Thursday, 22 March 2018

The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition 2018

The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition 2018  is an annual competition for young people, which runs alongside The Branford Boase Award for new authors of a children's book and their editors.  

Open to any young writers under the age of 19, entrants must complete a story begun by last year’s winner of the Branford Boase Award, M G Leonard for Beetle Boy.

The story should be between 800 and 1000 words long and the closing date is Saturday, 21st April 2018.  For more information and to find M G Leonard's starting paragraph visit The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition 2018 - rules etc.

The Branford Boase Award long list includes The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr and A Girl Called Owl by Amy Wilson, both of which are available to borrow from the Discovery and War Memorial Libraries.  The shortlist is announced on 2nd May and the winner in July 2018.

Friday, 16 March 2018

CILIP's Carnegie Medal shortlist 2018 announced

CILIP's Carnegie Medal is awarded each year for an outstanding book for children and young people.

The 2018 shortlisted books are:
  • Rook by Anthony McGowan

The shortlist includes previous winners Patrick Ness and Geraldine McCaughrean, alongside previous shortlisted authors such as Anthony McGowan, Lauren Wolk and Marcus SedgwickAngie Thomas's debut novel The Hate U Give is a powerful story inspired by the Black Lives Matter campaign,  about prejudice, inequality, police violence and one girl's quest for justice.  There are

To find out more about the books and their authors, go to the Carnegie Shortlist web page and click on the book that you are interested in reading.

Happy reading!

Sunday, 11 March 2018

World Book Day 2018 celebrations

This year's TRS and Eden Park High School World Book Day celebrations took place on Thursday 8th March, with staff and Year 7 dress up, Drop Everything and Read and Library competitions

Ms Roberts & Mrs Nolan as Batman and Robin
As well as distributing book tokens to students via form tutors, creating World Book Day bookmarks and displays, the Librarians worked with the Geography department to deliver some excellent Library Lessons on banned books.  Adapted for Year 7s from last year's highly successful lesson, the students broke into groups and, following discussions facilitated by the Librarian and teacher, had to suggest reasons why and where in the world particular children's books were banned.  
Mrs Bhandari - Librarian

In addition, the sixth form students and Year 7 students paired up to read together.   

Ms Cadden - Geography Department

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Mrs German - Head of English
Ms Maidment and Ms Orchard Green
Ms Sutton - Head of Science
The Art Department

Monday, 5 March 2018

Writing Competition and Children's Book Awards


Writing subject: The organisers want your writing to be personal to you so you can write on whatever topic you like.
Length: 750 words
Open to: 5 to 25 year olds
Prizes: All winners will win four tickets to see the London production of WICKED at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and an opportunity to meet cast members after the show along with an exclusive backstage tour.  Plus loads more prizes.
Deadline: Monday, 12th March 2018 - so you haven't got long!
Click here for more information and how to enter.


The Blue Peter Book Awards, sponsored by The Book Trust, celebrate children's books published in the last two years.  Announced live on Blue Peter on World Book Day, the winner for best story went to Cressida Cowell for The Wizards of Once.  Best book with facts went to Real-Life Mysteries by written Susan Martineau and illustrated by Vicky Barker.

Award Winners 2018

The Federation of Children's Book Groups are inviting you to vote for your favourite shortlisted children's book as part of their Book Awards 2018, the only awards voted for entirely by children.  To vote, go to their website - you have until midday on Friday, 18th May.   

FCBG Children's Book Awards shortlist

Don't Judge A Book By Its Movie!

To mark the BAFTAs and the Oscars 2018, we have a display of books that have been made into films for you to browse and borrow. You judge which you think is best - the book or the film?

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Happy World Book Day 2018!

World Book Day  is all about celebrating books and reading, something that we do every day at The Ravensbourne School.

Even though the school is closed due to snow today, we hope you will go ahead and celebrate anyway by finding time in the day to read and enjoy books and even dress up, if you would like to.

Don't forget to swap your World Book Day voucher for a £1 WBD book or spend £1.50 on one of the five fabulous full length teen novels!

For more inspiration, visit the World Book Day website.

Friday, 23 February 2018

World Book Day 2018 - Library Competitions

World Book Day is a day set aside each year to celebrate reading, books, authors and illustrators. This year it takes place on Thursday 1st March.

At TRS, we'll be dropping everything and reading, there'll be staff dressing up, Library Lessons and COMPETITIONS, with lots of prizes to be won!

On Monday, 26th February, our brand new ‘Match the Character to the Author’ competition launches.  

To enter, simply pick up an entry form from the Discovery Library and link the character with the author you think created them!

We are also looking for some brilliant book reviews to post on the Library Blog - ask one of your Librarians for a template. 

Don’t forget our regular Word of the Week competition! 

On Monday, Form Tutors will be giving out special World Book Day tokens to each pupil, with the exception of the Post 16 students who can collect one from the War Memorial Library on request. These vouchers can either be exchanged at participating book shops for one of the World Book Day books or they can be used to get £1 off any book costing £2.99 or more. 

Alternatively, tokens can be put towards one of the five full-length books for teens priced at only £2.50 (that's ONLY £1.50 with the £1 book token).  You can use your voucher in any participating books shop from Monday 26th Feb - Sunday, 25th March 2018.