Here is this week’s News Digest:
Happy reading over the long weekend!
Here is this week’s News Digest:
Happy reading over the long weekend!
Weekly News Digest brought to your inbox every Friday by the Library Team
Here is the latest News Digest – covering stories published from Friday 6th – Thursday 12th November.
This is primarily intended for staff and students at Wellington College, (as an educational and current awareness bulletin) so a number of links to stories on our databases will not be available to the general public.
Last week’s most popular story was Could humans swim quicker by imitating eels and jellyfish?
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We’ve had a wonderful start to this academic year in terms of seeing a great deal of the new Y9s in the Library. Not only have they been joining us for research sessions during their geography lessons (getting to grips with the wealth of online resources on the e-Library) but they are also coming to us for ‘book chat’ tutorials – sharing their likes and dislikes and recommending books to their peers. This year each tutor group will have a discussion with one of the librarians – starting off with a Kahoot to quiz what they remember about ‘Revolver’ by Marcus Sedgwick (the book they were all given to read over the summer) and another to hear about their responses to it.
Each Y9 class is having a one hour session in the Library every fortnight providing the opportunity to choose books freely, bring books or e-readers from home, recommend books for new stock and where multiple copies exist read the same book as friends so that they can discuss it afterwards. We are particularly encouraging the pupils to try different types of books and are currently developing our collection of graphic novels – both in size and range. We now have our first Manga and comic books and graphic novels on topics in history such as Palestine by Joe Sacco and Barefoot Gen: a cartoon story of Hiroshima. Author Sarah Crossan did an excellent presentation on verse novels at a librarians’ conference and we have a small collection of free verse novels – an unusual form but surprisingly compelling as well as generally quick to read.
It has been incredibly encouraging to see how enthusiastically the new students have shared their favourite books and at the same time how honest others have been about not being ‘readers’. We have a hugely supportive staff who share their reading recommendations through posters on their classroom doors, the loan of books and chatting to students. Here is a blog post by an American school librarian that I wholeheartedly agree with: Learning to read alone is not enough. Your students need a reading champion.
Let’s hope we can keep this reading momentum as they progress up the school!
Here are some of the Y9 student suggestions (many more to come!)
Y9 Orange Book Recommendations
The House of Silk – Anthony Horowitz (this was the first official new Sherlock Holmes mystery)
Before I Die – Jenny Downham
Cuckoo Song – Frances Hardinge
My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
The secrets we keep – Jonathan Harvey
An island of our own – Sally Nicholls
The London Eye mystery – Siobhan Dowd
Cherub series by Robert Muchamore
We need to talk about Kevin – Lionel Shriver
The Leopard – Jo Nesbo (and any of his crime novels!)
It’s kind of a funny story – Ned Vizzini
We all looked up – Tommy Wallach (the story of an asteroid on a potential collision course with Earth as told from the alternating viewpoints of four high school students.)
Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom (on the Wellbeing Top Ten Reads list)
Mum, can you lend me twenty quid? – Elizabeth Burton-Phillips (subtitled: What drugs did to my family)
Archangel – Robert Harris
An officer and a spy – Robert Harris
Y9 Picton – recommended reads:
Noughts and Crosses series – Malorie Blackman
My swordhand is singing – Marcus Sedgwick
Midwinter Blood – Marcus Sedgwick
Paper Towns – John Green
Alex Rider series
Holes – Louis Sachar
Journey’s End – R.C. Sherriff
Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time – Mark Haddon
Pig-heart Boy – Malorie Blackman
Tell me no lies – Malorie Blackman
Any and all of John Green’s books
‘If you haven’t read the whole of the Harry Potter series you haven’t lived’ Lucas
See more pupil book reviews here
We had a wonderful variety of entries to this year’s Extreme Reading Photo Competition. They ranged from exotic locations to extremely creative ideas of places to read, mirroring the contents of the books. We are very grateful to Mrs Henderson for judging this year’s competition. Congratulations to all our winners and everyone who took part.
Our overall winner, Beatrice (Y9) wins a kobo e-reader.
2nd Georgia and Tom, Y10 (reading ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ by Mark Haddon whilst shark cage diving)
Joint 3rd Ramarni, Y9 (reading ‘Revolver’ by Marcus Sedgwick in an egg) and Frank, Y11 on Hadrian’s Wall.
Finn, Y9 (flying through the air with ‘Revolver’ by Marcus Sedgwick)
Thomas, Y10 (reading an enormous book in Barcelona)
Have a look at the full display of photos in Back Quad.
Why not try one of the books our staff and pupils read this summer from the list below?
First Class Murder by Robin Stevens (Beatrice Y9)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (Georgia and Tom Y10)
Wonder by R. J. Palacio (Ben, Eagle House)
Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong by David Walsh (Mr McGarey, Chemistry)
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick (many new Y9’s!)
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch (Ms Atherton, Library)
Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher (Zara, Y10)
Caesar by Allan Massie (Mr Atherton, Maths)
Trinity by Conn Iggulden (2nd book in his trilogy about the War of the Roses, Dr Hood, Chemistry)
Rubicon by Tom Holland (Louisa, Y10)
Elizabeth is missing by Emma Healey (Ms Wright, Library)
The Bees by Laline Paull (Dominic, Y11)
Dr Hood (Chemistry) is clearly enjoying her summer. She has been doing some extreme walking in Slovenia in the Julian Alps.
One walk took us to a place called Tromeja in Slovenian or Drilandereck in German, meaning Three Borders. It is the place where three countries meet: Slovenia, Austria and Italy. We took the path from the village of Ratece in the valley bottom (at about 840m altitude) to the top of Pec mountain (1510m), a climb of around 670 meters. The last section of the path had 30 hairpin bends on it, so the walk involved quite extreme effort from me! That’s why I decided to get this photo taken at the boundary point. The views at the top were amazing. The background in the photo is Austria.
The books I read on holiday in Slovenia were the first two of Conn Iggulden’s trilogy about the War of the Roses, “Stormbird” and “Trinity” – great stuff, full of blood and guts, but I’m still not sure I understand all the complicated relationships between the houses of York, Lancaster and Neville after reading them!
Mr Bickford-Smith has been getting to know the friendly wildlife in the Galapagos Islands. He has, very fittingly, been reading “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez alongside two sea-lion pups on Isla Isabela.
Just in – our first Extreme Reading Photo of this summer! Many thanks to our mystery reader(no prizes for guessing who it is though!). Have a look at this Animoto of a selection of previous years’ photos. Perhaps we could plot a map of all the various locations where the reading took place this year and compile a list of all the book titles? Creative photos from your local area or back garden just as welcome as more exotic locations.
You could win a Kobo e-reader!
Don’t forget to send us your Extreme Reading Photos for the summer holiday competition. Here’s a very late entry from last year. It’s Mr Townley on the Hannibal Alps trip. We’re hoping for some good ones from this year’s Classics trip walking the length of Hadrian’s Wall.
Email your entries to: email@example.com or tweet them to @welly_library.
The Open University is now offering Badged Open Courses for anyone wanting to try online courses, starting anytime. Learners can work at their own pace, signing up any time and on completion gain a digital badge which can be shared with employers, UCAS etc. Each course takes 24 hours to complete. Try something new like forensic psychology or develop your Maths skills with two levels of courses. Accounts are currently available to age group 16+
There are over 800 free courses including many introductory courses (without badges) – some of which only take 5 hours to complete. See the full list here
This summer holiday is longer than ever and the opportunities to stretch yourselves, learn new skills and escape into a good book are vast. We look forward to all your entries to this year’s Extreme Reading Photo Competition too!
For non-fiction reading suggestions don’t forget the Top Ten Reads (especially beneficial for those of you in 5th and 6th form and a chance to develop your knowledge of the subjects you are passionate about in Preparation for A levels and IB)
For fiction remember Mr Wayman’s (Head of English)Wellington 100 book suggestions. An eclectic mix of classic and contemporary fiction.
There are masses of reading ideas on the Lovereading4kids website including suggestions by age and theme and helpful additional information about authors. It is particularly useful for finding out about recently published books. For adults try lovereading.co.uk
The Carnegie Medal – awarded each year by school librarians for an outstanding children’s book is a good source of contemporary fiction suggestions for young people from 10 – 16.
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)
MOOCS enable all of us to dip into free online courses and to try new things. Have an explore of the big course providers below:
Don’t overlook Twitter as a brilliant source of links, blogs, websites, quizzes and information. It is a fascinating source for enrichment and learning. Choose who you follow carefully and follow your passions.
Here are a couple of my favourites:
Open Culture @openculture The best FREE cultural & educational media on the web. Features free courses, movies, audio books, eBooks & thought-provoking daily posts.
I always find unusual, obscure and fascinating things I didn’t know on this website.
Brainpickings@brainpickings (also @brainpicker) from Maria Popover
Youtube Try these channels for awesome science:
Did you hear Alain de Botton at the Festival of Education? He gave a very interesting talk about the things we don’t educate young people in. Have a watch of the videos in his School of Life youtube channel. Thought-provoking and challenging!
If you are curious about Medicine and Science why not visit the Wellcome Collection in London. It’s free and fascinating. It also has plenty of information and research online plus an images collection here
If you are a Geography fan or just keen to improve your chances in the inter-house quizzes try these Geography Games
News – The Conversation Here’s what their website says about them:
‘The Conversation is a collaboration between editors and academics to provide informed news analysis and commentary that’s free to read and republish.’
10 Ways we are different
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Many thanks to the lovely keen parents who attended our talk in the Library this morning. We could talk for hours about reading for pleasure but it was really interesting to hear what works for you.
Here is our general philosophy on young people’s reading and some of the things we do to promote reading for pleasure:
What can you and your family do this summer holidays?
We welcome all your suggestions and got some great inspiration from the parents this morning!