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Exams! One! Exams!
The library is busy and there are lots of exams happening at the moment. Students are revising, researching and reading. The group has been voting for their favourite author, writing reviews besides dealing with lots revision and study. Some of the members are reading or have been reading Sarah Crossan’s One which is story about conjoined twins. We hear the story from the perspective of one of the twins and if you’ve read it, you will realise why it is from the perspective of one of them and therefore the title. What is interesting about this book is that it has short chapters which several members of the group liked and made a change from long stories. The story is told in verse, like a poem and this makes the book highly readable. An interesting and amazing story. Thought provoking stuff!
Posted on: 14 Jun 2016

Race, lack of logic and the lies we tell ourselves
We had an amazing discussion today about racism, skin tones, and American history and segregation. Many club members have read or are currently reading the Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley and it was mentioned how odd the logic was for the rationale behind racist beliefs. This is a shocking but engaging look at the first black students attending a school for white students in 1950s America. One member was appalled by the term ‘emotional issues’ in reference to black pupil’s experiences in the book. This showed that experiences by black students were not taken seriously or valued. The group was just astonished by how recent some of the events regarding race and discrimination in America have been. The test case, ( for mixed relationships in America took place as late as 1967, when a black and white couple in the late 1950s were arrested and jailed due to being a racially mixed couple. Myself and a member of the group would have had our parents behind bars depending on which state they lived in at this time. How crazy? How ridiculous? The group talked about abuse and had some, but very little racial abuse directed at them, but some of the Asian members had received abuse from other Asians about their darker skin tone and talked about cultural assumptions made about skin tones. Isn’t it the year 2016? Crazy!
Posted on: 12 May 2016

Carnegie Club, writing reviews and voting...
Carnegie Club took place today during lunch and it was great to hear what members liked to read personally. Each person’s reading choices were quite varied, with some liking sci-fi and others liking mysteries and dectective stories. One group member wrote her review too which can be for some quite hard to do. Thinking about a story, how it was written and remembering key events can be tricky, especially if you lack confidence. I love writing reviews because it is a way of encouraging and helping people to select their book choices. Review writing is encouraged at Oaklands and young people are given rewards for their reviews. Besides having classes in The Learning Hub pupils are voting right now in mock elections. There are three choices so around the school are fliers and posters of red, blue and green. I wonder who will win? Watch this space!
Posted on: 04 May 2016

Think Again!
It is shocking to think that in some parts of the world people do not have the right to a decent education. All people should have that opportunity. In the past in America there was racial segregation and black people didn’t have the same rights as everyone else. If you think that parts of the Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley can’t be based on truth, then think again and read this:
Posted on: 27 Apr 2016

The Sun Shines and So Does The Learning Hub
It may be windy, but the sun’s light glows and shines. The Carnegie Medal shortlist looks great and I am looking forward to reading these along with students. It wasn’t all that long ago that we celebrated Bengali New Year when students and staff dressed up. There was a beautiful display of green and red in The Learning Hub and today my colleague put up our Carnegie Medal displays in the library. I put up some promotional leaflets and information too. I promoted the Carnegie Medal to an English group in the library today and some of the books were borrowed which was great. Look forward to seeing the reviews of these books. I am currently reading the Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley and the first few chapters are powerful and thought provoking. This is an amazing and shocking story. You feel for some of the characters in the book. Not read it? Get to it!
Posted on: 21 Apr 2016