It’s been a busy few months in Caldervale High School’s Library Resource Centre. It all began with the BOOKies’ Burns Supper way back in January. The school’s two book groups joined forces to present an informal, traditional Burns Supper. It was so informal in fact that we had cardboard cutout bagpipes escort in the haggis!! Our school piper was unavailable, as was our usual stand-in fiddler. The pupils were wonderful, leading the proceedings, addressing the haggis, toasting the lassies and laddies and providing poetic entertainment. Everyone had a great time.
Our second event was much more sombre – our Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration. Staff from the Social Subjects and RME Departments spoke to the book groups about the background to the Holocaust and the impact of more recent atrocities. One of the second year BOOKies lit a candle in remembrance and a moments silence was observed. The pupils were then able to peruse a selection of holocaust themed fiction.
Then this week we managed a trip out to the Mitchell Library in Glasgow to attend the Scottish Children’s Book Awards. Every year the Scottish Booktrust does a fantastic job of organising the awards. This year each age category had its own venue within the Mitchell Library. Our group enjoyed the 4 part quiz, round 1 was guess the book from the movie still, round 2 was book cryptographs, round 3 was based on the shortlisted books and finally, a general book knowledge round. Great fun, interspersed with author talks from the shortlisted novellists; Diana Hendry for The Seeing, Barry Hutcheson for Book of Doom and Claire McFall for The Ferryman. Everyone was pleased to see Claire McFall take the award, although secretly our group had been rooting for Barry Hutchison.
To bring us bang up to date, we held our annual World Book Day Quiz. Teams of pupils and staff combined forces to do battle to be the team with the best book knowledge. Two rounds of questions and lots of sweets later, the winning team emerged as “Radioactive Tuna Pasta” with 18.5 points out of a possible 22. The team with the most original name was judged to be “We will do anything for Sweets” and they were rewarded with chocolate Easter Eggs – quite appropriate I thought!