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:

Winter Reading Round-up

As part of Mission Week (3rd-7th December) this year we launched our Short Story Competition. Students were asked to write up to 500 words inspired by this year’s theme – ‘In the beginning…’ – and their experiences over the week. There were some fabulous entries and it was hard for our judge, Mrs Henry (Chaplain), to pick the winners but the results are in:

First prize: Zayna A (Year 11)

Mrs Henry was impressed by how real Zayna’s story felt and how well it captured what this year’s Mission Week was all about with its concern for the environment and care for others.

Runners-up: Julianne C (Year 7), Cara M (Year 8), and Nawar N (Year 10)

Highly commended: Lauren (Year 9)

Congratulations and well done to all who entered! We hope to share the winning stories with you here in the new year.

We’ve also been getting into the Christmas spirit in the library with the return of our Booky Advent Calendar featuring readingrecommendations from students and staff, and our Christmas book tree – this time decorated with book inspired baubles made by students.

Some of the recommendations to be found behind the calendar’s doors include:

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier – Maria (Year 9)

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell – Mr Taylor

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham – Mr McBurney

After the Fire by Will Hill – Jovitha (Year 9)

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini – Iman (Year 10)

A Christmas Carol – Nawar (Year 10)

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy – Miss Holt

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – Ava (Year 7)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – Lucy B (Year 7)

A Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens – Maha and Marta (Year 8)

 Why not try one of these great reads over the holidays?

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year!

The links below will help parents and students alike with reading outside of the classroom:

100 best books for young people

Booktrust ‘Bookfinder’

World Book Day Writes of Passage

Liverpool Libraries

Read Liverpool

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards

The Reader




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