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Book Week

Book Week

Secondary Book Week
Pupils across Primary and Secondary were privileged to have talks and workshops with Canadian author and social justice activist, Deborah Ellis, who donates the proceeds of all her novels to charities related to the social themes in her books. This year Deborah is also the Global Campus author and judge for the Creative Writing competition.
Deborah gave an inspirational talk to Secondary pupils about her motivation for writing her critically acclaimed book ‘The Breadwinner’, which she completed after spending 6 months listening to refugees’ stories in a camp in Pakistan. The screening of the animated movie of ‘The Breadwinner’ followed by Q & A session with the author, was thoroughly enjoyed by parents, pupils and teachers. Deborah also inspired many of our IB students with her talk on activism, telling us all about her years as a campaigner against nuclear armaments. 

 

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Global Library vote

During Book Week each year group took part in debates on the 9 Global Library books KS3 have been reading since last August. Then on Friday KS3 pupils participated in an assembly to vote for the best one for 2018-19. Each English class was dressed up as characters from these Global Library books and delivered excellent presentations on the books before the final vote. Mr Hatherell had the difficult task of selecting a winning class for ‘Best Costumes’ and ‘Best Presentation’. 

The winners for ‘Best Presentation’ were Miss Young’s Year 9 class for ‘A Peculiar Incident on a Shady Street’ and the ‘Best Costumes’ prize went to Mrs Wilcox’s class for ‘The Bone Sparrow’. 

The Global Library book with the most votes was ‘The Eagle in the Snow’.

Well done, everyone! It was a very enjoyable end to a fun year reading the 9 short-listed books. 

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IB Activism Workshop with Deborah

When we realised that Deborah is a committed activist as well as a writer, we decided to utilise her skills and develop the idea that we all have an inner activist when it comes to the issues that matter to us. Deborah gave a talk to the students in years 11, 12 and 13 about the issues that she has campaigned on, the ways that she has taken action over the years, about what it takes to be an activist and why she is so driven to do the work she does. It is fair to say that the audience were both captivated and inspired - we were very proud of the perceptive questions students asked Deborah and the respectful way they interacted with her. 

After the talk, the students worked in small groups choosing issues that matter to them and thinking of the practical ways they could go about taking action. Ideas were very varied and it was wonderful to learn a little more about things that matter to our students. We came away from the day with a renewed sense of pride in our IB students and we hope that they have a real sense of ways that they can be the change they want to see in the world. 

Thank you, Deborah Ellis, for inspiring us!

‘The speech about activism from yesterday was really interesting and caught my attention the entire time. Personally, I have many complaints about the world today and beliefs that I think will make this world a better place, but I have never been to protests and have never taken any steps toward reaching that goal of mine. The stories and experience the author shared with us are all very valuable and could assist us in making decisions in the future. I agree that we should do our homework before going out there to demonstrate and we should also consider other people's opinions so we do not ignore them and force our beliefs on them. 

Her last tip about activism is to be always ready to face the consequences and that applies not only in activism but in everything we do.’ Daniel T.

‘The workshop on activism was very enlightening. Deborah Ellis has inspired me to delve deeper into activism and carry out more activities to help our community.’ Jigmisha J.

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