Novelties Book Club – Dec 17

Novelties Book Club pupils were busy during their session on 6 December, sharing Grampian Book Award books and chatting about how to create a Kindness Galaxy for our book of the month: Wonder by RJ Palacio .

East End P7 Visit for Transition Fun December 2017

East End P7 Visit for Transition Fun December 2017

What a brilliant time was had, by our sea of blue East Enders, on Wednesday 6 December.

The P7s loved the poems, the books, the bean bags and especially the graphic novel collection. The boys said “we have struck gold”…Yaay! The girls loved Ms Marvel.  A hugely enjoyable visit from East End Primary. Lots of transition fun.

Comic Characters Club – 5th of Dec Meeting

Comic Characters Club 5 Dec

Great work in Comic Characters Club today. Christmas Wish lists were discussed: Mia is asking for Injustice Gods Amongst Us Season 1; Niamh would like the Daredevil series, Alexander would love The Defenders & Mr Clark would like the new Defenders series by Michael Bendis. Thanks Santa .

Christmas Chaos in the Our Library

Christmas Chaos

Our junior library assistants have enjoyed getting everyone into the Christmas spirit and they had a great time decorating the library.

Have a peek at our displays: Reading Lights Up Your Mind and Season’s Readings.

We also have lots of tables groaning with festive reads.

Giggling in the library? Kai wanted to share the jokes with everyone and quite right too 📚.  Everyone was giggling as he read out loud from Funny Poems for Christmas. lots of smiles and a very happy reader.

Leila – S1 Book Talks

Meet Leila

Meet Leila, in S6, who will be helping to deliver December’s S1 book talks.  All about The Maze Runner by James Dashner. She has worked hard and her presentation looks fabulous. Teacher in the making. S1s are in for a treat, for sure.

S2 Book Talks + Dec 17 Award Winner

S2 Book talks December: Award Winners are winners for our pupils

S2 book talks began on Monday 4 December – on Award Winners – and are proving to be a winning one for our pupils. Emilia and Claire bagged one each.

One of the award-winning books discussed in the S2 book talks. Resulted in… lots of borrowing of Black Cairn Point by Claire McFall. Weronika, Morgan, Natalie & Jake all borrowed a copy.

We enjoyed fabulous chat with S2 pupils about Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Empathy, real-life and lots of requests for copies! Hearing pupils say “definitely want to read” is music to our ears.

Fraser is looking forward to reading Carnegie Medal winning Salt to the Sea by and Owen wants to read Scottish Teenage Book Prize winning Black Cairn Point by Claire McFall. Happy readers!

The author Ruta Sepetys got in touch with us to say:

Thank you for discussing the book and sharing the feedback with me! You inspire me to continue writing.

How awesome is that!

S1 Winning Menus

Prizes for our S1  Book Week Scotland challenge: Louise won the Design a Menu for a Book Character with her choices for Willy Wonka & Ebony scooped 2nd prize with her Milky Menu for The Cat in the Hat. Third place went to Ivo for his daring menu for Anthony Lockwood .

S1 Book Character Menus for Book Week Scotland

We had a fantastic selection of S1 menus entered into our our Book Week Scotland challenge and Mrs Grant had a very difficult task choosing a winner.  The quality of menus was fantastic. Well done, all S1 pupils.

Winner Louise Orr  – Her menu for Willy Wonka includes sugary and sweet chocolate- stuffed pheasant, with honey-glazed carrot sticks and popping-candy filled sherbert sprouts.

Second Place Ebony Roger – with her Milky Menu for The Cat in The Hat. It includes Dreamy Fish Cheesy Pasta, a salmon and crispy mousse and a Kitty Cat Shake.

Third Place Ivo Hoskins  – with his menu for Anthony Lockwood of Lockwood & Co. His tasty delights include lightly salted hand cut chips with lashings of extra mature cheddar, served with a crispy mango and chutney salad.

Because it was so difficult for Mrs Grant to choose, we also have three Highly Commended menus:

Mad Hatter’s Menu by Brooke Lewis

Marmalade Zest Menu for Paddington by Cameron McPhail

Katniss’s Killer Bites for Katniss Everdeen by Jenny Dunbar.

Inter-House Book Quiz 2017 – BWS

The Battle of the Books Inter-House Quiz Friday 1 December for Book Week Scotland

Joe in S2 declared our final event of Book Week Scotland open. Very rousing it was too, on his perfect pipes!

Mr McWhirter and our team of scorers were ready for the fun to begin in our Inter-House Quick-Fire Quiz. Six rounds and a lot of fun.

There was lots of discussion, chat, teacakes, shortbread and concentration at the team tables during our Inter-House Book Quiz. The Staff Team of Fiction Addiction took an early lead in the Book Quiz, but…..the Quiz Master deducted points! Too slow handing in their answers. What a brilliant performance from Captain Mrs Forster & her team of Miss Bird, Mr Clark and Mrs Stewart.

In the end….

Extra points, deducted points & two tie-breakers! before Seafield team was declared winners. Well done House Leader Maria and her team of Jolie, Ethan, Jennifer, James & Katie. Top Team lead by senior student Katie!

Ghillie Basan – Book Week Scotland

Ghillie Basan The ‘Original Spice Girl’

Thursday 30 November at Elgin High School

Our S3 HE pupils, with Miss Ainslie and Mrs Toonen, enjoyed a fabulous opportunity to meet writer, broadcaster & food expert Ghillie Basan. We were all gripped by Ghillie, in an exciting workshop, preceded by her stories of her travels, which were wonderful to hear.

Two Elgin schools were Twice as Nice as Spice and we all learned lots and had a good time too. The spices were glorious!

Thanks to Ghillie Basan and to our hosts, Elgin High School Library and librarian, Mrs McLean.

Our joint project with Elgin High School Library, Home Economics department and our own Home Economics department was made possible by Book Week Scotland funding. Thank you to BWS.

Reading Lunch – Book Week Scotland

St Andrew’s Day Reading Lunch for Book Week Scotland

Everyone in school was encouraged to bring a book and enjoy a Book Feast in the Library at lunchtime and, for a special treat, to try our Food in Fiction Samples. Made by Novelties Book Club

These had offerings from Alice in Wonderland, Percy Jackson, How I Live Now & The Second Breakfast. The centrepiece of our Food in Fiction was Matilda’s cake. Made by Mrs Forster for our Reading Lunch today and looked amazing!

Novelties Book Club pupils were brilliant! They explained the books on our Food in Fiction tables to pupils and staff during our Reading Lunch today. Their snacks were appreciated too.

There was lots of chat around our Food in Fiction tables and Mrs Forster’s Matilda cake was a feat of edible engineering! V delicious too.

Our Reading Lunch was also for those pupils and staff who… wanted to escape into a book with their lunch. Everyone enjoyed our St Andrew’s day event and want it repeated!

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