Empathy Day

We enjoyed Empathy Day on Tuesday 13 June and, as always, we celebrated the power of stories. The staff shared their Read for Empathy book recommendations

The lunchtime choice was Smart by Kim Slater. Kieran is amazing & wait until you read about his determination to uncover the truth.

At lunchtime, the Comic Characters Club chatted about a Manga book which they recommended for Empathy Day. The character searches for recognition and the girls said this is a great read.

Carrie in Comic Characters Club drew Marceline: fun-loving, floating, undead vampire, who is reliable, happy & wants fun & friend and a great choice for Empathy Day.

This was our favourite picture of the day: enjoying quiet reading time. Pic of Liam

A Bear Called Paddington

A Bear Called Paddington

The film Paddington was shown in the library after school and as part of our Big Summer Reading Event, the Bookathon, on Wednesday 7 June.  Adapted from Michael Bond’s books, Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a polite young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British, who travels to London in search of a home. Lots of Paddington fans turned up, ready to enjoy the comic mayhem. They sat in the fort, around the fort and in front of the fort. The icing on the cake came from Isobella. She made some fantastic cakes for all to enjoy.

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.

P7 Designs to Art Department

Big Decisions – Primary 7 Book Designs to be Judged

Mrs Toonen visited the Art department to hand over the P7 book designs for judging. Mrs Lee is consulting with Lauren & Eilidh. Very difficult decisions ahead.

There will be a prize for a pupils from each primary school and one overall winner.

SLG Scotland

SLG Scotland and SLA Scotland Meeting Friday 2 June – Glasgow

The library was closed on 2 June as Mrs Toonen was in Glasgow for a School Libraries Group Scotland Committee meeting, followed by a networking event with other librarians and The School Library Association Scotland.

The meeting was held in Waterstones Glasgow, who provided fantastic hospitality and very comfortable accommodation. Lovely pictures of Glasgow around too!


There was lots of sharing of good practice, ideas and meeting school librarian and the chatting continued too after the official event was over.

St Sylvester’s – May ’17

St Sylvester’s P7 Visit 1 June

We enjoyed a star visit from visiting St Sylvesters P7s. They showed great enthusiasm in their book talks and for our books too! Very happy readers indeed.

The photos of our events and activities were of huge interest to the P7 pupils. As were our photo stories, which are on display.

Skye is a Manga fan & said she can’t wait to come to Elgin Academy to read our Manga collection. She designed a fabulous cover for her own favourite Manga book.

We snapped a brilliant photo of two delighted happy readers on our reading throne. Harry Potter in Polish for Karolina & Spooks for Claudia.

This was the final visit form our ASG primary schools and a hugely successful one.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in S1 in August.


Welcome to New Seniors and Farewell to Leavers

Leavers May 2017

Our S6s have started to come in with their leavers’ forms. It is that time already!

Ryan, Rory and Saskia are three of our leavers who came in to say Bye and get their leavers’ forms signed.

Don’t they look happy?


Adieu to one of Our Paired Readers

One of our amazing paired readers, Kayleigh, came in to say Good Bye.  We got to see a pic of her dress for Leavers’ Ball👍 She has been a fantastic paired reader this year and a great role model for our younger readers.

All the best Kayleigh for Dundee University.

Welcome New Seniors Monday 5 June

We welcomed our new senior students and are especially looking forward to seeing our new S6 study pupils.

Our reading throne is always popular and the new Higher Photography students were keen to snap it this morning for a task about chairs. Naturally.

We also welcomed Serena  from Milne’s High School who will be studying Advanced Higher  French at EA. Mrs Toonen enjoyed a good chat with Serena about possible Advanced Higher English dissertation topics and Serena is interested in blindness as a theme.

Shoaib is one of our new S6 study pupils and he popped in to say Hi & ask how the library’s been doing & what the plans are. Our reply: Busy Always


Star in a Comic Competition

Comic Characters Club and Phoenix Magazine Superstar Competition 30 May

Comic Characters Club today were very busy and very creative. Chocolate definitely They were  against the clock for the Phoenix Magazine Star in a Comic Competition deadline, which is 31 May! Is the world ready for Agnes the Scraggan & her sidekick Alex the Seagull?

Seafield P7s in EA – 25/05/2017

Seafield Primary 7 Visit 25 May 2017

Pupils enjoyed the good life in our library during their visit: they were engrossed in books, with the sun streaming in. The boys enjoyed our photo stories & the girls liked the photos of our Alice in Literary Land, Alice in Numberland and our Mad Hatters Tea Party big event. Aimee & Gracie are huge Alice in Wonderland fans.

Paige told us about her book, called A Dutch Adventure. Mrs T told her joke about the cheese made backwards (Edam). Maybe best for  her to stick to being a librarian


Bookathon – Final Preparations

The Bookathon Is Coming To Elgin Academy SOOOONNN!!!!

Happy times in Novelties Book Club this week as plans and preparations hotted up.

These include building a book fort. EEK!  Lots of challenges & prizes are planned and lots of un too in this Big Summer Reading Event😄

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