Mental Health Ambassadors in partnership with NHS Mental Health Team & Moray Wellbeing Hub 22 March 2019

The session on Friday 22 March with our @MindsMoray Mental Health Ambassadors was spent working with our partners Amy and Clair from the NHS Mental Health team and with Heidi Moxie from Moray Wellbeing Hub.

All about Mental Health Awareness and creating resources and strategies.

#connecting #collaborating #sharing

Banner, Bags, Badges, Lanyards and Moray Minds Mental Health Ambassadors 22 March 2019

The banner, the bags, the badges and the lanyards have arrived!

Our @MindsMoray Mental Health Ambassadors are very happy with them 👏The bags will be filled with takeaway resources and be given to all Ambassadors from all 8 schools during the Nicola Morgan events on 26 March during the East Moray event and on 27 March during the west Moray event.

World Poetry Day 21 March 2019

On the library desk, for World Poetry Day on 21 March, resplendent beside the tulips, was…

Poems To Live Your Life By by Chris Riddell.

Pupils were invited to peek inside this gorgeous poetry anthology, chosen and illustrated by Chris Riddell The poems were shared from this beautifully illustrated selection, on World Poetry Day.

Something Rhymed by Scottish Makar Jackie Kay.

Freedom by Olive Runner.

On the library desk for World Poetry Day.

Novelties Book Club Art 20 March 2019

It was a very busy Novelties Book Club meeting on Wednesday 20 March.

Finishing posters for the @GCBA competition and Isobella’s art work on The Extinction Trials by SM Wilson ensured big WOWS! from everyone.

Rhys was busy creating a beauty with his interpretation of The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr.

Novelties Book Club and The Carnegie Medal Shortlist 20 March 2019

Chufters!  Sharing @CILIPCKG shortlist with Novelties Book Club on Wednesday 20 March and Isla was delighted to see Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds there. Natalie read a little of A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge to us. All gave the shortlist 👏

View the 2019 shortlist here:


There are a couple of books we don’t have & need to get asap!

Bruce Recommends a Great Read 20 March 2019

William Sutcliffe Visit 28 March 2019

We are very excited about welcoming bestselling author William Sutcliffe to school on Thursday, 28 March, when he will be working with four S3 classes in the library.

William is the author of 10 novels and his books have been translated into 26 languages. His latest book, which will be the main focus of his visit, is We See Everything. This is a gripping and powerfully relevant book and was nominated for The Carnegie Medal Longlist 2019.

Some of our pupils met William last summer during the Library trip to the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Such was the impact he had, that they asked him then to visit Elgin Academy. We are delighted that he has accepted the invitation and are looking forward to this visit. Books are for sale, courtesy of Yeadon’s Bookshop in Elgin and will be signed by William. These author sessions are supported by Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Fund.

Moray Minds Mental Health Ambassadors: Nicola Morgan Event 27 March 2019

Our S3 Moray Minds Mental Health Ambassadors will reap the rewards of their hard work on 27 March, when Nicola Morgan headlines the main event for their project. Our keynote speaker has a rich knowledge of and understanding of stress, anxiety and other Mental Wellbeing issues for young people, along with a wealth of strategies to address them. Moray School Librarians, together with school delivery teams and partners from NHS Grampian and Moray Council Engagement Team, have developed a project which will continue to improve support for young people in Moray, by giving access to resources and strategies around managing stress and anxiety.

Mrs Munn, librarian at Forres Academy and Milnes High School dropped the Moray Minds lanyards off on 19 March and Josh and Hannah were first to try them on.

On Wednesday 27 March, the Moray West Event will be held at Elgin Academy between 10am and 12noon and will involve staff, pupils and parents from four secondary schools.  We look forward to welcoming them to EA. This project has created opportunities for our young people to develop as Mental Health Ambassadors and our S3 pupils have had the opportunity to exercise leadership and creativity in raising awareness of Mental Wellbeing issues with their peers. They are looking forward to continuing their work and to developing their understanding of Mental Wellbeing issues and to sharing effective strategies with our school community.

Each school will benefit from a take away resource pack for their respective flourish areas, compiled by the NHS Grampian Mental Health Team.  In addition, Moray School Librarians will provide a ‘virtual toolbox’ of shared electronic resources to assist the Mental Health Ambassadors spread their wellbeing message.  It is hoped the project will leave a legacy of resources and informed individuals who can then pass the baton to like-minded peers for future expansion of the project.  Follow the journey on Twitter @MorayMinds

Comic Characters Club and The Two Captains Marvel 19 March 2019

S6 Paired Readers on Film 18-22 March 2019

Our S6s have only weeks left before they leave school, so the week beginning 18 March was the time to talk to them about their experiences of paired reading. And, film them giving their hints & recommendations for new S6 next session. All filmed by Josh Hanover in S3.

Monday began with Gabe, Tarmo and Emily and filmed by Josh in S3. Tuesday saw more chatting to and filming with our S6 paired readers. Bethan & Sophie talked about reading with two pupils at once and gave tips for next session’s S6 cohort. They also shared ways in which their own reading has improved. Bonus!

Then it was time for reading with Jake, Jack & Alyssa 📚

Filming will be all week and on Thursday 28 March, there will be a small tea party to say thank you to our S6s for all their hard work, time and commitment to paired reading during 2018 – 219.

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