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Apollo Moon landing book giveaway


Harbour Moon Publishing

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Where Once We Stood Jacket Lowres (1)Win 1 of 3 copies of WHERE ONCE WE STOOD: Stories of the Apollo Astronauts Who Walked on the Moon

This year sees the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon. To mark this historic occasion, BAFTA and EMMY nominated film maker and expert on the Apollo missions, Christopher Riley, and multi-award winning artist Martin Impey, whose paintings of Moonwalks have been celebrated by the astronauts themselves, have created a book which offers a rare insight into what it really felt like to live and work on another world.

From the first footprints left by Neil and Buzz during their pioneering walk on the Sea of Tranquility, to the final ambitious expeditions – as astronauts drove electric cars deep into the mountains of the Moon, this is a revealing record of what it truly meant to explore a place beyond Earth. WHERE WE ONCE STOOD is a book that can be enjoyed by the whole family.


We have 3 copies of WHERE ONCE WE STOOD to give away to SLA members. For your chance to win one just email your name and full address to laurasmythecontact[at]gmail.com using the subject line School Librarian WOWS COMP. The winners will be chosen at random after the closing date of 31st July.



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Hachette Publishers Supporting Book Clubs

Hachette Education publisher is offering goodie bags to book clubs to accompany Lucy Powrie’s brand new teen series The Paper and Hearts Society. To celebrate the launch of the first book in the series, Hachette will sponsor as many book clubs – existing or new – as possible, by providing a set of items including:

·       A club notebook

·       A club poster

·       Feedback sheets

·       Peelable stickers for notebooks, laptops or phones

·       Bookmarks

·       A recommended reading list from Lucy Powrie

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Job Vacancies, Hurlingham Academy: Careers and Learning Resource Manager, Hurlingham Academy



Job title: Careers and Learning Resource Manager, 41 weeks/year, 37.5 hr/day

Required: September 2019 

Salary: Competitive

About the role:  We are seeking to appoint an innovative Careers and Learning Resource Manager who will promote a learning ethos, encouraging students to use the Library for a variety of different types of study.

The Person: You will need to have professional qualification or relevant experience in Library and Information Science.

The successful candidate will need to be able to work independently as well as part of a team. You will need to be able to work under pressure, have excellent communications skills, and be computer literate. 

You will have experience in promoting the development of reading and love of literature, and to manage, monitor and evaluate, educational resources and their use, ensuring relevancy to the curriculum and School Improvement Plan within the allotted budget.

You will be enthusiastic about working within a school environment, and supporting the needs of the Academy.

About Hurlingham Academy: Located just south of Parsons Green in the west London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, the small 11-16 school is the kind of place where you can make a huge impact at every level and in every role, whilst being able to enjoy the benefits of a central London location. With calm and friendly classrooms, staff and students have the perfect environment to do what they do best: teach and learn.

We are seeking to appoint committed and hardworking staff who are passionate about making a difference to the lives of our children and young people.

Additional information: For an informal discussion about the role please contact Ian Ilett at Hurlingham Academy on 02077312581.

 It is important that all applicants complete the full application process at https://unitedlearning.current-vacancies.com/Jobs/Advert/1659511?cid=1567

Closing date: noon, Friday 26th July 2019.

Safeguarding info: The Hurlingham Academy are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check is required for all successful applicants.

UNITED LEARNING is a subsidiary charity of the not-for-profit charity, the United Church Schools (UCS) and shares with it the objective of managing schools which offer students a high quality education based on the principles of service and tolerance. Registered Charity No. 1093277.

Hurlingham Academy JD & Person Spec

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Weekend Course 2019: Presentations from the Weekend Course


Nicola Morgan – Stress & the Teenage Brain: The Science and Tips to Help: https://www.nicolamorgan.com/resources/


Elizabeth Wright – Character Education, Aspirations, Storytime, and Me: 


Natasha Devon – Identity and Well-being in Young People: 


Anne Teravainen-Goff, National Literacy Trust – Well-being and the School Library: What the Research Says: 

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Arden Academy School Library on Bookseller’s list of top libraries

School Librarian Emma O’Brien is in touch with her students and this is reflected in the nomination for the Bookseller’s Library of the Year Award 2019

Emma has transformed her school library and is a shining example of a difference a school librarian can make.

Congratulations and good luck to Emma and Arden.

Arden School

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Mentoring opportunity

Are you an SLA member? Have you been a school librarian for more than 3 years? Want to support a colleague on their journey? 

We are currently looking for SLA members to become mentors for our mentoring scheme. You will be matched with someone in a similar context, and you work the frequency of meetings/method of meeting etc out between you. 

We are particularly looking for secondary school librarians, and if you have knowledge of AR that would be an additional bonus. 

For more information contact Dawn Woods on Dawn[dot]woods[at]sla[dot]org[dot]uk.

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Copy and Paste Generation: Blandford, Dorset , 26 November 2019

Our course Copy and Paste Generation, run by Sarah Pavey MSc FCLIP, will be held at Bryanston School, Blandford, Dorset DT11 0PX on 26 November 2019. The closing date is 11 November 2019. Bookings received by 15 October 2019 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience:

Secondary school library staff and teachers

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Supporting the Sixth Form Student: St Albans, Hertfordshire, 19 November 2019

Our course Supporting the Sixth Form Student, run by Sarah Pavey MSc FCLIP, will be held at Beaumont School, Oakwood Drive, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL4 0XB on 19 November 2019. The closing date is 5 November 2019. Bookings received by 8 October 2019 are eligible for a £15 discount.

Key Audience:

Library staff working in secondary schools and FE colleges

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