Happy Birthday!

Hello everyone, and may I take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year from St Michael’s Library!

This month is racing by alarmingly quickly but I just had to  put up a post to say Happy Birthday…

Apparently this blog started this week a year ago, so we are officially 1 year old. Yay! It’s exciting to have even a small milestone like this. In the past year, we have seen all sorts of amazing things:

World Book Day 2015 – with author Peter Bently!

The wonderful Peter Bently celebrated World Book Day 2015 with us and had us all in stitches with his hilarious Knightmare series and of course the fab The Great Dog Bottom Swap (still frequently requested by children in ALL years). Peter officially opened our new Library and, if that wasn’t enough, dedicated a beautiful book to us later in the year called School Bus Saves the Day. We are truly honoured.

Peter in character as a knight!

School-wide literacy competition – Summer 2015

Piggy-backing on the success of 2014’s ‘Strangest Place to Read’ Competition, we issued all our pupils with a new challenge: Design your own superhero or super-villain… using fruit or veg. We based the idea of this competition on the hugely popular book Supertato by Sue Hendra, and were delighted with the massive response: over 50 entries. Winners were chosen from Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and it was a very difficult task as the standard was high. Some of the creative names included:

  • Captain Kohl-rabi
  • Super Deejay Carrot
  • BatMango
  • Pomella, the evil pomegranate, who steals other pomegrantes’ seeds to add to her hair.

We haven’t yet decided on this year’s theme but we’re already excited at the possibilities!

Lorcan batmango

Lorcan’s BatMango (the cape is made from aubergine we think!)

A ghostly talk…

In the first term back from the summer holidays, year 5 were invited to Magdalen College School to attend a talk by bestselling children’s author Jonathan Stroud. In this, he showed us a terrifying trailer for his Lockwood & Co series, about a trio of ghost hunters, keeping London safe from evil spirits lurking in the scariest of places. The children enjoyed the talk and had their pre-ordered books signed by Stroud, who was inundated with eager fans. He also very kindly signed a drawing he’d done and dedicated it to our school. This has been framed and now is hanging up in the Library, so please come to see it if you haven’t already!

Jonathan Stroud event 7

Jonathan Stroud, talking to Laila and Sophia, while signing their books.

Winter Editor Challenge!

Throughout the winter term two groups of students from Year 5 and one from Year 6 entered the National Literacy Trust’s Editor Challenge. The idea was to create their own version of Girl Talk magazine, using templates provided by the NLT and Girl Talk. Having worked for magazines, I can honestly say that their experience mirrored the reality of life at a national mag – there was a long period of discussion and allocation of roles and content, followed by frantic working and last-minute panic. However, every team made an impressive magazine, all very different to the others, and we’re waiting to hear the result. Please keep your fingers crossed!

There are plenty of plans in store for 2016 to make it even more exciting than 2015. Thank you for following us!