Important Information for Parents about Primary Library
The Primary Library is being renovated during Term Three. We are all very excited about this and the plans for the new library look fantastic. Within one year we will have two super new libraries at Patana.
During the re-modelling, there will be some disruptions to the regular library service although we will try to keep these to a minimum. We still want children to have access to our wonderful selection of books during Term Three.
These are our plans:
- The Primary library will be closed next term for packing and moving.
- Children will not be able to wait in the Primary library at the end of the school day during Term 3. If a late pick up is unavoidable, they will be directed instead to the new Secondary Library. Any children in Year 1 or 2 must be accompanied by a parent or nanny but we would rather that children were taken straight home.
- We will set up two temporary libraries for use in Term Three.
- The Key Stage 1 Library will be based in the Visitors’ Room above the Hall.
- The Key Stage 2 Library will be on the third floor of the new Year 5 and 6 building.
- Children will still be able to take out library books on a weekly basis.
- Year 6 will use the Secondary Library during Term Three as part of their transition process. We will try and check all book choices for suitability, but would value your help in monitoring your child’s book choices during this time. They will not have access to books for older students.
- The Parents’ Collection will be unavailable during this time but feel free to borrow titles during the final week of this term. During Term Three you are very welcome to use the Secondary Library facilities, although you may need to move to an area of the library not in use by a class.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time.
Our new Primary Library is going to be amazing.
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Writers recommend books to Year 7
Dear Year 7 Students
takes you to what established writers think you should all be reading. There are certainly some of my own favourite books amongst them and I think many of the recommendations are great. I think they would be popular choices from Year 5 or 6 to Year 9. Let us have your feedback on any of them. If you are not online right now to access the link I have cut and paste the suggestions below.
The 50 books every child should read:
* Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Indispensable. The great classic beginning of English children's literature.
* Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. What effortless invention looks like.
* Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner. A great political story: democracy in action.
* Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. As clear and pure as Mozart.
* Black Hearts in Battersea by Joan Aiken. If Ransome was Mozart, Aiken was Rossini. Unforced effervescence.
* The Owl Service by Alan Garner. Showed how children's literature could sound dark and troubling chords.
* The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Superb wit and vigorous invention.
* Moominsummer Madness by Tove Jansson. Any of the Moomin books would supply the same strange light Nordic magic.
* A Hundred Million Francs by Paul Berna. A particular favourite of mine, as much for Richard Kennedy's delicate illustrations (in the English edition) as for the story.
* The Castafiore Emerald by Hergé. Three generations of this family have loved Tintin. Perfect timing, perfect narrative tact and command, blissfully funny.
* The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson.
The heroine is blessed with such wonderful friends who help her through the twists and turns of this incredible journey.
* A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The first few pages were so engaging, Marley's ghostly face on the knocker of Scrooge's door still gives me the shivers.
* Just William books by Richmal Crompton. These are a must for every child.
* The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde. This was the first story, I think, that ever made me cry and it still has the power to make me cry.
* The Elephant's Child From The Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. The story my mother used to read me most often, because I asked for it again and again. I loved the sheer fun of it, the music and the rhythm of the words. It was subversive too. Still my favourite story.
* Treasure Island by R.L. Stevenson This was the first real book I read for myself. I lived this book as I read it.
* The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. A classic tale of man versus nature. I wish I'd written this.
* The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono. A book for children from 8 to 80. I love the humanity of this story and how one man's efforts can change the future for so many.
* The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy The story of two children who go to find their father who has been listed missing in the trenches of the First World War.
* The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson-Burnett. I love this story of a girl's life being changed by nature.
Katy Guest, literary editor for The Independent on Sunday
* Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah. Story of a young Ethiopian boy, whose parents abandon him in London to save his life.
* Finn Family Moomintroll (and the other Moomin books) by Tove Jansson.
A fantasy series for small children that introduces bigger ones to ideas of adventure, dealing with fear, understanding character and tolerating difference.
* Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. It's rude, it's funny and it will chime with every 11-year-old who's ever started a new school.
* I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Written for a teenage audience but fun at any age.
* The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein. Be warned, these tales of hobbits, elves and Middle Earth are dangerously addictive.
* The Tygrine Cat (and The Tygrine Cat on the Run) by Inbali Iserles. If your parents keep going on at you to read Tarka the Otter, The Sheep-Pig and other animal fantasies, do – they're great books – also try Iserles' stories about a cat seeking his destiny.
* Carry On, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse. A grown-up book – but not that grown-up.
* When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr. Judith Kerr's semi-autobiographical story of a family fleeing the Nazis in 1933.
* Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett. Elaborate mythological imagery and a background based in real science. If you like this, the Discworld series offers plenty more.
* The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson. The pinnacle of the wonderful Jacqueline Wilson's brilliant and enormous output.
John Walsh, author and Independent columnist
* The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Irresistible puzzle-solving tales of the chilly Victorian master-sleuth and his dim medical sidekick.
* The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Age-transcending tale, both funny and sad.
* Mistress Masham's Repose by TH White. Magical story of 10-year-old Maria, living in a derelict stately home, shy, lonely and under threat from both her governess and her rascally guardian.
* Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Inexplicably evergreen, trend and taste-defying 1868 classic.
* How to be Topp by Geoffrey Willams and Ronald Searle. Side-splitting satire on skool, oiks, teechers, fules, bulies, swots.
* Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. First of the action-packed adventures with 14-year-old Alex Rider.
* Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo. "Dulce et Decorum Est" for pre-teens.
* Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. Lively, amoral, wildly imaginative debut (six more followed) about the money-grabbing master-criminal Artemis, 12. The author called it "Die Hard with fairies".
* The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier. Inspiring wartime story of the Balicki family in Warsaw.
* Animal Farm by George Orwell. Smart 11-year-olds won't need any pre-knowledge of Marx, Lenin, Trotsky and 1917 to appreciate this brilliantly-told fable.
* Skellig by David Almond. Brings magical realism to working-class North-east England.
* Red Cherry Red by Jackie Kay. A book of poems that reaches deep into our hidden thoughts but also talks in a joyous voice exploring the everyday.
* Talkin Turkeys by Benjamin Zephaniah. A book of poems that demands to be read aloud, performed and thought about.
* Greek myths by Geraldine McCaughrean. Superheroes battle with demons, gods intervene in our pleasures and fears – a bit like the spectres in our minds going through daily life, really – beautifully retold here.
* People Might Hear You by Robin Klein. A profound, suspenseful story about sects, freedom and the rights of all young people – especially girls.
* Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. A book that dared to go where no one thought you could with young audiences because it raises tough stuff to do with race.
* Einstein's Underpants and How They Saved the World by Anthony McGowan. A crazy adventure set amongst the kids you don't want to know but who this book makes you really, really care about.
* After the First Death by Robert Cormier. Cormier is never afraid of handling how the personal meets the political all within the framework of a thriller.
* The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd. A book that allows difference to be part of the plot and not a point in itself.
* Beano Annual. A cornucopia of nutty, bad, silly ideas, tricks, situations and plots.
Back to Business As Usual
I would say back to business as usual in the Secondary library but, of course, things will never be quite the same! Everyone is still tremendously excited by the wonderful facilities we have. We encourage you to keep visiting and make the most of our excellent new library.
We are not starting to get excited about the Primary rennovation too. A Heads Up that the Primary Library will be closed for the first week of the third term whilst we pack and move to our temporary premises. For term three we will set up in the Visitors Room for the Early Years and the top of the Year 5.6 block for the other part of the Primary Library. During this time we will continue to lend out fiction books but the non-fiction books will be packed away, so please do make sure that you borrow any non-fiction you need for the third term soon.
As you know we are always trying to improve the services we offer and we are pleased to share with you details about a new online newspaper that we are trialling.
I have set up a three month trial for www.newsacademic.com. It is full of topical issues and very user friendly. The login is at the top left corner
Email Address: library email@example.com
Do let me know your thoughts about whether it would be good to buy a subscription to this resrouce once the trial has ended.
We have had a great day today with Khun Pearl paying 1M a special visit during which she both sang and read to the class. We have also been trialling our ipads and the students have had a wonderful time experimenting with them.
Another exciting week lies ahead, with the opening of the cross campus staffroom located behind the library. From tomorrow teachers will be able to borrow the Professional Development Books from tomorrow which will be located in there.
Have a great week everyone.
Ms Sal Flint
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The Secondary Library is Open
What a lot has happened in a week! Thursday was a tremendously exciting day. The number of secondary students and staff dressing up was phenomenal. We had a wonderful day of library tours and the new library was met with gasps of excitement. It certainly has been a centre of activity since then and we are pleased to be operating a regular fiction and nonfiction resource lending and borrowing system from today.
The text books are still packed away but we hope to have that part of our library service up and running by the 21st March. You will be able to go to the hatch at the end of the library nearest to the Arts bock, for returning and borrowing text books. What a magnificent facility.
In the meantime we hope that you will continue to be frequent users of the library. It is the dream location to sit and relax with a book or get on with homework. I will post below just a few photos of our wonderful dress up day and library opening.
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