Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Library Update...

Jon Mayhew Author Event: Friday, 8 February

Jon did three sessions for us, two for Year 7 and one for Year 9. He talked about writing his books, how he had disliked reading at school and how that changed. We had some brilliant riddles and some wonderful readings form his books and lots of questions from our students. 

Here are two extracts from students who came:

'The author was really friendly and funny. When I started to read his book 'Mortlock' I couldn't put it down! Looking forward to reading the others'.

'On Friday, 8 February, author of Mortlock, The Demon Collector and The Bonehill Curse came to our school. He explained that he wrote Gothic fairy tales for teens and pre-teens that were set in the 1850s. This was a horrible time to live, he explained. And he was right too. This was the Victorian period, and in a time when you would do anything to survive. For example, one of his main characters was a knife thrower who was part of an act with the great magician Cardamom.

The theme of the morning was his monsters, and oh, they were good ones. You had the first monster, the ghuls that were “horrible witchy things” that turned into hideous massive crows that would peck your heart out. Then there was the creepy clown, which was scary in several ways. For example, there was his painted smile. Always smiling, even when he’s about to kill you. Lovely mad hair. That’s a must. And of course, the hideous red nose that looked just plain weird.

Next up, Demons. Here was a twist on what we thought. Still hideous monsters, but they didn’t just kill random people. Instead, it enslaved you if you couldn’t answer one of its riddles correctly. However, if you won, it gave you a few wishes. Wealth. Power. Knowledge. Anything you like. But thankfully it didn’t kill you, like the genie did.

The genie was the last monster he told us about. The genie seemed fine and great (after all, it’s a free wish. Who doesn’t want that?). Then, after your wish was granted, it would kill you. Absolutely lovely!

There were a few writing tips he gave along the way though. For example there was the “Get rid of adults so the children can do what they like” rule and the “Have an equal amount of each gender to appeal to both sides” rule.

This was an excellent author event, and we found it very interesting. Jon Mayhew, thanks for coming to our school'.

Book Week

World Book Day: 7 March

We will as usual be distributing World Book Day tokens to students in Years 7, 8 and 9. These can be redeemed (for a limited period) as a part payment against any book in participating bookstores. Alternatively they can be used as payment for the specially produced World Book Day Books available through Smiths and Waterstones and a range of independent booksellers.

Linda Newbery, Author Visit: Thursday, 7 March

Linda will be with us during the afternoon and will be talking to about 70 students from Year 8. Letters will be given to students giving more detail through mentor groups. We have a range of Linda's books available in the library (check our online catalogue).

Our Favourite Books

Some of Year 7 has created a Reading Tree, which is displayed upstairs in the main Library. All students are encouraged to add a leaf to the tree with details of a book that has really engaged them. Ask at the library desk for a 'leaf' to add your favourite read.

Reading Places, Reading Spaces

This popular competition run by the English Department has been running for three years now and we have had some amazing pictures in previous years. Details about it are advertised on the screens in The Street or ask any member of the English Team. 

Cake Sale in Aid of Book Aid International

Miss Gabey and some of our Year 9 students are making cupcakes that will be for sale in The Vista on Wednesday, 6 March.

RGS Book Club

Thursdays 3.10pm -3.45pm in The Vista. Ask Mrs Hodgkinson (Librarian) or Ms Harper (English) for more information.