Chobham Academy Book Group
40 Cheering lane, London
At long last. . Carnegie is here! 📚
CARNEGIE IS BACK!!!
All the shortlisted books are in the library, ready to be read, meetings start on the first Wednesday back , see Mrs Duane for more info.
I'm now in charge of the blog !☺📚
Posted on: 23 Mar 2016
Fantastic Carnegie balloon challenge at Hampton School
Everyone really enjoyed their visit to Hampton School yesterday where we met enthusiastic shadowers from Hampton and LEH. We had a balloon debate and the winners were Team Apple and Rain, with an excellent contribution from our very own Madihah,
Posted on: 22 May 2015
Visit to Hampton School
Looking forward to our lunch meeting at Hampton School today where we'll also meet the girls from Lady Eleanor Holles School. This is always one of the highlights of the shadowing season!
Posted on: 21 May 2015
We now have all the books!
All the books ordered for both Carnegie and Greenaway shadowing have arrived, been processed, and are on display at the front of the library.
Well done to Harveen who read and enjoyed Tinder last night and has promised to write our first review! Shout out to Denys too - he has just borrowed two of the Carnegie titles to read this weekend.
We are hoping to have our first proper shadowing meeting on Wednesday lunchtime.
Posted on: 20 Mar 2015
2015 Shadowing: less than 24 hours to go...
Looking forward to seeing which books have made the 2015 shortlist tomorrow! I hope lots of keen readers come forward to take part in shadowing this year. We are still in the 'pop-up' library, of course, but we should have enough space for our weekly lunchtime meetings.
Posted on: 16 Mar 2015
We're featured on the Carnegie Shadowing website!
How fantastic that we're featured on the shadowing site today! And the group are looking forward to meeting Hampton & LEH students at lunchtime.
Posted on: 08 May 2014
Our first meeting will take place at lunchtime on Weds 2 April in the library.
Posted on: 26 Mar 2014
The 2014 shortlist has arrived!
All the books shortlisted for the 2014 Carnegie Medal are ready and waiting for loan. Several shadowing group members will be busy reading this weekend.
Posted on: 21 Mar 2014
Shadowing lunch at Hampton Academy 10 June 2013
So pleased that the lunch went ahead in my absence - thanks to Mrs Payne and Mr Hemsley for their support. Look out for some photos! Mrs Duane
Posted on: 12 Jun 2013
New Children's Laureate
Delighted that Malorie Blackman is the new Children's Laureate. She says that Carnegie shortlisted 'Wonder' by R J Palacio is the last book that made her cry.
Posted on: 04 Jun 2013
Carnegie Spectacular at the Rose Theatre
What a pleasure and a privilege to take the Carnegie shadowing group to the Rose Theatre in Kingston to meet Sarah Crossan and Sally Gardner today!
Sally spoke frankly about her severe dyslexia - by the age of 14 she had been branded 'unteachable' - and how she became a storyteller to disarm her tormentors.
Sarah told us about the immigrant experience and her love of poetry.
Great to get those books signed too!
Posted on: 21 May 2013
Sandwiches and absent friends at Hampton School
Lovely meeting at Hampton today with LEH - shame not to see more of the Hampton boys. The shadowers had a go at guessing the titles of the shortlisted books by reading reviews and enjoyed a delicious lunch. Mrs Duane found it difficult to drag some of the Y10s away. We're now looking forward to the Carnegie Spectacular at the Rose Theatre next week.
Posted on: 13 May 2013
Ready for the Easter hols!
Lots of the shortlisted books have been borrowed and shadowing info leaflets taken. Looking forward to seeing lots of reviews being posted and our first meeting at the beginning of the summer term.
Posted on: 28 Mar 2013
All the books arrived on time yesterday soon after I'd read the shortlist announcement online. What a great list this year! All the books have been catalologued and await stickers before they are covered.
Yesterday it was a pleasure to meet Ms Finney and Ms Joyce, librarians at Elizabeth Woodville, one of our partner LST schools, and we hope to link up in some way during the shadowing period.
I have just posted my first reviews on the site - wanted to get things started.
Posted on: 13 Mar 2013
Meeting at LEH
Lovely joint meeting at LEH school this lunchtime along with shadowers from Hampton School. Students played the 'Who am I?' game and then had a quick lit quiz before tucking into chocolate cookies. Many thanks to Mrs Payne for organising.
Posted on: 21 May 2012
Thanks to Ms Martin...
...who joined our workshop this afternoon. She has already read several of the shortlisted books - looking forward to seeing some reviews!
Posted on: 03 May 2012
Carnegie shadowing workshop - 3 May 2012
Conversations hummed in the background as we all gathered around the centre of the library. We settled on the pebble seats, murmuring about books that we’ve read in the past and ones we plan to read in the future. Mrs Duane hushed the mutterings and we all fell silent as she started the presentation on the Shadowing Site. We watched as slides flicked onto the screen, explaining the books we were required to read and review. Excitement rose when a certain book was presented to the crowd. Books such as ‘A Monster Calls’ caused quite a stir between the huddled students.
Once presentations were done and the questions were asked, we all broke away into smaller groups to read and discuss the collection of Carnegie books and start our reviews for its website. The workshop went on for an hour and thirty-five minutes as conversations closed to an end and so did the school day.
Posted on: 03 May 2012
We're back at school!
We returned to school on Monday in frosty conditions and now we're suffering from continuous rain - lots of opportunity to stay in the warm and read. The first reviews are appearing on the website. Most of the titles this year seem to be popular.
Posted on: 18 Apr 2012
All the Carnegie books arrived and were processed just in time for the Easter holidays. Several of the titles have been borrowed - and lots of us have already read A Monster Calls and Trash. Looking forward to hearing what everyone thinks and reading the reviews on the website.
Posted on: 12 Apr 2012
Hanworth Rd Set - first meeting
Many thanks to Mrs Payne for hosting our first joint meeting in the LRC and LEH. We enjoyed the ice-breaker activities, especially 'Zip-Zap'. Great to meet old and new friends from LEH and Hampton. The cookies were great too!
Posted on: 20 May 2011
First post of 2011!
Very late doing this! All the shortlisted books arrived on time on 1 April, this year including the Greenaway list. Unfortunately, there's only a small group interested in shadowing this year. However, we are determined to keep it going, recognising there are some strong titles on the list - even though they might not be everybody's 'cup of tea'.
First meeting of 'the Hanworth Road set' takes place at lunchtime today at LEH - looking forward to it!
Posted on: 17 May 2011
Starting out and meeting at LEH
HI! my name is Annabel and I am a new member of the Carnegie group.I am starting to read Rowan the Strange, hopefully it will be a good start. Recently the Carnegie gang visited LEH and met Hampton boys who are also part of Carneigie, we played a couple of games and then talked to other pupils from different schools. The best part by far was stuffing our faces with food YUM!! so far i think i will enjoy being part of the Carnegie group and cant wait for more action!
Posted on: 06 May 2010
Battle of the books
The battle of the books is going to end tommorrow and then i can finally read Numbers which everyone has said was a great book except Mr Scruby who has said it was one of the most rubbish book's!
Hope everyone is having a good time at school!!
Posted on: 07 Jul 2009
Report on the Hanworth Road voting party
It was the 18th June and a bright, sunny day when HCC and LEH were on their way to vote on their favourite books they had read. Amongst the children going to Hampton School were the librarians who were the leaders and the best book readers.
We reached the main entrance and then we noticed we had gone the wrong way so we all headed off to another entrance and climbed the steep, long steps until we appeared in the lavish library.
This was where the voting would take place, LEH, HCC and the Hampton boys were going head to head in choosing the best Carnegie book.
Everyone greeted each other but were too shy to talk so a teacher showed us the refreshments which was over 60 cartons of juice, probably 70 bottles of water and two whole platefuls of blueberry muffins. We ate and drank so much until we were full and then Mrs Rawstorne, an English teacher at Hampton, announced we could start the speed dating!
Yes, that’s what I thought! I was so shocked, everyone was so embarrassed to do it. It wasn’t actually speed dating but one circle of people who stayed seated and another circle of people who moved around clockwise every 5 minutes.
At first LEH and HCC were a bit shy so I pulled on my confidence cap and went to sit down opposite a Hampton boy. We started talking about the books and which we liked and why, soon after, everyone was seated and the speed booking could begin.
Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and after that the serious voting started, Mrs Rawstorne and the librarians handed out the voting papers and everyone was given a pencil.
Silence. Silence. The voting was in progress and then the chatter started up again. All the voting papers were collected, they would be counted later.
Then it was time for a group photo! We all huddled around and said “Carnegie” while the photos were taken.
Sadly, Mrs Duane told us it was time to leave; it looked like school had caught up with us!
Everyone waved goodbye, grabbed the last of the muffins, said their thank yous and began the long (or short) walk back to school.
Posted on: 22 Jun 2009
Well done Year 7 shadowers!
This morning, in assembly, our Y7 shadowers received an achievement certificate from Mr Molin. They were also given a bag of goodies, which they want to share with the whole group. Thanks Y7 Carnegie shadowers for your commitment and generosity!
Posted on: 12 Jun 2009
LEH finally visit
LEH girls managed to join us for our Wednesday meeting this week with Mrs Payne. Cue more yummy biscuits and squash! Mr Collins dropped in, so did Ms Taylor. We all watched a video made by Peter and David, based on the fight scene in 'Airman'.
Posted on: 12 Jun 2009
Hampton boys here!!
We finally hosted a meeting today with the Hampton boys and we ate hundreds, dozens of biscuits and drank gallons -cupfuls of juice(YUM,YUM,GURGLE,GURGLE) and we wish LEH were here but they couldn't make it because they had exams (GOOD LUCK!! FROM EVERYONE IN THE CARNEGIE GROUP!!!!)
GOT TO GO BACK TO OUR EATING NOW!!!!! BYE
Posted on: 04 Jun 2009
Mrs Duane met Kevin Brooks at a book launch at Waterstone's on Tuesday. He told her that the most exciting thing about the Carnegie award is the shadowing scheme. We wonder if he reads our reviews!
Posted on: 04 Jun 2009
Meeting Hampton Boys
We're meeting Hampton boys tomorrow and LEH soon next week as they have exams this week.
HCC is looking forward to meeting them so we just have to wait and see how it goes!!!!!!!
We've also made a map of Great Britain and Ireland and marked the places where the Carnegie books are set!
Posted on: 03 Jun 2009
Patrick Ness at the Hay Festival
You can listen to this podcast from the Hay Festival which includes an interview with Patrick Ness talking about the 'Chaos Walking' trilogy. (If you cannot click on the link, copy and paste it into your browser.)
Posted on: 29 May 2009
Today's Group meeting
Lots of lively discussion and loads of new ideas from everyone for Carnegie activities and displays - watch this space!
Posted on: 13 May 2009
First poll results and new blogger
Leila has been added as a student blogger today. She has designed a new poll, so here are the results of our first poll:
Which genre of fiction do you prefer to read?
Fantasy/Science fiction 13% (66 votes)
History 1% (5 votes)
Comedy 32% (163 votes)
Horror, Gothic, Vampires etc 5% (27 votes)
Teen issues/relationships 48% (241 votes)
Its looks as if a lot of people have been visiting our site and voting! If most people like to read about teen issues, this year's Carnegie list should be very popular.
Posted on: 08 May 2009
Hello, it's Leila here!
I've read only one book, 'The Knife of Never Letting Go', which was a great book and I think it might win the Carnegie Award.
I'm into my second book 'Ostrich Boys' and I'm halfway through it - it's a gripping and funny story.
Posted on: 01 May 2009
Our shadowing friends
Today we visited Lady Eleanor Holles School library and met the shadowing groups from Hampton School and LEH. What a great time we had - we made some new friends and we didn't want to leave!
Posted on: 30 Apr 2009
Monday 27 April
Hurray! The books have arrived from our supplier. Mrs Duane has made booklets for the shadowing group.
Posted on: 30 Apr 2009
We had our first meeting on 22 April and heard a bit about the history of the Carnegie award. It is also Zoe's birthday.
Posted on: 30 Apr 2009
The shortlist is announced! We have all except the Creature of the Night in the library already. They've all been quickly borrowed. Two of the books (The Knife of never Letting Go and Ostrich Boys) are also on Year 8's Battle of the Books list. Mrs Duane sent the order off for more books.
Posted on: 30 Apr 2009
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