Portchester Community School

Portchester Community School


Lunchtime in the LRC

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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

Open Evening 2018

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Another hugely successful Open Evening! The feedback from parents and children was overwhelmingly positive. All areas of the school were buzzing with excitement! Parents were extremely positive about the students supporting the school on this night - many of them really shone with their commitment and loyalty to their school.

First Week of Term

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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

Portchester Book Award 2018 Year 7 Voting

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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!

Portchester Book Award Year 8 Voting

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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.

Portchester Book Award 2018 Year 7 Meeting

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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.

Portchester Book Award 2018 Year 8 Meeting

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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.

Year 7 Portchester Book Award 2018 Launch.

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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.

Womens' FA Cup Final

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What a super group of students! Thanks for being so brilliant on the trip to the Womens' FA cup final.!! They experienced the highs and lows of an FA Cup final and enjoyed the sun!

More English Revision Guides in the Library

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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.

Activities in the Library

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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.

Year 8 Portchester Book Awards Meetings

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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.

Year 9 Portchester Book Awards Meetings

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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!

Year 10 Portchester Book Awards Meetings

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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.

May the Fourth be with you

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Friday May 4th …..Star Wars landed in the library!

English Revision 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.

Pre School Children visit the Library

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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.

Year 11 Collect for the RSPCA Stubbington Ark

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Year 11 have collected food, toys and towels for the RSPCA Ark - the photos show the students with the items collected and being handed over to The Ark.

Year 9 Handing over their Charity Collection

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Year 9 handing over their charity collection of clothes, toiletries, towels and basic food items to a local Homeless and Women's Refuge Charity.

Year 10 Reading Club

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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.

Star Wars Showing in the Library

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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

Fire Crew Visits Portchester School

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Fantastic to have the wonderful crew from Portchester Fire Station with us in school this morning, providing Christmas cheer to all. They attended to give presents donated by local businesses and 28 Personnel to Year 7 children who have achieved good results so far throughout this academic year. Huge thanks to these local businesses and Portchester Fire Crew for making some deserving students so happy. Also thank you to the fire crew at Portchester Fire Station for your visit, it was much appreciated and made some special children very happy.

Meeting of Year 9 Portchester Book Award

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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.

Launch of Portchester School's Year 9 Book Award

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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

Portchester Book Awards 9/6/17.

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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.

Launch of Portchester School's Year 10 Book Award

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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.

Little Shop of Horrors

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There were three performances of the classic Little Shop of Horrors on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of November. All were well attended and thoroughly enjoyed. Congratulations and many thanks to all who took part, both on stage and behind the scenes.

Eager Readers in Year 7 and Year 9

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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.

Dr Who Experience in the LRC

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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.

World Book Day 2nd March 2017

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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/

Portchester Book Awards Voting Day 29/6/17

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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.

New Captain Underpants books have arrived in the library!

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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.

Lunchtime Activities in the Library 4th October 2017

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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.

Open Evening 2017 in the LRC

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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.

Homework Club in the Library

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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.

Lunchtime in the Library 8/9/2017

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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.

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.

Prom 2017

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The class of 2017 pass out in style at the Marriott Hotel in Shedfield

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Year 9 Girls Visit CEMAST

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Twenty Year 9 girls took part in a fantastic initiative run by Fareham College at their CEMAST site on Wednesday 8th February. The aim of the initiative is to encourage girls to consider Engineering as a future career.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cologne 2016

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Christmas Dinner at Portchester School

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A delicious meal of Roast Turkey with all the trimmings and Chocolate Pudding or Ice-cream for dessert was enjoyed by the students and staff of Portchester Community School on Wednesday 14th December. Many thanks to all the kitchen staff for this very festive meal.

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!

Portchester Community School Celebration Evening

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Portchester Community School held an Evening of Celebration on Wednesday 23rd November 2016. Students received awards for a wide range of achievements from Academic Endeavour to Positive Contribution to the Life of the School, from Attendance and Personal Progress to Services to the Library. Finally, GCSE Certificates were presented to our 2015 - 2016 Year 11 students. In addition there were 2 highly enjoyable musical performances and an inspirational guest speaker. Headteacher Mr Carlyle closed the evening by thanking everyone for their attendance and contribution to the success of Portchester Community School.

Eden Rainbow-Cooper

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The winner of the 2016 Michael Austin Harlick Award for Outstanding Sports Person of the Year for disability sport is Eden Rainbow Cooper.

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.

The Quadrangle Refurbishment Project

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This project aims to transform a shabby and under-used area of the school into an ecologically landscaped meeting and performance area. It is a privilege for the school to be working with Tesco on this project which will make the central area of the school more accessible, ecologically sound and inspiring for our students, many of whom are disabled, and our adult community users aged 6 months to 92!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Open Evening

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

Year 11 Prom 2016

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Spine Chillers

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'YOU' Decide!

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Certificate Evening November 2015

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See photos of Year 11 Students receiving their GCSE Certificates and the presentation of Awards

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

75th Anniversary Open Afternoon

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A fantastic gathering of people with connections to the school going back to 1944! Memories were shared and comparisons with the modern day were happening at every table

Portchester Community School Past and Present

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Photos from Portchester School's 75 years of providing education for the young people of Portchester. You will see building progresses, classes, staff and many theatrical productions.

Portchester Gala 2015

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A few choice pictures from the day. Please contact us at the school if you have some which you would like to share with us.

Prom 2015

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Another great Prom organised my Mrs Allen and Miss Domican!

Metameer 2015

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On the 21st May we welcomed our friends from Metameer school in the Netherlands for their annual visit.

Art GCSE 2015

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National Archive March 2015

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A group of historians were given access to original documents relating to the Cold War as part of their research. Many of the documents were rated "Top Secret" at the time, and included handwritten notes from the Prime Minister at the time, Harold McMillan. Pictures by Sam McCulloch

World Book Day at Portchester Community School 5th March 2015

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Nursery Children visit the LRC on World Book Day on 5th March 2015

Portchester Community School Open Evening 2014

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Pictures from Portchester Community School's very successful Open Evening on Wednesday 24th September 2014

Results Day 2014

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Smiles all round as PCS bounces back with a fantastic set of results

Staying Safe Days 21st and 22nd July

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For the second consecutive year The school arranged for our students to be involved in a range of activities to help them maintain their own safety and understand the work of other agencies involved in safety work.

Arts Festival 2014 - Ferneham Hall

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18th July 2014. Once again our school and its surrounding primary schools displayed a stupendous array of talent.

Staying Safe Staying Alive

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A brilliant summer day with the whole school learning about the work of the fire forensics service, the police weapons unit, the Royal Navy specialist units and much else besides!

Hampshire Book Awards

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Portchester Gala 2014

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Thanks to the hard work of the PTA and the Art Department, Portchester Community School provided some of the highlights of this year's Gala

Prom 2014

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The 2014 Portchester Community School Prom was a glittering affair!

Metameer 2014

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A great day out for our welcome visitors from the Netherlands

PTA Fayre

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Thanks to all of the studets, staff and parents who made it a great day for all concerned

Shoebox Appeal 2013

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147 boxes were collected for this year's appeal. As you can see the Rotary club representative was somewhat overwhelmed by our response to the appeal!

Kielder 2013

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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!

Science Lifelab

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Our students were recently part of the Lifelab project at Southampton University where they were able to learn advanced scientific techniques at first hand.