At Bellerive, we are very clear about the importance of reading. By encouraging students to read both for pleasure and to improve their subject knowledge, we wish to foster a life-long love of reading. We have recently refurbished our library and a number of reading initiatives are taking place including ‘Drop Everything and Read’ (DEAR) and pupil-led reading groups.
Ms Gillen, our librarian, is working with students and staff across the school to help them develop a shared love of reading. Please see below for her latest update:
We’ve started the new academic year as we mean to go on with a host of exciting reading related fun already underway!
On 13th September we celebrated Roald Dahl Day with students and staff alike being treated to instalments of one of his short stories, ‘The Umbrella Man’, throughout the day. We also held our second annual ‘Golden Ticket Hunt’, in which students were given clues inspired by some of Dahl’s famous works to help them find tickets hidden around school. Where would you find Augustus Gloop, anyone? How about Matilda? And where might George have concocted something marvellous? We have some real Dahl detectives amongst our students who soon discovered the hidden tickets to much delight!
At the end of September we welcomed the Scholastic Book Fair through our doors once again. This was a great event creating a real buzz about books in school and helping to encourage reading for pleasure. We sold over 140 books meaning we will receive over £500 worth of free books from Scholastic for our school library. A big thank you to all who visited and supported the fair!
October 8th-13th was Libraries Week, focussing on wellbeing this year. Staff and students shared their favourite ‘Feel Good Reads’ throughout the week. Here’s a list of some of our favourites:
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupéry
I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Books by C.J. Sansom
And these great quotes:
“Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future” – Robert H. Schuller
“Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” Saint Augustine of Hippo
You can share your favourites by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
With lots more to come, including joining the Liverpool Readathon in November and the launch of our own short story competition, we’re looking forward to a year of happy reading ahead!