Library News

CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016 - Winner announced Monday 20 July
June 17, 2016
By Dr K Pammenter, Librarian
A group of keen readers from year 7, 8 and 9 have been shadowing the Carnegie Medal for the past couple of months, reading all of the nominated books and reviewing them.

We are eagerly awaiting the live stream of the award ceremony!

Shadowing this award is a great experience and exposed us to books that we may not have delved into otherwise. I hope it has inspired our students to continue reading books that might be a little bit out of their comfort zones, a theme that we continue to drive forward at Chancellor’s with our ‘Read Around the Underground’ challenge.

To have a look at what we’ve been up to, and to read some our reviews, please visit: http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/shadowingsite/ and search for “Chancellor’s”.


Pizza Party!
May 12, 2016
By Dr K Pammenter, Librarian
Mr. Holleran’s year 8 English class celebrated their success yesterday with a pizza party in the library.

As the winning Accelerated Reader (AR) class, they earned this honour by every student in the class achieving their AR target in the Spring term.

There is a pizza party up for grabs every term and year 8 are leading the way so far by having the winning class each term this year. The competition is really heating up now (amongst the English Department at least!) for honours in the final term.


Book Award Shadowing
May 04, 2016
By Dr K Pammenter, Librarian
A group of our keenest readers from years 7, 8 and 9 are currently shadowing the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the Children’s Book Award.

They are endeavouring to read all of the books nominated for these awards, and to share their opinions of each book via book reviews posted online. Students involved in shadowing receive reward points for participation and will be able to watch the award ceremony for the Carnegie Medal live from the Library.

Shadowing gives us all an opportunity to move out of our reading comfort zone and experiment with genres and styles of writing. It’s a great crop of books this year and we have already read and formed strong opinions about many for the nominated titles.

We are busily reading and reviewing the following nominated titles:

Carnegie Medal nominated:Children’s Book Award nominated:
‘Fire Colour One’ by Jenny Valentine‘Apple and Rain’ by Sarah Crossan
‘One’ by Sarah Crossan‘Listen to the Moon’ by Michael Morpurgo
‘Ghosts of Heaven’ by Marcus Sedgwick‘Smart’ by Kim Slater
‘The Lie Tree’ by Frances Hardinge 
‘There Will Be Lies’ by Nick Lake 
‘The Rest of Us Just Live Here’ by Patrick Ness 
‘Lies We Tell Ourselves’ by Robin Talley 
‘Five Children on the Western Front’ by Kate Saunders 
To view our students progress please visit: http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/shadowing.php and search for ‘Chancellors’.


CILIP Carnegie Medal - Winner announced!
June 23, 2015
By Dr K Pammenter, Librarian
A group of keen readers from year 7 and 8 have been shadowing the Carnegie Medal for the past couple of months, reading all of the nominated books and reviewing them. Today we held a special event (with cake) to view the live stream of the winner being announced.

We held our own judging…and those of us who felt Buffalo Soldier was a worthy winner were supported by the official judges!

Shadowing this award has been a great experience and exposed us to books that we may not have delved into otherwise. I hope it has inspired our students to continue reading books that might be a little bit out of their comfort zones, a theme that we are taking forward with our Chancellor’s Summer Reading Challenge.

To have a look at what we’ve been up to, and to read some our reviews, please visit: www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/shadowingsite/ and search for “Chancellor’s”. Beware…some of our students are very harsh critics!

Congratulations Tanya Landman. A worthy winner!


CLIP Carnegie Medal Shadowing Group
May 14, 2015
By Dr K Pammenter, Librarian
This year a group of our keenest readers are shadowing the CLIP Carnegie Medal. Students read and review the shortlisted books and keep our shadowing website updated.

On ‘judgement day’, 22nd June, the group will gather in the library for a party to celebrate their hard work and to watch the announcement of the winning book live.

Visit the CLIP Carnegie Shadowing website, click on ‘reading groups’ and search for our group ‘Shadow Chancellor’s’ to see our book reviews, opinion polls and latest blogs.

http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/shadowingsite/


Quizzing for Nepal
April 28, 2015
By Dr K Pammenter, Librarian
This Friday, 1st May, we are participating in 'Quizzing for Nepal', a fundraising event organised by Renaissance Place (who run Accelerated Reader).

They are pledging £1000 to the Nepal earthquake relief effort, and are aiming to have schools contribute by helping them to reach their target of 100,000 AR book quizzes done nationwide on Friday.

Our year 7 and 8 students participated by completing a total of 74 qualifying quizzes in a day! To count towards the goal, quizzes had to be passed (minimum score 85%), and of the correct book level for student undertaking the quiz. The greatest class contribution came from 7W who completed 19 qualifying quizzes on the day.

As a bonus, by participating, we are in the draw to win £1000 worth of books for our school.

Students received reward points for contributing and we even managed to raise a bit of money for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal. Well done and thank you to all who participated.


World Book Night
April 23, 2015
By Dr K Pammenter, Librarian
Tonight is World Book Night! Volunteers hand books out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read regularly or own books.

World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers to help give them an equal chance in life. Share the love! Share a book tonight!

To find out more about World Book Night visit:

http://www.worldbooknight.org/


David Almond and Annabel Pitcher LIVE!
April 23, 2015
By Dr K Pammenter, Librarian
We hosted a live webcast event in the library today in celebration of World Book Night.
Ms. Bozwood-Davies arranged for some of our gifted and talented year 7 students to watch a live broadcast with children’s authors David Almond and Annabel Pitcher.

There was an opportunity beforehand for participating schools to submit questions for the authors, to be answered during the interview. It was fantastic to hear about the processes and inspirations different authors use in their writing.

Follow the link to watch a replay of this event.

http://www.childrensauthorslive.com/


Library: End of Term Results
April 02, 2015
By Dr K Pammenter, Librarian
Year 7 and 8 have had a spectacular term 2 in the library. With the introduction of reading journals we have seen a huge increase in the number of students achieving their Accelerated Reader point targets.

Lots of rewards points and quite a few Easter eggs later, we are looking forward to even greater success in term 3! Congratulations to Year 8, Set 1 who topped the board with the most students achieving their targets! They were very closely followed by 7A, 7B and 7H, so will need to keep working hard in term 3 to win again!

League Table of Class Target Achievement for Accelerated Reader

PositionYear 7Year 8
1st7A8E1/En1
2nd7B - 7H8E2/En2
3rd7W8E3/En3
 7M8E1/En3
 7S8E2/En4 - 8E3/En2
  8E3/En4


Solar Eclipse 2015
March 24, 2015
By Miss K Rockliffe, Librarian
We attempted to watch the Solar Eclipse but seems other parts of the Country & Europe had better luck!


World Book Day
February 25, 2015
By Dr K Pammenter, Librarian
Thursday 5th March is World Book Day. At Chancellor’s, we will be running a ‘book swap’ event.

Students will be able to bring in unwanted books from home to swap in our ‘Swap Shop’ at lunch time. Students can bring books in after half term to exchange for a ticket to use on the 5th at the Swap Shop.

See the World Book Day site to get the low down on all of this year’s national events. You could join in with ‘Teenfest’, online, on 4th and 5th March, 6-8pm. See http://teenfest.worldbookday.com/ for more information.

Every student will receive a £1 book token that is valid from 2nd – 29th March. Tokens can be swapped at participating retailers for a £1 World Book Day book, or used to get £1 off any book worth £2.99 or more. For more information about World Book Day, please see: http://worldbookday.com/


Valentine's Day
February 09, 2015
By Dr K Pammenter. Librarian
We had a bit of fun last week, challenging book club students to design a heart made from books for our Valentine’s Day display.

I think they did quite well!


Red House Children’s Book Award Shadowing Event
February 08, 2015
By Dr K Pammenter, Librarian

On 26th January, a small group of book club students attended an award shadowing event at Beaumonts School in St. Albans. To be eligible to attend, students needed to read the three books up for the Red House Book Award and be able to discuss the merits of each book as part of a group.

Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman

http://www.malorieblackman.co.uk/index.php/noble-conflict-2/
Split Second by Sophie McKenzie

http://www.sophiemckenziebooks.com/product/split-second
Prince of the Ice Mark by Stuart Hill

http://www.stuarthillonline.com/books.html

Shadowing book awards such as Red House, provides a great opportunity for us to read out of our comfort zones and to analyse books based on a range of criteria.

For more information about the Red House Book Award see: http://www.redhousechildrensbookaward.co.uk