Friday, 23 May 2014


Over 5 days, each day, we gave 5 different teachers disposable cameras and asked them to take 5 pictures of their students reading!  We had a great selection of readers from Year 7 to Year 13 and have created an amazing collage of all the photographs, which is on display outside the Discovery Library.

All the students who were photographed received rewards postcards or pens.

Come and have a look to see if you can spot yourself or your friends and keep reading!

Monday, 19 May 2014

Revision Guides in the WML and Animal Display in the Discovery Library

We have a good selection of revision resources available in the WML – come and have a browse or ask one of the librarians. There are some useful GCSE revision websites listed on the blog, as well as Post 16 resources, which provide A-level revision websites and advice on referencing.

One of our P16 lunchtime library helpers has also recommended the Get Revising website, which allows you to organise your time with a study planner, create useful tools including mind-maps and flash cards and discuss your subjects with other students.  To check it out visit Get Revising.

Keep Calm and Love Animals!

If you are looking for inspiration in choosing what to read, check out our new 'animal' themed display in the Discover Library.  We have some great reads, including The Great Escape by Melanie Rix, a World War 2 adventure about three beloved pets who embark on an incredible journey from London to Devon.  We also have lots of excellent new books for you to choose from - look at the 'New Books' section of our blog to see the highlights.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Writing competitions

Beyond the Stars - Short Story writing competition

Would you like to be a published author? Then this competition is for you. To enter you must write a short story with a winter theme that is suitable for children between the ages of 8 and 10. The story should be between 1,500 and 5,000 words long and should be imaginative and original.

The winner will have their story published as the 12th story in Beyond the Stars collection of winter-themed stories alongside well-known children’s authors such as Eoin Colfer, Derek Landy, Judi Curtin and Roddy Doyle. The closing date for entries is Midnight on 30th June 2014.  Entrants must be between 8-16 years.
For more information visit and details of how to enter visit:

Foyles Young Poets of the Year Competition 2014

To enter you simply have to send in your best poem, which you’ve written in class or at home, either by post or online.  The competition is open to 11-17 year olds and the poems can be of any length and on any theme.  The competition closes at midnight on the 31st July 2014.
The top 15 winners are invited on a week-long writing residential course at the Hurst Arvon Centre, Shropshire, or receive one-to-one mentoring with a professional poet (age dependent), and have their poem printed in the Foyle Winners anthology.
For more details and inspiration visit :

Friday, 2 May 2014

Winners of the Easter 'Take a Risk' free prize draw

More students than ever took a risk and borrowed a ‘take a risk’ book at the end of last term! 217 students borrowed a book, 195 questionnaires were successfully completed and prizes given, including 58 spot prizes. All entries were then put forward for the free prize draw.

The lucky prize draw winners below were presented with their prizes on the day of the 2 Steves author visit to TRS:

1. James C 7NG

2. Jessica H 7MD

3. Daniel C 8RN

We had a fantastic response and thank you to everyone who took part!