Friday, 14 December 2012

Christmas Books and Film tie-ins on TV

Why not enjoy a good book this Christmas holiday?  Come and browse our display of Christmas themed reads in the Discovery library!  We have lots of great titles in the both the Discovery and War Memorial libraries, including those in our ‘new books’ section.   

A Muppet Christmas Carol
Also, if you like films, below is a list of films that have been adapted from books and are on TV over the Christmas Period.  To view, go to 

Compiled by Helen Smith, Librarian at Eckington School.

A Christmas Carol - Grandmas Graphics
 Let us know if you prefer the book or the film?

TRS and Siobhan Dowd Trust article in Bromley Times

The Bromley Times have published an article on our Siobhan Dowd Trust prize win!  To view, click here:

Don’t forget to look out for the launch of our new books in January.

Friday, 7 December 2012

The Ravensbourne School Wins £1000 worth of books

The children and staff at The Ravensbourne School are celebrating after winning a prize worth £1000 for doing one of their favourite things … reading books. 

We were one of ten schools chosen by the Siobhan Dowd Trust to win their ‘Spread the Joy of Reading’ competition.  The competition was launched to find schools with the most vibrant and lively school libraries and the most imaginative ideas to encourage reading for pleasure.   

There will be a big launch of the books we have won in January.

To find out more about the activities that won us the prize, log on to  Siobhan Dowd wrote four outstanding novels for young people, between 2004 and 2007, all of which have won awards.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Book Displays

Look out for our displays of recommended books in the Discovery and War Memorial Libraries.  Currently, we have a STEM display of books in the War Memorial Library and our ‘new books’ display containing the latest titles in the Discovery Library.

Our recent book display themes have included Halloween and Remembrance.  These have been great in encouraging students to borrow books that they might not normally choose to read for pleasure.

Monday, 26 November 2012

How ready are you to ‘Take a Risk’?

The Library’s ‘Take a Risk’ competition is back for Christmas!  Borrow a mystery ‘Take A Risk Book’ fill in the short questionnaire and you will automatically win a prize, and have your name entered into a free prize draw with the chance to win more prizes PLUS spot prizes to be won.  See a Librarian in the Discovery Library for details.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Children's Book Award winners

Frank Cottrell Boyce has won the 2012 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for his book The Unforgotten Coat. The book was inspired by a true story follows two brothers from Mongolia who go to school in Bootle, Merseyside, but are forced to return to their homeland.  The author was commissioned to write it by a charity, Reader Organisation, and 50,000 copies were given away free. To find out more visit the Guardian website at  You can find other books by Frank Cottrell Boyce in the Discovery Library.

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012 has been won by Jamie Thomson for Dark Lord The Teenage Years.  The book, which won the funniest book for children aged seven to 14, is about a dark lord who inhabits the body of teenager Dirk Lloyd.  You can find a copy of this book and others by Jamie Thomson in the Discovery Library.

Friday, 9 November 2012

War Memorial Library visits

The school war memorial, initially dedicated to students and staff who gave their lives in the Great War, is situated in the KS4/5 Library; known as the War Memorial Library. It was added to again after World War II.  The war memorial is important to the life of the school and we mention it often.
As the War Memorial Library is for the use of KS4 and 5 students and staff only and we are aware that the KS3 students do not get to see the memorial, a timetable of visits has been arranged for the Year 7 students to visit during Form Time this term.
Remembrance Day – lest we forget
Remembrance Day takes place on 11 November every year in Commonwealth Countries to remember the members of the armed forces who have died since the end of the First World War.  People wear remembrance poppies to show that they have not forgotten those who have died.  The Discovery Library has a special Remembrance display of war time story books for you to borrow.  Tell us what you have read and whether you enjoyed it!  You may also like to write a review recommending the book to others.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Carve out time for a book!

Why not enjoy a ‘spooky’ read this half term?  Come and have a look at our Halloween display in the Discovery library and borrow a scary book!  We have lots of other good reads available in our ‘new books’ section and throughout the library.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012


October is Black History Month.  To find out more about the inspirational people and key events that have shaped history come and visit the libraries.

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Recent Word of the Week Winners

Discovery Library:

Noun: The highest point
chosen by Luke Clifton (7RN)

Noun:  One of the Spanish conquerors of Mexico and Peru in the 16th century.
chosen by Frankie Palmer (9MP)

Adjective : Surprising, amazing
chosen by George McKeown (7SA)

Adjective : A task which is difficult to carry out, long or boring
chosen by Elliot Wheeler (7LC)

Noun: A relationship or association, link or bond.
chosen by Millen Benians (8CM)

War Memorial Library:

A large and disastrous fire.
chosen by Brett Parry (12CA)

Noun: Nest of an Eagle or other bird of prey, built in a high, inaccessible place.
chosen by Chloe O’Brien (10SY)

Noun:  Any person in a position of authority who exercises power oppressively or despotically.
chosen by Mr. Mills (History)

Noun: Devious trickery, underhand or unscrupulous.
chosen by Stephen Bailey (12CA)

Verb: Ceasing or stopping, rest or pause
chosen by Brandon Flanagan  (KS4 MI)

Monday, 8 October 2012

Winner of “Spread the Joy of Reading” competition - £1000 worth of books!

We are delighted to announce that we were among the winners of the Siobhan Dowd Trust “Spread the Joy of Reading” competition.  Entrants were asked to write 250 words to say how they encourage and promote reading in their school.  Ten winners were then chosen to receive £1000 worth of books.
Among the judges were Michael Rosen, author and reading enthusiast extraordinaire.  Our top tip was to “just make reading normal”.  Look out for the new books, which will be arriving soon!

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Changes in the new year

Goodbye and Hello

This year we say 'Goodbye' to our Librarian Mrs. Edwards who is leaving us to enjoy a hopefully restful retirement.  We wish her every happiness in her retirement but hope she pops back to see how we are doing and to update us on the retirement fun she is having.

We say hello to Mrs. Nolan who joins us as our Monday, Tuesday and Friday Librarian.  Welcome aboard Mrs. Nolan. 

Monday, 9 July 2012


The Ravensbourne School Centenary 1911-2011

A joint exhibition by Bromley Local Studies and Archives and The Ravensbourne School

Bromley Local Studies and Archives

Bromley Central Library - 2nd floor

18th June – 31st August 2012

Friday, 6 July 2012


Congratulations to all those who correctly identified the members of staff who were reading in our recent competition and received VIVO points.
The winners of the prize draw were :
3rd Prize Elizabeth Smith 9TH
2nd Prize Kai O’Halloran 8LO
1st Prize Marius Sologubovas 7SH

The correct answers were :

Ms Roberts
Mr. Contreras-Ramis

Mrs. Hunt

Mr. Murphy

Dr. Castellucio

Mrs. Price

Mr. Smyrk

Mr. Muzio
Recent Word of the Week Winners

War Memorial Library :
Noun The practice of performing charitable or benevolent actions. Love of mankind in general usually shown by contributions of money, property or work for the benefit of others.
chosen by Ms. Magee (Attendance Officer)

Noun Reckless or extravagant spending or behaviour. Dissolute or immoral behaviour.
chosen by Ms. Brett (Science)

Adjective Overwhelmed with demands, offers. Covered with water, especially flood water. Overwhelmed as if with a flood or swamp.
chosen by Mr. McKenzie (Reprographics)

Discovery Library :
Noun A person who believes the worst about people or the outcome of events.
chosen by Leonnie Benians (8LO)

Noun A steep slope at the edge of some high level ground.
chosen by Ally Wood (7HB)

Noun A person trained to look after a woman who is giving birth to a baby.
chosen by Kelsey Jordan-Brown (7SH)

Noun A movement to and fro. The flow of blood through the body.
chosen by Wayde Swanepoel (7MZ)

Verb To wander in search of Pleasure.
chosen by Lisa Onyeka (7HB)

Friday, 11 May 2012

Recent Word of the Week Winners
 War Memorial Library :
Noun The ability to recover after a setback, especially in sport.chosen by Mrs. Edwards (Librarian)

PROPENSITYNoun An inclination or natural tendency to behave in a particular way.
chosen by Dr Garrido (Science)
Adjective Giving off an odour, especially a pleasant odour.chosen by Ms. Roberts (Librarian)

Discovery Library :
COUNTERMEASURENoun Action taken to counter the outcome of another action. 
chosen by Craig Butler (8MD)

AUSPICIOUSchosen by Callum Moloney-Joyce (7CL)
Adjective  An Omen of success – fortunate.

Adjective To have almighty or infinite power. To have a very great or unlimited authority. Supreme, mighty, powerfulchosen by Lisa Onyeka (7HB)

Monday, 30 April 2012

We are launching a new and exciting competition in the Library called ‘Guess Who’s Reading’.   All year groups are welcome to enter.  Eight members of staff at TRS were photographed reading.  If students can guess who all eight are they will be awarded VIVO points.  There will also be a free prize draw and all forms with 8 correct answers will be entered.  The closing date will be Friday the 1st of June 2012.

Friday, 9 March 2012


Please remember that we are collecting the following tokens:





They can be handed in or placed in the box at Reception
Recent Word of the Week Winners
War Memorial Library:

Noun The eating of human flesh by other human beings: Cannibalism.
chosen by Ms. Crozier (RE)

Adjective Run-down, abandoned, deserted, out of use.
chosen by Jonah Haffner (12KE)

Adjective/Noun Using direct-current electricity to bring people back from the dead.
chosen by Bryony Swain (13RE)

Noun A corresponding aspect or feature. Points, features or details in which two items are alike.
chosen by Tharani Thavarabalan (12RF)

Noun Everything that you see in a camera shot. Arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted.
chosen by Jack Newman (13ME)

Noun A small square of stone, tile or glass used in mosaics. In Ancient Greece or Rome a small tablet of wood or bone used as a token.
chosen by Precious Akinbileje (10BE)

Verb To upset, confuse or disconcert. To befuddle or perplex. To cause to be unable to think clearly.
chosen by Melissa Owusu-Ansah (13WH)

Discovery Library :
Adjective To not give in, to keep going to the very end, to resist pain and continue anyway.
chosen by Luke Blanchard (9TN)

Noun An Asian and North American tree or shrub with white, pink, purple or yellow showy flowers.
chosen by Samuel Young (9BM)

Noun On a vessel with three or more masts the third mast from the bow
chosen by Blaise Bizzell (8BG)

Noun An embarrassing blunder.
chosen by Ryan Sewell (8FN)

Adjective Any disturbance or abnormality in the function of an organ or part, especially of a family. Failure to show the characteristics or fulfill the purposes accepted as normal or beneficial.
chosen by Tatenda Matsvai (9AR)

Noun Someone who enjoys things that seem painful or tiresome.
chosen by Lauren Carne (9TH)

Adjective Expressing or characterized by sorrow. Bringing or causing woe. Pitiful, miserable.
chosen by Robert Yelding (7SH)

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Recent Word of the Week Winners
War Memorial Library :

Communication with the spirits of the dead in order to predict the future. Sorcery. Black magic.
chosen by Danielle Crump (12JO)

Lack of social or moral standards or values in an individual or society. Loss of a sense of what it is to be normal.
chosen by Nabila Wright (13AP)

The ability or habit of making pleasant or interesting discoveries by accident.
chosen by Mr. Case (English Department)

The term for multiples of 27 i.e. 27 times something. Used in the game of Scrabble.
chosen by Mr. Fordham (Student Leadership Coordinator)

Discovery Library :
A territory claimed by a nation or state because it is necessary for survival or growth.
chosen by William Breslin (8BM)

A person newly converted to a religion.
chosen by Jordan Smith (7CZ)

Gloomy or Hellish.
chosen by Noah Thompson (8LO)

Annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ when Christians give presents to each other.
chosen by Peter Ralph (7CT)