read every Monday morning in the LRC. ‘It’s a fantastic buzz in the morning. It’s lovely to hear a mix of year groups discussing the books they are reading; it also gives our Year 7 students the opportunities to build relationships with our older students.’ – Mr Wood, Head of English. The programme will continue to run this term with the hope of expanding the group size in the future.
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There was a Dr Who experience one lunchtime in the LRC. 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 Display. Students also used the LRC for their homework and then watched a Dr Who episode once their homework was completed.
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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 http://www.worldbookday.com/ideas/parents/
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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.
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Captain Underpants are very popular books written by Dav Pilkey. We have just purchased over a dozen different titles for students to enjoy and borrow from the library.
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The library was a buzz of activity today as students eagerly came in to play snakes and ladders, scrabble and cards, whilst others completed homework, chose books and relaxed with a good read! Trivia questions were being asked by Ashley Boness. Aidan McCue and Matthew Quick became very competitive.
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The library was buzzing with enthusiastic parents and children all evening. They were welcomed by 4 of our helpful students, Anthony Whelan, Riley Jennings, Alfie Rose and Reuban Ord. Riley arranged books so that displays looked interesting, Alfie and Reuban introduced themselves to the parents and talked to them about the library and Anthony challenged visitors to a game of chess or draughts. Snakes and ladders was a big hit with everyone too. The visitors collected library stickers for their trail map.
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Every student has the opportunity to do their homework in the library each night for an hour after school. Mrs Day, the librarian, is there to help with resources and a team of Learning Support Assistants are there to support the students and help them with their work. The homework club has been very well attended since the beginning for the new term.
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The start of the new term has seen the library buzzing with activity. Some students have been researching using computers and books whilst others have been relaxing, reading books or challenging each other to a game of chess or Uno.
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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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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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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 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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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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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. 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 - 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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These photos show the library ready for open evening, including the new Guinness Book of Records 2017
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Students enjoying a range of different board games as well as reading during their lunch break
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Nursery Children visit the LRC on World Book Day on 5th March 2015
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Portchester School Students visit Winchester to meet the winner of the Hampshire Book Award 2014
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HAMPSHIRE BOOK AWARD VOTING DAY JUNE 27th 2014 AT BRIDGEMARY SCHOOL
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Once again Portchester provides one of the six national finalists. 3rd overall, winner of the Fieldfare Shield for the best ethos and teamwork, and easily best in the talent show. Well done everyone!
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