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Debden Park High School
Loughton,

Ready for reviews
So many of the students are talking about how much they love the book that they are reading and some are expressing a dislike to some but whatever their views it is great to discuss them. This week we decided to get some of them views in writing and all the students wrote their first review. We also took some time to design our webpage by having a vote for the way our page looks, this amongst eating chocolate biscuits and drinking juice made our meeting whizz by.
Posted on: 23 May 2016



First meeting of the new group for 2016
Thursday 28th April was a great day at Debden Park as the new group got together for the first time. Students have selected a book each and we are looking forward to finding out the first impressions we have of the shortlisted books.
Posted on: 03 May 2016



The winner announced at DPHS
There was joy in the LRC as "Buffalo Soldier" was announced as the winner of the Carnegie Awards. Some students were not as overjoyed as they wanted "More Than This" to be their winner. We are sad that next week will be our last gathering but a fairwell party will be on the cards for next Wednesday.
Posted on: 24 Jun 2015



The winner to be announced
The group are meeting today to find out who the Carnegie Award has been presented to, watch this space...
Posted on: 24 Jun 2015



Who will be our winner???
This week was the time to decide who we thought was the worthy winner of the Carnegie Award. We all gathered armed with juice and a cereal bar to make our vote and the winner we decided on was "More Than This" with the runner up being "Buffalo Soldier". We are all excited about finding out if our prediction is right when the winner is announced next week...dah dah dah! Mrs Longman
Posted on: 11 May 2015



Booming Book Buzzers
After a little munch on some cereal bars and a drink of juice the group got down to the decision of a group name, after much deliberation the "Booming Book Buzzers" came out on top. Next week we are planning on taking our group photo so we can start making our Carnegie magazine.
Posted on: 08 May 2015



Students choosen to take part in this year's group
20 students have been selected to make up the Carnegie reading group, they are all enthusiastic about seeing what it has to offer. I can't wait to kick it all off next Wednesday lunch time.
Posted on: 23 Apr 2015



Gone Too soon
we are meeting for our final time.we have made it special by having cookies and tropical flavoured juice. we all agree that bunker diaries was our favourite. And our worthy favourite. The books have been interesting. and finally we owe our sincere thanks to MADAM LONGMAN who might i add IS THE BEST!
Posted on: 14 Jul 2014



Gone too soon.

Posted on: 14 Jul 2014



AND WE'RE BACK!
We're back for another amazing year of DPHS's Carnegie Shadowing Group, and we're all very excited!

We started off by deciding on a group name, and after a slightly slow start to the vote we settled on 'Debden Shadow Knights' (passionately suggested by Sam!)

After introductions and a quick discussion about what we have read so far, it seems that 'The Wall', 'Blood Family', and 'All The Truth That's In Me' are our most popular reads so far. (There have been requests for 'Blood Family' to come with an age limit because of the amount of swearing in it, but there was a bit of dispute over this...)

Next week we're looking forward to taking our group photo, and really getting the discussion underway!

Madam Fonda


Posted on: 28 Apr 2014



The Final Countdown!
Today was the big day - we decided which was our Carnegie winner! 'Weight of Water' won with a landslide seven votes. Asher picked the following poem as his personal favourite from the story:

"Mama is alive again, A little bit alive.

She isn't singing.

But now and then she Hums

Without meaning to."

Our second and third places were awarded to 'Midwinterblood' and 'Code Name Verity', respectively. We all thought they were exciting, well-written stories, and we thoroughly enjoyed reading them.

After casting our votes we decided on a new poll question (see our homepage to vote!) and two new favourite quotes:

"What if the football hadn't gone over the wall?" - 'Maggot Moon' (Chosen by Manpreet)

"I followed you." - 'Midwinterblood' (Chosen by Stephanie)


Posted on: 12 Jun 2013



Videos and Water
(This blog is two weeks late, but better late than never!)

This week we spent a while discussing the books we've been reading. So far 'The Weight of Water' is proving to be one of the most popular books. A couple of people (including Madam Longman and Madam Fonda!) have both said they loved the book, especially the way the story is told through a series of short poems.

We also watched some of the author videos, so we could better understand the background of the books. After we had watched the videos we decided we should have a poll question each week. See our home page for updates!

Quotes of the week:

"Your deeds are your monuments." - Wonder (Chosen by Amy, Sophie and Caitlin)

"How do you eat an elephant? Bit by tiny bit." - Maggot Moon (Chosen by Dominic)


Posted on: 12 Jun 2013



The Biscuit Monster
We met for the second time last week. Daniel the Biscuit Monster was out in force (we might have to start keeping a tally about how many he gets through...!) Everyone was very happy to discuss their books so far. Most people were thoroughly enjoying their books, but there were a couple of mixed reviews about one or two titles. We also had a heated discussion to design our homepage, and are all finally happy with the design. Watch this space for any changes! Madam Fonda
Posted on: 13 May 2013



Ready for reading
We met for the first time last week and I was so pleased with how eager the students were to choose their books. Carnegie Shadowing is by far my favourite activity of the year. I am looking forward to seeing the students next week so we can "funk up" our page together. Mrs Longman - LRC Manager
Posted on: 30 Apr 2013



End of the year
Now that the year and the group is coming to a end, we decided to add a few comments from our students: "We had fun, especially when everyone spammed on the poll question "Is trash really trash" - Petrit "The group was awesome because we had cookies" - Shama "There was fun and joyful members in the group" - Dominic "The group was amazing and I'm going to miss getting together" - Danny Its been a good year and everyone is looking foward to it next year! Goodbye!
Posted on: 09 Jul 2012



Dynomo's decorate webpage
We gathered in the LRC this week and decided to funk up our webpage. Aiden from Yr9 took charge and all the students voted on what they would like on our page and we were all happy with the results. After tucking into mini doughnuts and juice we voted on which question to chose for "Our Poll" and all voted. We are looking forward to seeing how many votes have been cast.
Posted on: 23 May 2012



Debden Dynamo's are ready and reading
With our group name decided and cookies and juice flowing we have gone full steam ahead with our book group this year. We have posted our new picture of the group on our page for the world to see!
Posted on: 17 May 2012



Shortlisted books ordered
Well it is great to have the shortlisted books ordered and a list of students who are much awaiting there arrival. The group will be meeting together for the first time as soon as the books arrive. The only problem I have is which book to read first!
Posted on: 23 Apr 2012



Who wins????
Well we are all waiting to find out the results of who has won the medal this year. It was hard choosing a winning group book as we were all passionate about what we have read. We had to take a group vote to decide. Looking forward to our next group meeting next week.
Posted on: 16 Jun 2011



Photo finally posted!
I have posted our group photo on our web page today. Not all of 0our group members were present for the photo so I may post another at a later date. We have officially "funked up" our page and we are all very happy with the results.
Posted on: 20 May 2011



Debden Dinosaurs discuss
We met for the second time yesterday and the group were excited about discussing what they had read so far. We have all been taken by surprise at how much we have enjoyed some of the books we may not have chosen usually. We got a chance to add some reviews to the website. We also took a picture of the group which should be on the website shortly.
Posted on: 19 May 2011



Debden's Dynamic Dinosaurs Dine On Literiture
The first meeting of the group started brilliantly, everyone in the group got to meet each other for the first time. The group contains some of the most gifted and talented readers from year 7 and a few from year 8 (ME!). After nice introduction we got down to business and started talking about which books we would want to take out. The meeting ended on all of us taking our favorite books away with us! Cant wait for next weeks meeting on wednesday!
Posted on: 11 May 2011





Posted on: 15 May 2009



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