9 January 2019

Our English department and librarians have developed a specific theme for each month, based on the work of a famous author, a particular genre or style of writing, ways to think about writing and literacy campaigns. At the end of the year we want everyone to spend a little more with books and using the written word to help spark their imagination and creativity.

As part of Chorlton High School’s Year of Reading, a different promotion has been taking place in the library, each month in the Autumn term. September started off with a celebration of all things Roald Dahl, including Golden tickets for books hidden in the library, a Gobble funk competition and the introduction of the library “Golden Tie”.  Winning students were given a goody bag, including a Golden tie to wear for a few days. This was even better than a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory, as it allowed students to jump the queues in the canteen. Ms Trunchball would never have authorised it! 
October was all about poetry, with competitions and prizes and a poetry trail around school. The theme was change and we had some wonderful entries for our “If today.. then tomorrow..” poem. All the finalists will have their poem made into a postcard. A particular favourite was “If today I fall then tomorrow I’ll stand tall.” Well done to everyone who took part. Our second competition was to pen a poem about change and huge congratulations to our winning poet, Francesca Pertoldi from Year 11 with a stunning poem called Genesis. Well done to runner up Hannah Jowell-McHugh in Year 10.  They both received Book tokens.

Feeling Frazzled? Pick up a book! Reading for just 10 minutes a day can make you feel calmer and provide a welcome escape. Chorlton High School took part in the Read Manchester campaign Take Ten, launched on World Mental Health Day on the 10 October. Students read for 10 minutes at the end of Period 2. 

Inspiring Leaders was our theme in November, when students wrote about who inspires them the most. We had entries for friends, Mums and Dads and the more famous such as Rosa Parks. It was certainly inspiring reading them! Well done to everyone who took part.

“Get comfy with a book” in December, saw the corner of the library transformed into a miniature living room, complete with sofa and fireplace. The “reading corner” was a huge hit with students who kicked off their shoes and got cosy.  As well as the traditional tinsel and baubles, the Christmas tree was covered in gift tags, promoting favourite books of students. So those not sure of what to read, could just check out the Christmas tree. Students have also been able to pick up a present from under the tree for a surprise winter read. Ms Hockey and Ms Rodger wrapped up some of their favourite books and put just a few hints on them to give everyone a little clue about what they were choosing! 

Please see below for January Reading Month information.

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