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Published Friday, September 14, 2012.
Last updated: Friday, September 14, 2012

Have you seen the JERI TELSTAR COMPETITION advertised around school. It is a writing competition where you are asked to choose an excerpt from a Jeri Telstar adventure and in 300 words tell the rest of the story.

2 winners will be chosen, one aged between 7 and 9, and a second aged between 10 and 12. Each winner will recieve 20 bound copies of their ficiton story.

Click this link for full details

Entry forms are available in both libraries and also from Mrs Dawn Gosling in the Primary School.

Get writing!


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Year 7 - Not sure what to choose?

Published Thursday, September 06, 2012.
Last updated: Friday, September 07, 2012

Hi Everyone

What a busy day in both libraries. Maybe partly due to the rain, it was fabulous to see you all though. Some of the new Year 7 have said they feel a bit spoiled for choice in the Secondary Library and are not sure where to start looking for books. Book recommendations are so hard to make as everyone's idea of what makes a good book is so different, however I have whizzed together a few suggestions which might help you make a start making selections. Hope that you find something you like.

Year 7  - Spoiled for Choice in the Secondary Library.

Some of you have said that there is so much choice that you are in Secondary that you are not sure where to start.

How about trying these books out. Then if you enjoy them let me know and we will recommend some ‘readalikes’ for you.

Harry Potter – isn’t it time you read them again. Was Snape really a good guy? I’m not so sure!

Artemis Fowl – you would go a long way to find Fantasy books as compelling as these. Alre?ady finished all of the books? Then try Mark Walden next. Eoin Colfer raves about him.

I bet you didn’t read Terry Pratchett in Year 7. Try him now. We have got heaps of titles and I can almost guarantee you will get hooked.

Andy Mulligan – incredibly funny, hilarious and outrageous. Just the thing for Year 7!

Katerhine Angrish’s Troll Blood series. Savage spirits. Viking villians, deadly danger – a rollicking read!

Meg Cabot – arguably not great literature, but why not enjoy if you can. Check your parents approve and take the message with a pinch of salt.

Joain Aiken – have you ever found an author that really captivates you and you end up spellbound and wanting to read more. Joan Aiken has that effect on me, whatever the topic of her story might be.

The Amazing Advetures of Charlie Small – they have a certain Wimpy Kid feel to them, even though he is four hundred years and has never grown up!

The Lemony Snicket Adventures – did you ever finish the whole series?

Benjamin Zephaniah. I think this writer is fabulous. If you want to try something grown up which matters, but still very readable, and you care then you should give him a try.

 Tim Wynne Jones – great on tension and a fantastic adventures. Also a Guardian Prize shortlisted author.

David Walliams books – he was a comedian before becoming an author so his books will have you in stiches, but they are also wise and insightful. Maybe some of you have a ‘Gangsta Granny’!

Percy Jackson and Charles Higgins Adventures. A bit scary, but I think you’ll be ok now you are in Secondary.

Linda Newbery. Everyone who read her books when she visited absolutely loved them. They are a gentle read, but nevertheless have some spice to them.

The Jack Gantos books – semi-autobiographical so it is great to read them having met Jack.

Sally Grindley’s selection. They are not just for boys and often deal with important weighty issues in a very approachable manner.

The Sherlock Holmes Series by Anthony Read. I think they will give you a taste for the real Sherlock Holmes stories.

Anthony Horrowitz. Great adventure stories and who doesn’t fancy themselves as a young James Bond?!

Louis Sachar’s books – lots of you will have seen the film Holes. Louis Sachar is fabulous at making you care about the characters in the stories. You can be laughing one minute and crying the next.

Bali Rai’s stories – Quite hard hitting, but interesting to see the exploration of family culture that may or may not be like our own.


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New Books in Both Libraries

Published Tuesday, September 04, 2012.
Last updated: Tuesday, September 04, 2012

We are delighted to share with you our new books for the month of September. Click the link below to enjoy a prezi presentation of all our new titles.

This month's new Secondary Resources will be displayed in the library on Friday,  and in Primary a selection will be display on every Monday as usual.

We hope you find something to enjoy. It is a fantastic new range.

Happy Reading!

Ms Sal and Mrs McDevitt


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Welcome Back!

Published Monday, August 20, 2012.
Last updated: Monday, August 20, 2012

Welcome to the new school year. We are looking forward to seeing you all in the library very soon. A special warm welcome to our new Patana families. Please do pay us a visit. Our library staff will be very happy to answer any questions you have about library use.

It has been a very busy time in the libraries during the summer. We have completed a full stocktake of both libraries and are now are in an excellent position to ensure that our collections are completely balanced and up to date. In addition we have prepared literally thousands of text books for the new school year. A special thanks must go to Khun Pui and Khun Aum for leading this enormous task. In addition the team have been cataloging a mountain of new fiction and non-fiction books as well as ensuring that the library is attractive and welcoming for you. It is great to have our Patana families back using our wonderful resources.

We have just had confirmation that Clive Pig is likely to be our visiting author during World Book week which is very excitiing. More information will be following soon.

If you are studying the Renaissance, World War 2 or the Black Civil Rights in History this term, do come and browse the books we have collected in boxes for you near the stage area. They are a great resource so make the most of them. Also, if you need help finding books from the shelves, or you are unsure about using the library catalogue, do ask one of the library staff who will be very happy to help.

Wishing you all a wonderful first week back at school.

Happy Reading

Ms Sal and Mrs McDevitt

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We love the library, golly 75,000 books! We are lucky

Published on Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Exciting Bedtime Stories for Year 2

Published Friday, June 22, 2012.
Last updated: Friday, June 22, 2012

What an exciting end to the term? Year 2 had their sleepover at school yesterday. We were thrilled that they visited the library so we could share bedtime stories with them. Dressing up in PJs and turning the storytelling area into a bed just added to the fun!

Year 2 seem to be in the limelight a lot at the minute. In the KS1 Olympic Readers Competition they were the year group who had completed the most reading. It was tight call with less than 1% between Year 1 and Year 2 for who had received the most medals. In total we have handed out almost 600 gold medals so we are very pleased with the success of the competition. Fantastic reading!

The library is very busy at the moment with everyone returning their books for the summer. During the holidays the library should be open as usual, butit is probably worth phoning the school before visiting the library, just to double check it isn't a training day.

Parents you are welcome to borrow up to 20 books for your children to read over the holidays so do pop by.

Wishing you all a successful and restful holiday. Thanks for the great support everyone has given to the library. Keep the book suggestions coming in!

Happy Holidays.

Ms Sal and Mrs McDevitt


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