Saturday, 1 December 2012

Old Buckenham High School activities

High School on a high
Old Buckenham High School is celebrating after winning a prize worth £1000 for doing one of their favourite things - reading books. Andrea Hassan, the School Librarian, heard about a campaign run by the Siobhan Dowd Trust (a trust set up by the award-winning author Siobhan Dowd shortly before she died) to encourage the joy of reading and to help provide books to young people. Early in 2012, the Siobhan Dowd Trust launched a campaign to find out what was being done in schools to spread a joy of reading. The competition ran until the end of the summer term and got hundreds of submissions. A special judging panel, chaired by Michael Rosen, met recently to decide which ten schools had the most vibrant, lively school libraries and the most imaginative ideas to encourage reading for pleasure. Ten schools were chosen to win the prize of £1000 worth of books each and Old Buckenham High School was one of them.
Old Buckenham High School was picked out for the innovative ways in which they nurture a love of reading. Their Reading Star Awards encourages children to read at least 25 books a year with badges, certificates and prizes for everyone but they don’t leave the staff out as they take home teen fiction in the holidays and share their opinions with students when they return.
Students were really excited to see the piles of books the school had won commenting "wow, this will keep me busy for a while" and "I can’t wait to read all these books!”
There was more activity at the High School last night when they held a Christmas Market to raise funds for a new minibus.There were over thirty stall filling the hall and selling a wide range of gifts including jewellery, homewares, candles, hats, scarves, handbags, books, old fashioned sweets, cupcakes and much more. The place was crammed with people spending their cash so hopefully a decent sum of money will have been been raised.

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