Author Visit

This term we have had the pleasure of hosting a local author called Sue Upton. Sue, who has written her first trilogy called Paper Boats and Butterflies, came into school and worked with a selection of Year 7, Year 8 and Afghan students for a morning on both sites of our school.

Our sessions included looking at the books, writing an opening to our very own story and we even made paper boats. Not to forget that some of the students were specially selected to join Sue in a question-and-answer session where we had the chance to ask Sue lots of questions about writing and her family life. 

Our students asked some lovely questions. 

Omair, ‘What is your favourite film?’

Kendra, ‘How hard is it to write a book?’

Liam, ‘How long did it take to write the books?’

Chloe C, ‘What inspired you to write the books?’

Evan, ‘Did you make mistakes?’

Sienna, ‘What made you want to write?

Chloe C, ‘Which one is your favourite?’

‘How many attempts did it take to get your book published?’

‘Do other people in your family write?’

‘Why was Z89 called Z89?’ 

Since the sessions with Sue we have had some lovely feedback from all of those involved. 

After the visit some of our students came to the library asking for the first book. One student even told me that she has all three books at home already.

Our students and teachers commented about the session.

It was great, we loved the opportunity to ask questions to an author as it's such an interesting profession. 

"It was really inspiring to meet such a good writer; a helpful experience" - Husna Narobi (Year 7)

"She is a very good writer and I loved meeting her, because I now understand writing as a job much better." - Farzana Safi (Year 11) 

"She was very very good. Her writing is very good and she had some good stories." - Jalil Amiri (Year 8) 

"She is a good, kind woman and I like learning about her job and I want to be a writer" - Asmah Sanger (Year 10) 

"She had a very good message in her book." - Khyber Safi (Year 10)

Our year 7 and 8 students commented that they enjoyed doing something different. They found the character development useful and they enjoyed the Q&A session. 

Year 7 and 8 South said that they all enjoyed the experience and would like to continue reading the books. Students said that they enjoyed their Q&A session and more of them would have liked to have been selected to attend. 

World Book Day 2022

Thursday March 3rd- Celebrating 25 Years 
There's lots planned for the day, including:
  • Story through the day 
  • Star Wars themed lunch available in the canteen
  • Quizzes and book menus available
  • WBD vouchers available from form tutors or Library. 
Competitions for all to enter on the World Book day website please follow the link and try to win some prizes for school and home. 
Win a world book day bundle
Enter a competition to win a world book day bundle here
How to make reading fun, a link for parents
3 Ways to Help Your Child Fall in Love With Reading- Create an unwavering and joyful connection to books with these tips- click here


Library News

Accelerated Reader is being used with our fantastic new year 7’s and our Year 8’s on both sites. We have decided to change the password for AR and all students should now be aware of this.

The school library will be open for students to access for break and lunchtimes and after school until 4pm when I am onsite. My timetable is on the doors of the library and will be made available on the Library Classrooms

Students login to AR and Home Connect (for parents) using their school email address and ABC

AR website- Students
AR Home connect- Parents/ Carers
Reading Cloud




Form Competition

This term we are having our AR Form Competition, whereby each form read and quiz to be in with the chance to win the end of term surprise. The winning form is the form with the most words read by the last week of term.


Champion Quizzer

Each time a student quizzes a book they have recently read and gets 85% or higher pass rate their name goes into the Champion Quizzer Competition. One lucky student from each site and year group will be selected at random to win a prize at the end of each term.

The more you read and quiz the more chances you have to win.


Competition Winners

Term 1 Winners are as follows:

Form Word Count Competition

North Year 7 - CDY with a staggering 3,983,958

North Year 8 - MMY with an amazing 2,206,644

South Year 7 - ABL with an outstanding 651,568

South Year 8 - UHA with a fantastic 1,224,500


Champion Quizzer’s

North Year 8 - Simon Li

South Year 8 - Isabel Jones

North Year 7 - Darcy Tofte

South Year 7 - Mia Strathern


Who will win in Term 2? ………………Come back at the end of the term to find out.



Post 16 students are holding a Year7/8 book club on a Monday Lunchtime from 8/11/21 in the library. Please email to book your place as they are limited.