Chorlton High School is one of many schools in Manchester taking part in Read Manchester, a campaign involving Manchester City Council and the National Literacy Trust, which aims to promote reading and boost literacy across the city. Watch out for promotions going in school, in a bid to encourage, cajole, excite, persuade and inspire students and staff to read more in 2017. If you haven't picked up a book in a while and you never know what to choose, then CHS library can help.
Promotions will be going on throughout the year and you aren't going to be able to miss them. Get tissues out for books that make you cry, learn some valuable information in books that save your life, prepare to see things differently in books that change your life and peep through your fingers at books that chill and thrill. There is something for everyone and books can help you to relax, escape or learn something new. It's never too late to start reading whatever age you are, so why not start this year?
Harry Potter Quiz Night
February saw our most successful Harry Potter Quiz night yet. Fifteen teams of four, clashed wands, as they battled it out over 7 rounds, in the Harry Potter Book Night Bumper Quiz – for superfans. You certainly had to be a Super fan to keep up, as the questions kept on coming and it just goes to show that Harry Potter is as popular as ever with staff and students. In the preceding days, students were seen “revising” for the quiz, pouring over facts and details that could possibly come up. It was a hard fought battle, but the Year 11 team, The Holyhead Harpies came out on top. “We finally won a quiz night in the library” said Manvi Mankhala “after many years of trying.” It wasn’t just the older students who took part though, there were many teams of Year 7 students. “I really enjoyed it” said Jake Webster “Despite not winning, my team came a respectable fourth place.Thanks to Ms Hockey and Ms Coates for all their hard work organising the quiz.” The best dressed of the night was Ms Fletcher, who wore a fantastic Harry Potter dress showing Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Thank you to all who took part and congratulations at last to Manvi Mankhala, Ellie Cole, Ruby Tait and Delilah Wallbank who finally triumphed.
It is not just students who need to be reading more, members of staff were caught reading at the staff Inset day at the end of February, which focused on... Yes you guessed it... reading! Staff were given an hour to practice what they preach, and read for pleasure. Some staff were snapped hiding behind their books for the annual photographic competition and students had to identify who was who. Well done to all those who took part and huge congratulations and Easter eggs to Callum Denny who won the competition and Molly Campbell and Nancy Darnley who were worthy runners up.
World Book Day Celebrations
Who doesn’t love a short story? Particularly one that grips you from the very first sentence, building up the suspense and finally revealing an unexpected twist at the end that makes you gasp. Students in Years 7-9 were treated to just such a short story on World Book Day, as each lesson, they were read a short part from The Hitchhiker by Anthony Horowitz, with the culmination in Period 5. “This was the first time, we had read a story throughout the day” said Ms Hockey “it worked so well, I’m already thinking about which story to choose next.” If you like short stories, then why not pop into the library, where there is a great selection.
£WBD books at CHS
English lessons on World Book Day were transformed as students in Year’s 7-9 were able to exchange their £1 WBD tokens for one of the £1 WBD books written specially for the occasion. Authors on offer, included, Michael Grant, David Almond, Jaqueline Wilson, David Walliams, Francesca Simon and Enid Blyton. “David Walliams was the most popular” said Ms Coates, who helped give out the books. “There was a wonderful buzz in the lessons and it was great to see all the students reading afterwards.”