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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

End of term is near

OK the library helpers have been having fun once again in my office. Seriously, a huge thanks to everyone who has helped out on the desk, with the shelving, the photocopying, preparing the new books and everything else this year. Your help as always is much appreciated. 

Wednesday lunch we will be having a "training" session in the library! See you then.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

And the winners are...



The discussion from Book Group favoured "The Hate U Give" and "After the Fire" for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.


I loved "Where the World End" a beautifully told historical novel with a strong sense of time and place. Let us know what you think Book Group!

Monday, 18 June 2018

Summer reading


Last chance to sign up for our summer reading.    Staff and senior pupils will be reading "Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine" and our new S4 -S6 group "The man in the high castle" by Philip K Dick


Monday, 4 June 2018

Poet workshop

 S3 Students were treated to a visit by Scottish novelist and poet Sophie Cooke to help inspire them with their creative writing for the Scottish Studies Award.

Pupil comments 
" I learned a different strategy to write a poem. I enjoyed getting inspired to write things about Scotland"
" I enjoyed when we had to write just whatever comes into your mind"
"I enjoyed our group discussion about what Scotland means to different people"
"I liked hearing the poems and the use of the Scot's language"
 "I really liked how it made me think deeper about Scotland and what I like about it"
"I learned how to start my own poems"
"I enjoyed the poems and the video"

And there were so many more positive comments. Thank you so much Sophie Cooke.

Monday, 28 May 2018

A pupil recommends

"Oranges in no man's land" By Elizabeth Laird.

 "I ran as fast as my flip flops would let me..." 

Iseabail thinks this book would make a great movie because it shows great courage, love and respect.

The book is based on a little girl called Ayesha who lives in Beirut in a war struck zone. When both her mother and father die she has to look after her two brother and her granny. As the story moves on granny becomes sick and so Ayesha takes on the dangerous and daring journey across No Man's land to the town at the other side.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Orbiting Jupiter- Dr Carter's choice from the "new bookshelf."

This is one book which I just have to tell you about. It is by American author Gary D Schmidt and it is a beautiful, quiet read which deals with huge issues. 

The story is narrated by Jack, and starts when fourteen year old Joseph his new foster brother, comes to live on their farm. Jack knows three things about Joseph before they meet:
  1. He almost killed a teacher
  2. He was incarcerated at a place called Stone Mountain
  3. He has a daughter and her name is Jupiter.
Anyone touch Joseph and he is up against the wall with his hands in the air, breathing fast and hard. His smiles are few and far between. Yet Jack soon learns he can trust Joseph and at school "he has his back."  It is a book about relationships, about love and about trust. And I defy any of you not to be a little misty eyed before you finish it.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Your library needs you!

Yes it is that time of year again.

We are open for applications to the Pupil Librarian Team.
If interested collect a form from the library. Take your time completing it. All applications should be in by end of school day Monday 14th May.

A short list will be selected for interview.
Interviews will be held during break on the week of 22nd May.

Successful applicants trained and in place for June!