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Patrick Ness at Edinburgh Festival

SDT LogoOn Saturday August 16th, award winning children’s author Patrick Ness will speak at the inaugural Siobhan Dowd Trust lecture at Edinburgh International Festival. The theme of his talk will be How Books Can Change Children’s Lives. This is a theme that runs through Patrick’s books, most apparent in A Monster Calls where a young boy is faced with his mother dying from cancer. Siobhan left the outline for this story which Patrick completed after her death.  It was also a theme that ran through the late teen author Siobhan Dowd’s novels, and was also apparent in Siobhan’s work during her lifetime.

The Trust was started by Siobhan who wanted to carry on helping children from books after her death from breast cancer. During her own life time she worked with various organisations such as PEN investigating human rights for authors in Indonesia and Guatemala to taking authors to socially deprived areas, prisons, and other community projects. The Trust now funds projects ranging from funding books for school libraries in deprived areas to books for counselling charities. More information can be found on the website.
 

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Earth 2 wins the 2014 Stan Lee Excelsior Award

DC's Parallel World Superhero Story Scoops First Place!

3172 Ratings Forms were returned and analysed this year and the teenagers of Great Britain have chosen their winner - Earth 2 by James Robinson and Nicola Scott (published by DC Comics)!
To find out which books finished 2nd and 3rd click on the link below and visit the website...
http://www.excelsioraward.co.uk/shortlist2014.html

Earth 2 also won the JABBICA (Judge A Book By Its Cover Award), becoming the first graphic novel to win this award AND finish in the top three. This stunning and intricate cover was created by Ivan Reis.

Winners of the True Believers Award
Sheffield's Silverdale School won the True Believers Award for the second year running. This award goes to the school that returns the most Rating Forms.
 

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Man Booker Resources 2014

Man Booker14The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year.
The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes
of authors and even publishers. One of the main objectives of the prize is to encourage the widest possible readership for the best in literary fiction and for many years the prize has worked closely with public libraries to engage a broad range of readers and over the last two years has worked
with secondary schools and sixth form colleges. The interest and levels of engagement has been fantastic and as a result the prize is increasing the resources and support for schools and colleges. This year the package, which is free to all schools and colleges, comprises the following;
Hard copy resources:

  • A brochure detailing all the past winners and shortlisted titles along with interesting
  • snippets of information about the prize
  • Posters
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers

Downloadable resources:

  • New for 2014 ‐Man Booker Prize quiz designed specifically for secondary schools
  • New for 2014 – A booklist of Man Booker Prize titles that have been made into a film along
  • with a toolkit of ideas to support work with the book and the accompanying film
  • 'Have you thought of…’ ideas for using the Man Booker Prize with your reading groups and
  • students
  • A booklist of past winners and shortlisted titles that focuses on books which are likely to
  • appeal to sixth form students
  • Readers Guides for each of the longlisted titles
  • Posters for each of the shortlisted titles

If you would like to receive the package of display material simply send an email to Helen Thomas (helen[at]bookcommunications.co.uk) and include the name of your school and school address as soon as possible  - and before end of this term. The resources will be sent to you at the beginning of the autumn term.

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The City of London School for Girls win Kids Lit Quiz Final!!

It was a truly wonderful day and The City of London School for Girls came first at the International final of the Kids' Lit Quiz yesterday. Canberra Grammar School from Australia came a close second and Awakeri Primary School from New Zealand came third.

The Two Steve's were the most wonderful MC’s that you can imagine and Tim Bowler really did “Bowl everyone over”  !!!

He gave the most inspiring talk to the  contestants at the beginning of the event and a wonderful speech after the Celebration Dinner in the evening.

Judy Curry , the CEO of the Commonwealth Education Trust (CET)  spoke about the importance of reading and how pleased the Trust is to support the KLQ.

After the interval Dr Alice Curry presented each of the team's accompanying librarians with an anthology of Folk Tales and Poems from around the Commonwealth. This was compiled for the 125 anniversary of the CET and called “A River of Stories”.

It was an exciting finish as, until the penultimate round, the Australian team had a clear lead, then the home team, quick on the buzzer, just kept scoring point after point. They walked away with the top prize of £100 each, lots of lovely books, fantastic goodie bags and the coveted KLQ International Cup.

Many, many congratulations to the four contestants:

  • Alish Coleman
  • Annie Roberts
  • Clementine Sagar Scott
  • Hannah Haines.

Also thanks go to their  teacher, Brian Ward, and librarian, Rhian Trevor and to Rachel Hine, who represented the SLA on the day.

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Free Taster Course at Welling School

The course is suitable for 11-17 year olds and will be held in Welling School’s iBrary (interactive learning zone) on the 27th and 28th of October (during half term break).

We will be teaching students about filming, editing, making movies and creating animation of different kinds using iPads. Both days will have workshops 9am – 3pm with a break for lunch.

Both Teaching and support staff will be conducting this course alongside the iBrary Assistant,Heather Simmons. Please download a poster relating to the course for promotion in your school.

Welling Poster

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If this course proves successful, we will be running a summer school in summer 2015 here at Welling school for all 11-17 year olds in the Bexley area to enjoy for an agreed fee.

In order to book a place, parents must email me at this address  SimmonsH[at]wellingschool-tkat.org or call us on 0208 304 8531 extension: 2861 and ask for Heather Simmons. I will be liaising with parents/carers personally and sending them information/consent forms regarding their child when they book. 

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Job Vacancies: Cardinal Newman Catholic School - Librarian/s

Full Time or Job Share Considered

NJC Scale SO1/2 - £24,892 - £28,992 per annum, pro rata

37 hours per week, term time only

The Governors are seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Librarian to manage our brand new Sixth Form Library.  The successful applicant will provide a stimulating environment that effectively contributes to delivery of the curriculum and have a desire to contribute to independent learning by supporting students in developing study and research skills, making use of appropriate learning resources.

Previous library experience and high level interpersonal skills are essential.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with energy and enthusiasm enhanced by clear organisational skills and an ability to work with students and staff  in a modern, high-tech facility.

Closing Date: Friday, 18th July at 10.00am

Further details and application forms are available on our website www.cncs.co.uk or by phoning Reception on 01273 558551 or can be downloaded here:

_Support_Staff_Application_Form Apr 14

Word document, 183 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later)

 

Librarian JD PSpec Admin Organisational Support Role D July 2014

Word document, 91 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later)

 

Recruitment_Monitoring_Form1

Word document, 91 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later)

 

Rehabilitation_of_Offenders_Act_1974_ _Disclosure_Form1

Word document, 65 kB (Requires Microsoft Word 97 or later)

 

Please send completed applications via e-mail to j.tew[at]cncs.co.uk

Cardinal Newman Catholic School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

                                  

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APPG report on school libraries published!

BeatingHeartoftheSchoolThe All Party Parliamentary Group on school libraries has published their final report 'The Beating Heart of the School'. It is available to download and read from the Cilip website. The report makes four recommendations which are essential reading to librarians working in schools and their management teams.

The report calls for every child in the UK to have a good library in their secondary school. 

It makes four recommendations:

  • The Department for Education starts collecting figures about the number of schools that have a library and librarian
  • The Minister for Schools examines the full contribution that school libraries make to children’s education and development
  • Ofsted includes libraries in their inspections
  • The Department for Education has a lead staff-member for school libraries
- See more at: http://www.cilip.org.uk/cilip/advocacy-campaigns-awards/advocacy-campaigns/libraries-all-party-parliamentary-group/beating#sthash.1rdBCKof.dpuf

The report calls for every child in the UK to have a good library in their secondary school. 

It makes four recommendations:

  • The Department for Education starts collecting figures about the number of schools that have a library and librarian
  • The Minister for Schools examines the full contribution that school libraries make to children’s education and development
  • Ofsted includes libraries in their inspections
  • The Department for Education has a lead staff-member for school libraries
- See more at: http://www.cilip.org.uk/cilip/advocacy-campaigns-awards/advocacy-campaigns/libraries-all-party-parliamentary-group/beating#sthash.1rdBCKof.dpuf

The report calls for every child in the UK to have a good library in their secondary school. 

It makes four recommendations:

  • The Department for Education starts collecting figures about the number of schools that have a library and librarian
  • The Minister for Schools examines the full contribution that school libraries make to children’s education and development
  • Ofsted includes libraries in their inspections
  • The Department for Education has a lead staff-member for school libraries
- See more at: http://www.cilip.org.uk/cilip/advocacy-campaigns-awards/advocacy-campaigns/libraries-all-party-parliamentary-group/beating#sthash.1rdBCKof.dpuf

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UKLA Book Award Winners 2014

TRULY INTERNATIONAL, TRULY DIVERSE AWARD WINNERS

The unique UKLA Book Awards are the only awards judged entirely by teachers, who are able to share the books with their classes and genuinely discover what works with young readers. Although the judges have made it a clean sweep of the Caldicott Medal, the Kate Greenaway Medal and now the UKLA 3 to 6 Award for Canadian author Jon Klassen, they have also awarded, for the first time, a book in translation, with Pushkin’s very first book on their Children’s list, and a novel from Tamarind, founded by Verna Wilkins in 1987 with the mission of redressing the balance of diversity in children’s publishing. The teacher judges have clearly demonstrated that they want a more exciting and varied diet of quality texts to be available to young readers in the UK than can be seen on the average high street.

Alayne Ӧzturk, President of UKLA said ‘UKLA is committed to the importance of a diverse range of literature for children and young people. We know that literature broadens the reader’s experience of the world and sense of the possible and thus should have a central place in classrooms and educational contexts. The exceptional quality of the shortlists this year and the truly outstanding winners shows that there are many gems to be found amongst the smaller presses and we are proud to be celebrating international authors and illustrators at our 50th International Conference”

The Award winners for the book categories 3 to 6, 7 to11 and 12 to16+ years were announced at a wine reception at the UKLA International Conference at the University of Sussex on Friday 4th July 2014.

The winning book in the 12 to16+ years category is Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams, published by Tamarind Books an imprint of Random House Children’s Books

“Set in Zimbabwe, fourteen year old Deo, a great footballer, and his brother, Innocent, are forced to flee for their lives after government forces destroy their home. With only his brain-damaged brother and a football stuffed with billions of worthless dollars, Deo heads towards the boarder on a mission to find their absent father. Deo's love for his brother, the courage he finds to confront the terrors, and the acts of kindness that shine out among the violence and the hatred, take us through a journey of despair to a story of hope” Claire Houslop (judge)

The winning book in the 7 to 11 years category is The Story of the Blue Planet by Andri Snær Magnason, translated by Julian Meldon D'Arcy Illustrated by Áslaug Jónsdóttir published by Pushkin Press

“The Story of the Blue Planetcomes alive when you read it to a class of children who love the idea of a place, populated entirely by children, living in harmony, playing happily and bathing rarely! Into this blissful existence comes the shady character of Jolly-Goodday who entices them into a whole new level of fun – but at a cost ... Suspense, laughter and many questions accompany each chapter in this book, which has been enjoyed by classes throughout the 7-11 age range, each appreciating it on different levels and inspiring moral, philosophical and environmental debate. I loved reading it aloud - you could have heard a pin drop in my class! One boy said ‘Please can you just read it all day?” Jane Steel (judge)

The winning book for the 3 to 6 years category is This is not my Hat written and illustrated by Jon Klassen, published by Walker Books

“Jon Klassen successfully combines elements of pantomime - a moral tale and a horror story with almost unbearable suspense in this outstanding picture book. The clever interplay between text and illustration allows the reader to witness the sheer optimism of a thieving fish while simultaneously observing the inevitable consequence of his actions. Destined to become a classic, this is a must read!” Polly Atkinson (judge)

For the first time the judges also presented a Highly Commended 3 to 6 Award to

 Open Very Carefully by Nick Bromley, illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne, published by Nosy Crow

“A fantastic, exciting interactive picture book, which has the potential to delight and scare you at the same time. If you dare to turn the pages you will come across an anarchic crocodile who invades a cosy traditional tale with the intention of causing trouble. Where will it all end?  Read on if you’re brave enough” Polly Atkinson (judge)

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