Great Graphic Work from the Scottish Teenage Book Prize Group 17 January 2020

Kiko & Jamie sit in their flat in California. It is Kiko’s birthday & they order pizza…  From Kelly & Irena in the S3 Scottish Teenage Book Prize group and from Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman, which is one of the shortlisted books.

Kelly & Irena in S3 are the creators of this fantastic graphic adaptation of their favourite scene in Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman 🌟🌟.


Chloe & Eva created their work digitally and is from One Shot by Tanya Landman:

On train & just been treated kindly by a stranger; running through the woods to the train; running away from the house.

Great graphic adaptation of scenes #Digitallearning 👏📚🖥️📲.

First Minister’s Reading Challenge Group Passport – Class 1.7 – 17 January 2020

Who wouldn’t like a passport like this?

Lyla, Torrie, Niamh & Caitlin are interviewing classmates in class 1.7 about the books they are reading. All to be displayed on this lovely Group Reading Passport @FMReadChallenge



Celebrate the Life and Works of our National Poet Robert Burns on 24 January 2020

All in school are invited to celebrate the life and works of our national poet Robert Burns, on Friday 24 January, during our Burns Picnic.

Pupils and staff are invited to the library at interval to:

  • Read poems and view the art work on display. Created by Class 1.6 and Mr Clark in the English department.

  • Try the Fun with Burns Challenges and see if you can win a prize.

  • Taste and enjoy the Irn-Bru & Shortbread.

Meet our guest, The Bard of Morriston Road and enjoy watching him Address the Picnic.  Who? Come along and Find out who!

Celebrate Burns and Have Fun.

All happening on Friday 24 January, in the Library. All welcome.



The Excelsior Award 2020 has landed🌟 14 January 2020

The @ExcelsiorAward  2020 has landed🌟 and we are excited about shadowing the Blue Shortlist.

The Excelsior Award is the only nationwide book award for graphic novels and manga – where kids aged 11-18 decide the winner by rating each book as they read it! Twenty graphic novels are selected for the four age-appropriate shortlists and it now attracts over two hundred schools and public libraries from all over the UK and Ireland!

The overall goal of this scheme is to encourage reading amongst teenagers. However, its secondary target is to raise the profile of graphic novels and manga amongst school librarians and teachers. This storytelling medium has been a largely underused resource within education for many years.

The Excelsior Award attempts to highlight some of the amazing books that are out there – books that fully deserve to be in our school libraries alongside regular fiction!



Novelties Book Club and Harry Potter 15 January 2020

Novelties Book Club reviewed their latest reads on the Grampian Children’s Book Award shortlist during their meeting on 15 January. Pupils had lots on the agenda, but the highlight was the chat about our annual Harry Potter Book Party in 3 weeks time.

Kate and Grace will help Professor Snape with the Slytherin snakes. Yes, our VIPs will be back as the star attractions.

Lots of magic & fun ahead.

We all LOVED Michael’s quiz for the TriWizard Challenge 🌟.

He shared the quiz with fellow Novelties Book Clubbers and all were very impressed! The scroll on the presentation is wonderful. Well done Michael.

Each House will have 20 seconds to answer Quizmaster Michael. A timer is included 👏.

Everyone is looking forward to the event.


Staff Book Group 14 January 2020

There were two books for discussion in January’s Staff Book Group: Maggie & Me by Damian  Barr.

and Maigret and the Loner by Georges Simenon.

Plus, reviews were shared of Secret Santa books and holiday reading

Ask staff about their books 📚💜.


 Next month, the book of choice is My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.


Harry Potter Book Party is Coming soon. Plans Begin 13 January 2020

You’re a Wizard, Harry.

It’s time to Dust off the Wands and get ready for Harry Potter Fun!

Wednesday 5 February is to be our Magical Harry Potter annual book party and this year’s theme is The Triwizard Tournament .

We again hope to unleash the magic of JK Rowling’s books to our pupils, in an action-packed event.

All witches, wizards and Muggles are invited to take part in our tournament, competing in enchanting games, making magical crafts and testing your skills in an array of activities.

Professor McGonagall and pupils in the HE department will have tasty treats on offer and all are invited to see the VIP Slytherin Snakes, courtesy of Professor Snape in the Chemistry department. You can try new classes with Professor Hooch from the P.E. department and Professor Grubbly-Plank from the Languages department.

There will be a Triwizard Quiz, as well as fantastical activities and ghoulish surprises!

Professors Philips & Jappy in the P.E. department can’t wait!

The Sorting Hat ceremony will be performed by our head teacher Professor Dumbledore and you can meet Harry himself too.

Save the date: 5 February!

All pupils are invited to join in with the fun and are guaranteed a wizarding welcome.


Mental Health Ambassadors and Children’s Mental Health Week plans January 2020

Thursday lunchtimes during January are all about working with staff and our Mental Health Ambassadors, to plan library events & activities for Children’s Mental Health Week in Febraury.

We plan to have a Mental Health Day on 12 February.

Pupils will use money raised by last year’s Moray Minds Mental Health Ambassadors to plan the new Calm Room in the library, which will be opened on 12 February.

S1 Book Talks Classics – classes – 6 -10 January 2020

S1 pupils began the New Year with classic novels during their book talks. All during the week 6 January.

Swallows and Amazons, Anne of Green Gables, Little Women and the new graphic novel of To Kill a Mockingbird are all part of our S1 book talks for January.

The first S1 book talk of 2020 was with class 1.6 and included chat about: “What is a classic?”

Also, a question for the boys in the class: “Is Little Women only for girls?”

They answered: “No.” 😄.

There were two S1 classes on the morning of Wednesday 8 January for this new book talk on classics. There was a good chat about TV and film adaptations of books, even… when the book was written over 200 years ago. Ellie in class 1.5 is looking forward to reading Little Women.


Two S1 groups on Friday 10 January for the final two book talks of January. There was Big 👍 from pupils and much discussion about Little Women and Amy’s Valley of Humiliation.

Chat about ‘Anne with an E’ media adaptation v the original Anne of Green Gables. The book is the best. Of course.

Well done classes 1.2 & 1.7.




Scottish Teenage Book Prize Pupils 9 January 2020

Our Scottish Teenage Book Prize pupils were busy during the first session of the new term on Thursday 9 January, finishing graphic work on favourite scenes from the shortlisted books.

Next, is planning film trailers, which will be shared at an S3 assembly.

Film! Camera! Action! 📽️📚😀.



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