Friday, 10 July 2020

Help your school Library win £5000

Just two weeks left to vote for your school Library and help them win £5000 of book tokens!

Vote here

Closing date Friday 31 July.

Monday, 6 July 2020

Hen Harrier Day writing competition

Another great writing competition for young people.

Hen Harrier Action are inviting young people to submit a piece of creative writing relating to any British wildlife.  
There are three age categories, 5 - 8 years, 9- 12 years and 13 - 16 years (based on how old the writer is on the 8th of August 2020.)
Entries will be judged by the author Gill Lewis whose writing is very popular with many of our students.
Closing date for entries is midnight on Friday the 24th of July 2020. 

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Young Walter Scott Prize

The Young Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction is a fantastic creative writing competition.

If you are interested in history and writing this is the competition for you!

There are two entry categories, 11 - 15 and 16 - 19 and entrants must live in the UK.  The work must be at least 800 words and set in a time before you (as the writer) were born.  It can take many forms, a story, a diary, letters, poetry, drama or reportage.

The closing date is 31 October so plenty of time, but entries must be made by post so we are giving you lots of notice.  Details of the competition can be found here.  The entry form, which you will need to print and post, can be found here.

Monday, 29 June 2020

6 July 2020 SOME Libraries opening

Some good news for those missing their public Library service.  On the 6th of July some public Libraries in England will be reopening on a limited basis.  

Read about what will be on offer in the London Borough of  Bromley here.

Meanwhile don't forget the online service.

Friday, 26 June 2020

500 Words Black Lives Matter Competition

This fantastic 500 Words competition opens on Monday the 29th of June 2020 at 6.30 am.

Children aged between 5 and 13 are invited to respond to themes and issues emerging from the Black Lives Matter movement in whatever way they wish, but in no more than 500 words and in the form of a story.

Closing date Friday 3 July 2020 at 11.59 pm.  Submit your entry using the form here.

We are really looking forward to hearing some of the stories, which will be read out by special guests on Virgin Radio, throughout the competition.  

Monday, 22 June 2020

Emily S, Guest Blogger

Emily in Year 11 wrote this fantastic piece for us.  We are great fans of Hans Rosling. TED describes him as "a world health expert" and "data visionary" but he was so very, very much more than that.  We would recommend any of his amazing  TED Talks Be careful though, you could easily lose a day or two.  

Thank you Emily for such a beautiful piece of writing.  

Hans Rosling, the main author of this book, devoted the final years of his life to writing Factfullness, before passing away in 2017. His famous TED Talks influenced thousands of people from all paths of life. In his talks, he made many geniuses seem clueless.

As humans, we have many instincts in common. Some examples from the book are: the straight line instinct, the fear instinct, the size instinct, the destiny instinct, and the blame instinct. These instincts explain why many of us are drawn to dramatic news such as natural disasters and human conflicts.

We are constantly fed negative content through mass media and this can spiral us into pessimistic thoughts, causing us to develop a cynical mindset. Yes, there are many horrific things happening all the time across the world, and yes they often need to be addressed (such as discrimination), but there is also a great deal of positive progress which is persistently ignored. Less people would watch the news if it was talking about small-scale, slow, optimistic change.

At the beginning of the book is a short quiz. There are 13 questions. Barely anybody gets more than 8 correct, even people from top companies, economists, environmentalists and scientists. This not only highlights our human instincts, but also how limited our global knowledge is. The questions are simple facts that we all ought to know... yet most people have no idea. Reading this book is a great way to learn about the world and to develop understanding of your own instincts and how to control them.

Emily S Year 11

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Carnegie Shadowing 2020

The CILIP Carnegie Children's Book Award was announced yesterday and the winner was ....

Lark by Anthony McGowan

Read The Cosmic Ravensbourne Readers book reviews here and watch McGowan talking about his book and reading from Lark here.