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Chantal Kelleher

Honour List 2019 Profile

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Chantal Kelleher

Herne Bay High School

Chantal Kelleher is the LRC Manager at Herne Bay High School, a popular, oversubscribed school that prides itself on its culture of high expectations and values. The school is committed to ensuring that every child is given the opportunity to reach their full academic potential whilst supporting them to develop as mature, confident and rounded individuals ready to flourish in a rapidly developing world.

The Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the school and runs a lively calendar of events throughout the year. The LRC is open throughout the school day and offers an excellent collection of factual texts and story books, magazines, ICT area, lecture theatre, mezzanine and an informal seating area. The extensive and regularly updated fiction collection is organised by genre. The non-fiction collection has a shelf on every bay dedicated to face-out display. At break, lunchtimes and after school pupils are welcome to come and relax over books, magazines, play games or complete homework.

Kelleher Flying HighThere are popular lunch time clubs including the Scrabble, Chess, Games and Homework Clubs. Pop up lunch time craft activities have included crafting Mother's Day cards and creating origami fish for an art project.  Keen readers have the opportunity to join the Carnegie Reading Group which shadows the national book award in the summer term. Last year the school won the video competition to attend the award ceremony at the British Library and were the South East shadowing Champions two years in a row. Author visits have included Alan Gibbons, Dan Freedman, Sophia Bennett, Cathy Hopkins and Lucy Strange is visiting in June. The yearly Reading Festival is a week-long celebration with books, competitions and games culminating in the raffle draw to raise money for Bookaid International.  First prize is an exclusive pizza party in the LRC.  There are regular breakfast meetings for LRC pupil assistants and celebration lessons for hard working reading classes.

One particularly successful activity which Chantal uses in reading lessons is short story bingo based on The Shortest Horror Story Ever by Anthony Horowitz which introduces the idea of publishing as a business, contains a hidden message to be decoded and is a glorious horror story with a sinister twist. Chantal has written an Accelerated Reader quiz for the story and would be happy to share the resources she has created for this activity if others would like to use them.

"It is a pleasure to promote informal learning in a supportive environment. Successfully matching a student to a book they really enjoy, especially if they would not previously have considered themselves a reader, is a delight that never palls."

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