We are very excited to introduce our new reading log and challenge website called Beanbright! All Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils now have a login to access Beanbright and start recording your reading.
Beanbright allows you to record how many minutes, pages and books you have read. You can also join in with the reading challenges set by the Library and earn badges along the way.
An email has been sent to you from Mrs Shuttleworth with your details and information on how to use the website.
On Thursday 3rd October we welcomed author Andy Mulligan to school as part of the first Chichester Children's Bookfest. His book Trash is popular as a class read in Year 7 so pupils from across KS3 were thrilled to meet the author and learn about the origins of the story. In total he spoke to around 600 pupils about how chance encounters with real children have inspired his books and all of them were spellbound by his stories- rarely has a hall full of pupils sat so perfectly still! One Year 11 also came along to meet him and spoke about the impact Trash had on her in her first year at Bishop Luffa. Andy signed more than 100 copies of his books on the day for pupils and there is now a long waiting list for his stories in the school library! Headteacher Austen Hindman said “Andy inspired our students by showing us the reality of life as a writer and sharing with us where he gets his inspiration from. Students were captivated.” Our thanks go to the Bookfest team for providing such a great opportunity for our pupils.
Our annual Battle of the Books has begun and voting is now open! You choose which books should move on to to round 2.
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Audiobook Sync is a free summer audiobook program for teens and the first two are available on the 25th April! Visit www.audiobooksync.com to download your free audiobooks.
Having read both of Kathryn Evans' novels 'More of Me' and 'Beauty Sleep', to say I was somewhat excited to meet the author is an understatement, as my Year 9 class can attest to! Sorry if I embarrassed you all!
Her presentation was imaginative, engaging and, more importantly, very relevant to our students. I was chatting with them about it afterwards and they said how much they enjoyed listening to her, so much so, the queue to purchase her novel afterwards was trailing out of the library door!
It wasn't the typical promotion of a novel from an author; it was more like a P4C lesson which dealt with some of the sensitive key issues young people are faced with today. Her most recent novel handles topics like homelessness, loss, the influence of technology and self-image, the last of which was her focus outlining fashion trends all the way from the Elizabethan era to today. She had students asking themselves hard-hitting questions about how they are influenced to look a certain way by what advertising and social media standards dictate to us and she encouraged them to 'rebel' against them and be themselves! Bring on the revolution!
In an age where people are obsessed with their phones and gadgets, it was so refreshing to see the impact an author can have on reading good book and why it's so important - we learn key lessons about ourselves.
I have no doubt that her talk will have furthered the enthusiasm for reading many of our students already have and fostered a keen interest in those normally a bit more reluctant to pick up a book and read for enjoyment.
A heartfelt thanks to our librarian staff (in particular Mrs Regan who made the visit possible) - our students are extremely lucky to have such a wonderful team at school. And not forgetting the fantastic Kathryn Evans for delivering a memorable talk which I hope students will always remember about their time at Luffa.
Our thanks to the Portsmouth Schools Library Service, Hayling Island Bookshop and, of course, Kathryn herself for making this special event possible. - The Library
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