Bookathon – The Day!

Were we ready for our Big Summer Reading Event? The Bookathon began after Registration and went  on all day 📖😂🎈🎉. We thought this quote was very apt on the day of our Bookathon : “I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.”  ― Orhan Pamuk, The New Life.

Book Fort and Missing Friends

The major attraction in the library was undoubtedly the Book Fort!  Designed and created by our amazing library assistants and Book Fort builders. We are so proud of Alex, Joshua and Jennifer and Morgan too, our newest library assistant. The best crew. But, we really missed Charlotte, one of our Novelties Book Club girls & major planner, who was not able to be in school or be part of the Bookathon. We all sent her lots of best wishes and to get better soon. Her mum replied: “Thank you so much, you’ve made her day while stuck in hospital! She’s so disappointed as been looking forward to this for months! Charlotte herself got in touch from hospital: “Sorry to have missed it but I’m reading along here ❤️ thanks this put a smile on my face.”

Our message of the day was: Reading is FUN-DAMENTAL.

Our #Bookathon got off to a flying start and all agreed it was the best place to be on what was a wet, wild and windy day. There was lots of reading on beanbags and in our fort too.  Mrs Forster enjoyed her book The Smell of Other People’s Houses by by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (some Haribos too) and a little time out for some quiet reading.  Mrs Havinden battled the floods to make it to school & enjoyed reading Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood. The window was for the boys’ bean bags and books. Urquhart, Jamie, Ellis and Jonathan were immersed in their reading.  Chloe stretched out and made herself at home in our Book Fort. It was great to see our staff supporting the Bookathon. Ms Tiddy read Three Men in a Boat whilst Mrs Stewart had a copy of Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.

We did a quick survey as we headed towards lunchtime: Isobellla is a huge Cassandra Clare fan, Jennifer loves Vampire Diaries & Morgan is a fan of Percy Jackson.

During period 4, before lunchtime, we welcomed a National 5 History class and teacher Mrs Strachan to the Bookathon. They chose a book from a big selection all about World War One and settled back for some quiet reading time.  Daniel was engrossed in The Last Soldier by Keith Gray.

Lunchtime Challenges

Lunchtime challenges were a huge hit & chaos reigned! Novelties Book Club led sessions: short stories, book descriptions & a wordball fight. Patrick won the book description & Urquhart & Jonathan won the short story competition. Thanks to Browns Books For Students for the fabulous prizes.

Afternoon Reading

The afternoon saw a bunch of new readers. Some serious stuff they are reading too! Well done Jolie, Rhys & Moray..


On June7 1967: Fifty years ago, American writer and wit Dorothy Parker died at the age of 73. Mrs Toonen is a big fan of Dorothy Parker and one of Dorothy’s books would make ideal Bookathon reading: “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity”.

Nathan joined the Bookathon during the last period of the day and enjoyed reading a biography of Jamie Vardy. Smiles because Mrs Toonen asked: “Who?” The answer: Leicester City footballer. We are always learning something new!

As the Bookathon ended, all were very enthusiastic about our Big Summer Reading event: “It was a fantastic day & fun & a good way to have even more reading time & can we do it again?” Jennifer & Morgan.


The Icing on the Cake of a Day

The Bookathon ended, but the fun didn’t. Many stayed on and others joined them for the Film Club and Paddington. The icing on the cake of a day came from Isobella and her fantastic cakes. Made for all to share. Thank you Isobella and what a fantastic fun-damental day we all enjoyed.