Mrs Dewhurst, Head of Secondary Library, certainly keeps our pupils and students engaged with an array of activities.

House Quest

House QUEST is an annual event for our Secondary pupils and Sixth Form students to participate in, by house, to test their library knowledge.  A variety of questions set for each year group, covering all subjects studied at QEGS including library skills, which are taught in Year 7.  Clues are given and all of the answers can be found in the school’s Library by the teams of two from each house, with a different year group taking part each day.

Scores were very close, but HOWARD JOHNSON had the upper hand and bagged 1st place with DRAKE KING coming in 2nd and HAWKINS HAWKING finishing in 3rd place

The results of House QUEST contribute to the overall House competition!

Mrs Dewhurst said “Competitors had much fun as they scrambled around the library looking for the answers to their clues and for those in Year 7 and Year 8 hidden treasure amongst the book stock was a real bonus”.

Yoto Carnegies

The Yoto Carnegie medal shortlist was announced this month.

The annual book awards were launched to our Primary (Year 5) and Secondary (Year 7 and Year 9) reading groups and over a period of 12 weeks, both groups will be working with Mrs. Dewhurst, looking at the 7 shortlisted titles for the writing award and 6 shortlisted titles for the Illustration award.

Pupils who are taking part, also known as ‘shadowers’ as they ‘shadow’ the judging process for the Carnegie Medals; read, discuss and review the books on each shortlist, engage in reading-related activities which they share online, and vote for their favourites to win the Shadowers’ Choice Awards.

The award is split into two categories:

Primary: Illustration Award

Secondary: Writing Award

Shortlisted titles can be viewed here : Unforgettable Voices and Bold Storytelling Celebrated as Yoto Carnegies 2023 Shortlist Announced | LoveReading4Kids

The final will be streamed live in June – when our own shadowing groups will be able to join in with the fun by celebrating in school.

End of term celebrations/achievements 

With so much going on you would think we wouldn’t have time for anything else but there were plenty of awards up for grabs.

Year 8 Pupil Librarians, Sara Ayub (8EJH), Aymen Ali ( 8EJH) Rayyan Ratyal (8JLN)  completed their silver award.

Muhammad Chopdat (7DJP), Saif Kalu (8EJH) Haadia Asif (9SSP) Bedrock made excellent progress with the Bedrock Learning programme.

We were also extremely delighted to learn that our video/discussions for the Young People’s Book Prize 2022/23, made it to the live finals.

Watch it here:

And finally, a huge THANK YOU to our amazing group of enthusiastic Year 7 library assistants who help to keep the library neat and tidy. Your help is very much appreciated.