Film Club – November – Captain America : Civil War

Alisha in S1 was utterly gripped by Captain America: Civil War in our Film Club on 6 November. A long film, so part 2 is on Monday 20 November (In-service on Monday13th)It will be worth the wait. Grab a bean bag, bring snacks and be ready for war!

Author Gill Arbuthnott Visits EA

Dracula Detectives – Fangs for the Fun!

Author Gill Arbuthnott will be in the library on Wednesday 15 November, to deliver three incredibly exciting and innovative science workshops to all of our S1 cohort. Pupils will discover who in their class is a vampire and, ultimately, who in their class is Dracula. We are all looking forward to fun, interactive sessions, which will use the scenario of an outbreak of vampirism in a village to demonstrate how infectious diseases spread, and how the source can be traced. Gill’s visit will link into our Science department’s Health Technology unit, which focuses on micro-organisms, medicines and diseases and also into our Library’s Germ Wars book talks and activities for S1. This visit will show our pupils how exciting, fascinating and rewarding science subjects can be and will also be a wonderful way to inspire them as readers. The workshops have been made possible by Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature scheme.

National Non-Fiction November

National Non-Fiction November

National Non-Fiction November is the Federation of Children’s Book Groups’ annual celebration of all things factual. The whole month now celebrates all those readers that have a passion for information and facts and attempts to bring non-fiction celebration in line with those of fiction.

We are celebrating #NNFN with displays of fabulous non-fiction books all month.

We shall also see the hugely anticipated visit of science writer Gill Arbuthnott to school on Wednesday 13 November.

S1 classes will be in the library for book talks all about ….science!

Staff are busy recommending their favourite non-fiction reads or recommending those non-fiction books they think others will enjoy. These posters are also on display in the library

Book Talks November 2017 – S2

Book Talks November 2017

World War 1 The Great War    1914 1918


Theresa Breslin: Remembrance

Scotland, 1915. A group of teenagers from two families meet for a picnic, but the war across the Channel is soon to tear them away from such youthful pleasures. All too soon, the horror of what is to become known as The Great War engulfs them, their friends and the whole village. From the horror of the trenches, to the devastating reality seen daily by those nursing the wounded, they struggle to survive – and nothing will ever be the same again.  A powerful and engrossing novel about love and war, from Carnegie Medal-winning author.

Paul Dowswell: Eleven Eleven

Set during the final 24 hours before the armistice at 11 a.m. on 11th November 1918, the story follows a German storm trooper, an American airman and a British Tommy. Their destinies converge during the death throes of the first ever conflict to spread across the globe. War becomes incredibly personal as nationality and geography cease to matter to each of these teenagers on the Western Front, and friendship becomes the defining aspect of their encounter. But who will live and who will die before the end of the day?


Tom Palmer: Over The Line

Powerful historical novel about one footballer’s experience in World War I, based on the little-known history of the Flanders Cup. It’s 1914 and Jack is making his debut as a pro footballer. But his first match is marred by a demonstration demanding that the teams sign up to do their duty in France. Word of the Footballer’s Battalion and a cup in Flanders provides a glimmer of hope that Jack can keep his dream of playing for England alive. But as the war drags on, Jack is thrown into a nightmare world he will be lucky to survive. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 10+

Comic Characters Club Meets Thor

Comic Characters Club meets Thor

Fun times at Comic Characters Club on 31 October.  Mr Clark brought his limited edition Thor  books into share. Lots of chat around these. All of which meant happy readers.

Novelties Book Club – November Book of the Month

Novelties Book Club – November Book of the Month

Novelties Book Club chose their book of the month: Wonder by RJ Palacio. Finn said he can’t put it down and Ivo said it is “brilliant”. Good choice, so make sure to grab a copy. Film outing coming up too.

Children of Icarus – Scottish Teenage Book Prize ’18

Children of Icarus – Scottish Teenage Book Prize – session 1 November

So much came out of the lively discussion of Children of Icarus with the girls in our Scottish Teenage Book Prize session. One thing was clear and that it is: the author Caighlan Smith “gets teenagers”.

Annie said that, if she was the main character, she would have written a letter to the Icarii, explaining why she took on Clara’s identity. The girls said “monsters, murder & madness” and it is ok if sometimes you are afraid/don’t know what to do.

The girls picked a passage in Children of Icarus as one that was v significant. The realisation for everyone that this was not the expected Utopia.

Film Club 3/11 – Captain America : Civil War

Film Club November 3

Captain America: Civil War

Following the events of the Age of Ultron, the governments of the world pass an act to regulate all superhuman activity. This leads to an epic battle. Iron Man or Captain America?

Our next Film Club is on Monday 3 November next week. In the library from 3.30pm.

All pupils are welcome to come along. Just bring snacks, grab a bean bag and be ready for war!

Nourish! Only Weeks Away!!

Nourish! Cook Book

We are only weeks away until our Book Week Scotland celebrations and our EA Cookbook launch: Nourish! Are you saving the date? Our project with @ElginAcHE is hotting up!

The recipes have been submitted & the stories behind them written. Now, time to test the recipes. There were delicious dishes and fragrant smells from our HE kitchens. All for Book Week Scotland soon.

Mr Thomas, from our SFL department gave us his recipe and his story for our Nourish! Cook Book and….Did our S3 chefs cut the chorizo the way Mr Clark in our English department does? Trying out his recipe for the EA Nourish! Cook Book.

Spooky Story Party – 31 October

All had Spooktacular fun at our Spooky Story Session at lunchtime on 31 October. This included the story Lizzie Borden’s Axe and our own True Tales of Terror….Halloween fun.

Our Spooky Story Session finished with…. dookin’ for apples…. of course Halloween capers.

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