The Library now have 6 micro:bit kits available for you to borrow!
What is micro:bit?
It is a pocket-sized computer 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools. It has 25 red LED lights that can flash messages and be used to create games.
There are two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist.
It has an accelerometer so it can detect motion and knows when you're on the move. The built-in compass knows which direction you're heading in and it can use a low energy Bluetooth connection to interact with other devices and the Internet. You can find more information on the hardware in the microbit guide.
Thursday 7th March was World Book Day and to celebrate the Library organised a week of activities and events designed to celebrate reading across the school. Many pupils took part in recycling old books into beautiful bookmarks, book title treasure hunts around the Library and a booky Bake-Off. Staff got involved in a Who? And Where? Competition, wearing badges for pupils to find with either a character or a place on, so pupils could match up the fictional people and where they come from. For World Book Day itself pupils and staff transformed classroom and office doors into book covers or designs inspired by stories, with prizes going to 7ST for their enticing entrance to a Secret Garden, 9L2/En for their re-creation of the Extinction Trials cover, and 10Wi for their fantastic, double-sided Hobbit cover.
Of course, an important part of World Book Day is giving pupils the opportunity to choose their own books by giving them a £1 book token to exchange for a specially published World Book Day book, or putting it towards the cost of another book of their choice. This year there’s a fantastic selection of £1 books for pupils to choose from so if you or your child has a voucher, please encourage them to spend it before the 31st March.
World Book Day is just around the corner and we have a week of events planned for you!
We are asking every tutor group to decorate their doors with a book theme. We will be sending around judges to choose the best decorated door.
We also have a Book Cake Competition. Bring in a cake decorated with a book theme to the Library on Thursday 7th March. The cakes will be judged and a winner chosen, then cakes will be cut and sold at lunch time to raise money for charity.
We look forward to seeing you next week!
Harry Potter Book Night
On Wednesday 6th February the Library team transformed the Library for one night only into our very own Hogwarts as part of the international Harry Potter Book Night celebrations. Almost 60 Year 7 and 8 pupils came to take part in Potions, Care of Magical Creatures and Defence Against the Dark Arts, plus a very lively Quidditch practice over-seen by Dumbledore himself. Pupils could also relax in the Owlery and shop at Honeydukes for magical treats like pumpkin pasties, exploding bonbons, and of course Every-Flavour Beans. The young witches and wizards were sorted into Hogwarts houses and for each activity had the chance to earn points for their house, including for a particularly fiendish quiz prepared by Bloomsbury, the publisher of the Harry Potter books. At the end of the night Gryffindor were victorious and each Gryffindor pupil received a small prize. Prizes were also presented to Guy Drew 8Ot and Charlotte Hatton 7Wi for the best costumes, and Katie Mason 8Sh for top marks on her Quibbler. The Hogwarts pupils voted the Head, as Dumbledore, best dressed member of staff. “Harry Potter Night is on the surface about bringing pupils together to have some fun,” said Mrs Regan, Librarian. “But it’s also about nurturing a love of stories and literature in our pupils that will last their whole lives, and it’s obvious when you look at some of our guests tonight just how magical and life-changing that can be.”
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