Happy Holidays and Keep On Reading – End of Term 28 June 2019

Do like library assistants Kelly, Josh, Carrie and Cameron and bag yourself a #greatread.

SEVEN weeks holidays from Friday 28 June = lots of fabulous reading time. 📚💜😎🏖️🌞📚

Look who are happy on the last day: Mr Mone and Mr Thomson, our janitors and good pals to the library.

They are confiscating ID badges at #endofterm for new ones at the start of term.

They say: keep on reading in the hols! #teamEA

Choosing Comics 26 June 2019

Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize Judging Panel 26 June 2019

Our @royalsociety #YoungScientist panel met on Wednesday 26 June and pupils are bursting with ideas! So exciting 👩‍🔬👨‍ .

These include creating a link with primary schools and a visit next term. Ideas are fabulous and include trying experiments and sharing the books with others. Also, to create links with judging panels in Buckie High School and Keith Grammar Schools’ libraries.

Chair Louise & Vice-Chair Dea led the book discussion. Emma is a fan of scientist Katherine Johnson after reading Kid Scientists.

 

The next meeting is planned for Thursday 29 August.

Novelties Book Club – last meeting of term – 26 June 2019

The last Novelties Book Club of term was on Wednesday 26 June.

All about summer reads and choosing a logo for next term.

Some of them today wanted to chat about summer reading plans. Not be snapped by a pesky photographer! Brandon is planning The Extinction Trials books by SM Wilson & Rhys is a fan of CS Forester’s Horatio Hornblower series. Isobella is planning The Weight of a Thousand feathers by Brian Conaghan.

Bokos for the holidays are here!

 💜📚🌞Novelties Book Club pupils want opinions.

Designs for their new logo were pitched during their meeting on 26 June.

There were lots of lovely images to choose from and all designed by Isobella and Rhys in S5.

To illustrate the excitement, adventure & fun of books. Being part of book club too.

Tell us what you think.

Staff Book Group 25 June 2019

There was lots of chat on Tuesday 25 June during the Staff Book Group end of term lunch about June’s book of choice: Ordinary People by Diana Evans.

Books and summer holiday reading plans were shared too.

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Our two books for new term are:

Transcription by Kate Atkinson.

Love is Blind by William Boyd.

All in Staff Book Group were sad to say goodbye to Miss Bird in our Geography department.

Miss Bird leaves EA at the end of term.

However, we are looking forward to sharing book recommendations, as book pen pals 📚💜.

Farah – visitor – Refugee Week Project – 25 June 2019

We welcomed a remarkable young woman to the library and to school on Tuesday 25 June..

Farah is a refugee from Syria and living in Moray. She visited with her mum, Samira & spoke to two classes about the war, leaving her country & living in Scotland. Thsi visit concluded the @RefugeeWeek project with Mr Clark’ in teh English department’s S2 classes.

In the morning, she spoke to class 2.2 and in the afternoon, she met class 2.7.

Farah spoke about her family, about her experiences of the war in Syria and of how settled she feels in Moray. She answered lots of questions from class 2.7 & shared her story.

There was time to write the pupils’ names in Arabic too.

Thanks to Mr Ramzy and Monica from The Moray Council EAL Team for supporting this project.

New Reading Journal for August – 25 June 2019

A brand new reading journal for S2 pupils to use, during their library periods, will be good to go in August, for the new term.

These journals will link into the library book talk programme and will provide a more interactive learning and reading experience.

New S1 Distinction Diary for August – 25 June 2019

Comic Con 20 June 2019

Our first-ever Comic Con was on Thursday 20 June. This event was for our P7 pupils and their families, and for all in our school community. The library was the focus for the event, with the staffroom and conference room transformed into a cafe and Pop Up bookshop and a graphic art exhibition in the corridor on our green floor. Visitors began to arrive at 4.30pm  and continued until the event concluded at 6.30pm. There were many visitors and these included some very colourful ones, some famous ones and some unusual ones!

Activities on offer included face painting, a photo booth, Warhammer and Gaming tables, and the hugely popular Escape Room. It was called The Riddler’s Lair and was the brainchild of pupil library assistant Josh Hanover. He and his crew of Cameron Cruickshank and Tatiana Lasham ensured that all who queued for the Escape Room had a fabulous experience.

There was a colouring competition and a Marvel family quiz and winners Sam, Charlie and Kate, were announced by our MC for the evening, The Riddler. The winners were delighted with their prizes, which had kindly donated by Glasgow-based comic artists Metaphrog.

The family costume competition was very exciting and began with a parade on our catwalk. The Avengers family of Spiderman, Dr Strange, Captain Marvel and Ironspider, were all there. As were a variety of awesome superheroes and comic characters. The Riddler had a lot of thinking to do, before revealing his decision. The winners of our costume competition were new S1 parent Harley Quinn and her daughter, Violet Parr of the Incredibles. What an incredible effort for our Comic Con! Prizes for these winners were donated by Yeadon’s of Elgin.

Batman was very busy all evening, chatting to visitors and handing out prizes, before he zoomed off to the P7 parents’ evening in the hall.

For our Comic Con attendees, there was time for a rest, a read and a chat amongst friends, both in the library and in our themed cafe in the staffroom.  Miss Ainslie and her top team ensured a roaring trade with delicious refreshments and awesome Comic Con cupcakes.

This event was an epic event! There were happy faces as everyone left and sad ones too, that it was all over.

From the team behind our first-ever Comic Con – Mr Clark, Mrs Bodiam and Mrs Toonen – a huge thank you to all who visited and participated in the event.

Thanks to partners El-con, Waterstones Elgin and Yeadon’s of Elgin. A huge thank you to our school partners: our Art, Drama, Home Economics departments and to Mrs Forster in the English department and Miss Burrell, student History teacher.

See this news article:

Comic-Con hosted in Moray high school to promote reading to children arriving after the summer

 

 

Comic Con preps & decs 20 June 2019

The Pop Up Bookshop, our Cafe and the stairs to the library were all ready on time.

Comic Con? Bring it On! 🌟

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