Posts Tagged With: Catalyst Book Awards

Norwegian Visitors

On Friday the School Library Resource Centre  at St Maurice’s HS welcomed Helg Harper and Hilde Solhaug from Askim videregående skole in South East Norway. They and their colleagues (190 in total) were in Scotland on a short staff development trip and were taking the opportunity to learn more about the Scottish Education system.

In a visit arranged by the Scottish branch of the School Library Association,  Helg and Hilde came to St Maurice’s before heading on to visit a school in Glasgow. Ms Cameron, LRCM @ St Maurice’s gave the two ladies  a tour of the school before spending the morning in the LRC discovering how Scottish School Libraries run and exchanging ideas which they can take home to Norway. 

Although Askim videregående skole is mainly a Sixth Form/Technical College , with academic and vocational courses and has about 900 pupils aged 16-19, it was a great opportunity to show them our initiatives here in North Lanarkshire for our older pupils.  They had a chance to explore our blogs and find out about our Catalyst awards as well as how we go about improvement planning and supporting pupils with Careers information, Information Skills and other initiatives at a more local level.

Thanks to Hilary Petrie for arranging the visit. We hope they enjoyed their trip to Scotland!

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Catalyst Review Prize

Caldervale High School has just taken advantage of  S4 pupil, Damon Allan’s Catalyst Longlist Review prize, with an author visit from Dead Boy Talking author, Linda Strachan.  Damon introduced Linda, with a short resume of her life so far, before Linda herself spoke to the group about her Catalyst 2010 winning novel, Spider and her 2011 longlisted Dead Boy Talking.  The book groups were enthralled by her Powerpoint presentation depicting her research with the Fire and Police Services.  Some strong stomachs were needed for a few of the scenarios recounted. Linda took time at the end of her talk to answer questions and sign copies of both of her books.  All of the pupils thoroughly enjoyed sharing Damon’s prize.

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Cathy MacPhail

Our Lady's Latest

OLHS pupils in 3rd and 4th year won a competition back in October at the North Lanarkshire Catalyst Book Awards 2011 for the best use of the Catalyst blog. Their prize was a visit from award winning author, Cathy MacPhail.

The classes were enthralled by Cathy’s stories of moving statues, haunted hotels and creepy libraries. The Creative Writing Club also discussed lots of ideas with Cathy and sought advice for their own writing. Cathy was kind enough to answer all their questions and even set them a writing challenge at the end of the afternoon.

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