What a brilliant day! Mrs Millar and I accompanied the lucky seven, Aaron Hawthorne, Cerys Law, Emily McGurk, Ashleigh McIntyre, Jordan Mooney, Hayley Stevenson and Keira Winton, to buy books for the LRC at Waterstones in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. Each of the pupils had been nominated by their class for all their hard work during the Reading Trail.
After a quick trip on the express bus (remembering to wave to the horse on the M8), we wandered round to the bookshop and made our way to the top floor to customer services, only to be told our boxes were in the basement (at this point, we discovered who has a phobia about lifts).
We introduced ourselves to Tom, who asked if our wee group would mind creating a book display, and writing short recommendations to show off the choices of the pupils from Our Lady’s High School. We hadn’t expected this task, but the pupils did a great job.
Once we found a table, the workers dived straight into their task, while Mrs Millar and I guarded property and worked out what our own respective purchases should be (for English department and LRC investigations). The massive cups of tea were absolutely essential to keep our brains hydrated as we tried to remember what was required.
Every few minutes, a couple of pupils would appear, laden down with paperbacks, and gleefully show off what they’d found: there were some inspired choices, some tieing in with forthcoming films, others newly published and a great collection of already popular books.
Selecting books is fun, but it also involves a great deal of thought and responsibility. Working in teams, the pupils scoured all five floors of the shop in search of material that would encourage and enthuse their peers back at Our Lady’s, while simultaneously calculating discounts, trying to remain within budget and deciding whether to walk upstairs or wait for the lift (NB Literacy, Numeracy, Health and Well-being ;-))
At lunchtime, we headed for Pizza Hut, where we discovered the dangers of cola that’s too cold (even without the ice) and even freezing cold sweetcorn, but then, it was in a salad. No mucking about though, because we had a job to do, so straight back to the bookshop, where I lead everyone down the escalator to joyful cries of “There is an escalator!” (weird lot this).
Now the hard work really set in because we had to decide exactly what was coming back to OLHS and what had to stay in the shop, and we had a deadline before the bus left for Motherwell. In addition, everyone got the chance to select a book for themselves as an extra reward and thank you for all their efforts.
We managed to lose Mrs Millar temporarily at the traffic lights (no, not on purpose :() before arriving back at Buchanan Bus Station. Once safely on the bus, all the bags were trawled through until everyone found their own treasures and settled down to read on the way home (don’t forget to wave to the horse again). It was the quietest they’d been all day.
Thanks to all seven pupils for all their hard work and excellent behaviour on the day. Hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did.