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Literacy Day 14 February

Mrs Toonen headed to Cumbernauld on 14 February, to present on The Impact of the School Library on Attainment in Literacy.

It was great to share the work school librarians are doing to help our young people progress in a modern Scotland.

Comic Characters Club 13 February

Comic Characters Club 13 February

There was good discussion today in Comic Characters Club, about graphic novels & their perceived image in the media.

We also discussed a view that they only appeal to boys. Mia & Niamh are keen readers & regular reviewers….so hmm, really?

Excelsior Award books were shared too #backwithabang.

Book Blind Date for Valentine’s Day 2018

Book Blind Date

Elise, Lewis and Sarah all took a chance and tried our Book Blind Date and opted to check them out! Three of our S2s also enjoyed the Book Blind date display and all are delighted with their choices. We are looking forward to hearing all the juicy details about their books.

Rate your book: Hot, Not or Another Shot?

Let us know what you think!

S1 Book Talks February 2018

S1 Book Talks February 2018


When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

The story of Anna, who, with her brother, are rushed out of Germany in alarming secrecy, away from everything they know. Their father is wanted by the Nazis – dead or alive. This is a hugely relevant story, as much of our time, as it is of Hitler’s.

When people make wars, they make refugees.


NightJohn by Gary Paulsen

“What I got to trade for a lip of tobacco is letters. I knows letters. I’ll trade A. B. and C. for  lip of chew”.

When Nighjohn arrives on the Waller Plantation, Sarny, a 12 year old slave girl, is instantly fascinated. And when Nightjohn begins to teach her to read, she can’t wait to learn more. But in the brutal of a plantation in the 1850s, knowledge is forbidden to slaves and it soon becomes clear just how much Nighjohn’s letters could him.


Where The World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean

Every time a lad came fowling on the St Kilda stacs, he went home less of a boy and more of a man. If he went home at all, that is…

In the summer of 1727, a group of men and boys are put ashore on a remote sea stac to harvest birds for food. No one returns to collect them. Why? Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they have been abandoned to endure storms, starvation and terror. And how can they survive, housed in stone and imprisoned on every side by the ocean?

LGBTQI+ and LGBT History Month

LGBTQI+ and LGBT History Month

It was lovely to welcome Marc and the EA LGBTQI+Support Group on Wednesday 7 February to the library.  Working together to create a display and to raise awareness of LGBT History Month.

The new display created by EA LGBTQI+ Support Group is now standing proud. With books, of course. Featuring LGBT characters, or written by LGBT authors.

On display until the end of the month.

Novelties Book Club Meeting 7 Feb

Novelties Book Club Meeting 7 Feb

There was lots of chat about the Grampian Book Award shortlist and all the Novelties are opting to design posters of their favourite books. Beginning planning next week.

The Novelties spotted the new books display and each chose one they would like to read. Blurbs and initial opinions were shared. All decided that Vaughan ‘sold’ Consumed by Abbie Rushton with verve!

Mrs T will be away on 14 Feb, but pupils can begin to plan their posters!

Wrapping up for Book Blind Date 2018

Book Blind Date

Just in time for Valentine’s Day on 14 February, we have a new reading opportunity for our pupils – Blind Date with a Book. Pupils can choose a hand wrapped book, carefully curated from a wide range of popular genres that is tagged with intriguing clues alluding to the book inside.

This curated collection includes everything from mystery, romance, classics, horror, adventure, science fiction and a vibrant variety of young adult fiction. The books have been wrapped up and pupils won’t know which book they have checked out until they unwrap it.

The book might turn out or be a dud, or it could be the diamond in the rough they wouldn’t have given a chance otherwise. There’s no knowing until they check it out.

There are rate a date forms too, for pupils to review their choices.

In the library all week beginning 12 Feb!.


Nibbles and Bytes Cafe – Safer Internet Day 2018

Create & Connect: the Big Quiz for Safer Internet Day 2018

Tuesday 6 February was Safer Internet Day and was celebrated globally with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”. We joined more than a thousand organisations across the UK to help inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.

We want to be cyber savvy and cyber safe!

For SID2018, we held a lunchtime event: the Big Create & Connect Quiz.

Thumbs up? Or thumbs down? Our Create and Connect Quiz was all about social media and helping to ensure a safer Internet. Teams were in twos and threes and Miss Ainslie from the Home Economics department joined in too.

The great questions in our Create & Connect Quiz came from Mr Campbell, our ICT Technician. Big 👍to him!

There was a tie for first place: Miss Ainslie and the I Am A Sheep team. Big thanks to Elgin Academy Bridge Crew for the biscuits👍. All winners.

Comic Characters, Biscuits & Batman

Comic Characters, Biscuits & Batman

There was lively discussion – over biscuits – in Comic Characters Club on Tuesday 7 February.

Niamh has completed her first rating form for the Excelsior Award and all are looking forward to sharing opinions about Batman next week.

Harry Potter 18 – The Day

Harry Potter Book Night Party 2018

Thursday, 1 February saw our fourth Harry Potter event being celebrated in school, with the library transformed into Hogwarts Library.

Unleashing the Magic

We again unleashed the magic of JK Rowling’s books to our pupils, in an action-packed event. This year’s theme was Fantastic Beasts and our own professors organised some spellbinding and memorable activities.

The Sorting Hat Ceremony

We had queues from the library door down the stairs. All very keen to find out which house they were in. Professors Dumbledore & McGonagall were very busy with the Sorting Hat ceremony and pupils, dressed in their best Muggle attire, enjoyed fantastical activities and ghoulish surprises.

We met the Potters and some of our professors and our special guest, Hagrid arrived and loved his specially built hut. Professors Dumbledore and McGonagall declared themselves exhausted after everyone was sorted into their houses. It was time to get into Hogwarts Library. Good job, professors!

Slytherin Snakes, Hagrid and his Hut and Pottermore Shop

So many of our pupils and staff wanted to see the new students! The Slytherin snakes were in the care of Professor Gray and his assistant Ellie. Everybody wanted to meet Hagrid and take part in his Care of Magical Creatures class. Mrs Walker was much taken with the giant rock buns. Well, a giant needs lots to eat! Hagrid’s hut was filled with all of Hagrid’s favourite things, including a battered pink umbrella and giant rock cakes. The Pottermore Shop did a roaring trade in cakes and they were delicious!

What’s Hatching? What’s in the Bestiary? Breed Your Own Magical Beasts, Wizard Worksheets and On Guard!

Professor Boyd and her What’s Hatching class intrigued and engaged pupils, whilst Professor Laing demonstrated his On Guard! class.

There was quiet space for wizard worksheets too.

What’s in the Bestiary? Well, Professor Murray had lots of pupils keen to find out in her class and everyone had fun drawing and acting.

Breed Your Own Magical Beast and learning origami skills were a hit. All with Professor Mullen .

Big Beasts Quiz

Professor Clark asked if anyone wanted to participate in the Big Beast Quiz and there was a surge to the quiz tables! A lively time, a fun time and the Ravenclaw pupils were declared the winners👏


Thank you to all our staff & pupils for participating in & supporting our fourth Harry Potter Book Night party. Our favourite pic of the day: staff from our PE department heads down & determined to finish their wizard worksheets. What a brilliant time we had!

Our Harry Potter was huge! What an action-packed event. Big thanks go to our team of head wizards, including Mr Scott, Miss Ainslie, Miss Boyd, Miss Murray, Mr Campbell, Mr Clark, Mr Meisner, Mr Mullen and Mr Laing, for ensuring that the magic of JK Rowling’s books were passed on to everyone. We had a spellbinding and magical time.

A huge thank you to the Novelties Book Club and the library assistants, captained by Nathan, for all their hard work preparing for a magical Harry Potter Book event.

Thanks to all pupils who came along and joined in with another spellbinding event.  Huge thanks to our own professors and to the Art, Drama, Home Economics and PE departments – for all their hard work and time given to ensuring a fourth memorable Hogwarts extravaganza. A very big thank you to Mr Gray – and his snakes – an incredibly popular attraction, yet again

We enjoyed another magical and memorable Harry Potter Book Night event, which helped to pass on the magic of JK Rowling’s books yet again.

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