For all young people between 7-17.
Red House are looking for submissions to be published in a new book, with winners also being invited to a writing workshop at the Imagine Children’s Festival in February 2014.
Entries can be stories, poems or articles, so long as they are under 1000 words.
Closing date is 31st July 2013.
Click here for more information and details of how to enter.
Don’t forget to check out the games and competitions on the World Book Day website.
Book Aid International raises funds to supply books to countries across Africa.
For World Book Day 2013, Book Aid are running a competition for a school to win a £200 package of books.
All you have to do is create a map of Africa using images and words on the theme of ‘books change lives’.
Find out more from their website.
World Book Day is Thursday 7th March 2013.
Check out these sites for information about the countries of Africa:
BBC News – Africa
NG: Did you know you can milk camels?
Me: Yes, they’re mammals so they have milk so you can milk them.
LM: So, does that mean you can milk dolphins?
Cue discussion of how you would get dolphins to stand, sorry, swim still, and how you would stop the milk floating away.
This was a fantastic idea I saw on Helena Pielichaty’s blog: make poems from the titles on book spines. The Stuff ‘n’ Things Club gave it a go at lunchtime. Here’s some of their work.
Troy by Adele Geras
Divided City by Theresa Breslin
Blade by Chris Powling
Smoke by Alison Prince
Blood Red Horse by K M Grant
What is Art? by Rosemary Davidson
Pop Art by Tilman Osterwold
Drawing Cartoons by John Byrne
Aftrican Art by Nathaniel Harris
Egyptian Art by Elizabeth Longley
The Mackintosh Style by Elizabeth Wilhide
Painters of Scotland by Vivienne Coulter
The Witch’s Boy by Michael Gruber
The Dark Machine (Dark Man series) by Peter Lancett
Then by Morris Gleitzman
Deep Water by Debbie Gliori
The War Orphan by Rachel Anderson
Outcast by Michelle Paver
Falling into Glory by Robert Westall
Shouting it Out edited by Tom Pow
I’m Not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti
The Redundancy of Courage by Timothy Mo
Sing Me a Death Song by Jay Bennett
Serenity – Those Left Behind by Joss Whedon
Consider the Lilies by Iain Crichton Smith
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Talking in Whispers by James Watson
The Edge of the World by John Gordon
Deathwatch by Nicola Morgan
Vampire Park by Willis Hall
Of Dooms and Death by Dennis Hamley
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
Wasted by Nicola Morgan
The Vampire Hunt by Willis Hall
Pupils and staff from Our Lady’s were involved in the attempt to break the world record for the largest number of people writing a story. School libraries across the country took part on 6th February to celebrate National Libraries Day (which actually took place on Saturday 9th )
Each school were given the beginning of a story by author, Matt Haig, and could add two sentences to continue it. Mrs Johnston and Mrs McFall kindly acted as Witnesses, and 5th year pupils helped out as Stewards and tried to control the crowds that appeared in the LRC at lunchtime.
The 5th years registered each person taking part, then encouraged them to read the beginning of the story on the Smartboard, before queueing for their turn to write.
The story naturally makes absolutely no sense but does show that imaginations are alive and well at OLHS
As this is a record being attempted across the UK, we have to wait for everything to be checked and sorted by the lovely people at Guinness World Records before we know if we have any record breakers in our midst.
Click on each picture to read the story.
The Library Resource Centre and English Departments are moving into top gear for the 1st year Reading Trail, which will run until the Easter holidays.
The Reading Trail is all about effort and challenging yourself, working for your class, and of course, reading! All pupils in S1 take part and are selecting their team names in preparation for the event, which officially launches on Monday 14th January.
Could you name the Bridge?
Artist’s Impression. [Open Government Licence]
Transport Scotland are asking for suggestions for the replacement bridge over the River Forth.
You can submit your ideas at the Name the Bridge website which will tell you if this name has already been suggested and offers the chance to add your own comments.
Click here to know more about the new bridge.
You can use these websites to help you come up with ideas:
Forth Bridges Visitor Centre Trust
Google Maps – have a look at the location
SCRAN – select Our Lady’s (olhs2a) and search for Forth Ferry or Forth Bridge