Sputnik's Guide To Life On Earth
Our first proper Carnegie Club meeting of 2017 focussed on 'Sputnik's Guide To Life On Earth'. We discussed the true story of Laika, the first space creature in space before trying to defy gravity ourselves by making bottle rockets! Only two of them actually took off but we learned from our mistakes and we might try again later in the term to see if we can make our rockets fly higher!
This week's book will be Wolf Hollow. - Mrs Clifford-Smith
Posted on: 24 Apr 2017
Carnegie Awards Ceremony - The Results!
For anyone who wasn't able to attend our awards ceremony at lunch time today, here are the results!
BEST COVER: The Lie Tree
FUNNIEST BOOK: Fire Colour One
SADDEST BOOK: One
BEST CHARACTER: Faith from The Lie Tree
MOST HATED VILLAIN: Hannah from Fire Colour One (by a very, very big margin!)
OVERALL WINNER: One.
Sarah Crossan is Plashet's choice for the second year in a row! Check the Carnegie website on Monday to find out which book will be awarded the Carnegie Medal for 2016! - Mrs Clifford-Smith
Posted on: 17 Jun 2016
Carnegie Awards Ceremony!
If you haven't done so already, please complete the poll on our Carnegie homepage! We need to know how many people would like us to provide food for the Awards Ceremony on Friday 17th June! - Mrs Clifford-Smith
Posted on: 08 Jun 2016
Eating all the food before Ramadan starts
An update on our Carnegie Club meetings for anyone who wasn't able to attend! In recent weeks we've participated in some food-themed activities. Inspired by Faith's experiences in The Lie Tree we tasted some unusual fruit including Turkish green plums, ugli fruit and tamarillos. We also attempted to forge Yves Klein's painting Fire Colour One using cake, raisins and icing. Fatima's superb effort is now our group photo for Plashet's shadowing page. We tried to build bridges using old newspapers which were supposed to take the weight of a small cat, combining two of the themes from The Rest Of Us Just Live Here, although the terrible collapse of the Year 9 and 10 bridge will remain in the memories of those involved for some time to come. Lies We Tell Ourselves inspired a fascinating game of 'two truths and a lie'. Finally, we discussed conjoined twins during our meeting on One and tried some mini challenges which required coordination between two people working as a pair. We have one book left to discuss, so join us on Friday 10th June when we will focus on There Will Be Lies. Have a great half term! - Mrs Clifford-Smith
Posted on: 27 May 2016
Carnegie Club schedule change
Mrs Clifford-Smith would like to apologise for postponing the Carnegie Club meeting on Friday 6th May as she was out of school. The next meeting will be on MONDAY 9TH MAY instead and the book of the week will be The Lie Tree.
Posted on: 09 May 2016
Five Children on the Western Front
Welcome back to the Year 10 members of Carnegie Club - hope you all enjoyed Work Experience! While you were away we discussed The Ghosts of Heaven (again) and Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders. The latter book is set during the First World War and looks at the roles women played in supporting the war effort, including volunteering as first aiders so Ms Adam, our School Nurse, visited our meeting and taught us some basic first aid skills. Join us on Friday at lunch time for a discussion of this week's book, One by Sarah Crossan! - Mrs Clifford-Smith
Posted on: 27 Apr 2016
The Ghosts of Heaven
During our last Carnegie Club meeting we looked at The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick. We have discussed this book before the shortlist was announced when older members of the club made artwork from newspaper spirals. As Year 10 are away on work experience at the moment, I thought we could revisit the book and look at a different aspect of it. The first story in the collection, Whispers in the Dark, considers the early development of written language and so, following on from this idea, we thought about how symbols can represent words or concepts. This led nicely into a game of Pictionary!
This week's book will be Five Children on the Western Front. Join us on Friday at lunchtime for more details! - Mrs Clifford-Smith
Posted on: 18 Apr 2016
All of the new Carnegie books are now available in the libraries! Pick up yours before the end of school tomorrow! Students in Year 10 - don't worry about work experience, we will renew your books to make sure you don't get any fines.
Posted on: 23 Mar 2016
Carnegie Club returns for 2016!
The shortlist has been announced! This means that our two Carnegie Clubs have merged and students from all year groups are now welcome to join us in the South Library at lunchtimes on Fridays.
Posted on: 17 Mar 2016
Apple and Rain voted Plashet's Winner!
At our Carnegie Celebration on Monday 15th June, Apple and Rain took most of the honours as Plashet students voted it top in four categories! It won Best Cover, Saddest Book and Overall Winner, while Apple herself was crowned Best Character. The Funniest Book award went to When Mr Dog Bites and the Most Hated Villain was The Driver from More Than This. Well done to everyone who took part in Carnegie shadowing this year and we hope to see you again in the autumn when Carnegie Club 2016 will be back with next year's longlist! - Mrs Clifford-Smith
Posted on: 18 Jun 2015
Carnegie Club this week
As all of Year 9 will be out of school on a trip on Thursday 7th May, our Carnegie meeting will be a catch-up session for students in Years 8 and 10 who may have missed some of the books we have discussed. Normal service will be resumed next week so the Year 9s don't miss out on anything!
Posted on: 06 May 2015
Gingerbread and Tents
Thank you to everyone who has posted their reviews. Our page is looking a lot less empty now!
For those people who haven't been able to attend Carnegie meetings since we returned after Easter and were wondering what has been going on, here's another update!
Last week we looked at The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean. This book is set in Australia and the lead character Comity's best friend is an Aboriginal Australian. In one scene, Comity and Fred decorate themselves with body paint and invent a dance in the hope of summoning spirits to remove a gentleman they dislike. We took this as our inspiration and created our own body painting designs with gingerbread men and icing.
This week's book was Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman. The story follows a girl born into slavery in the southern states of the USA. When slavery is abolished, she is unsure what to do with her life and ends up joining the US army disguised as a boy. Her army career brings her into contact with Native American tribes, one of which is the Apache. The Apache were nomadic and travelled around the country, building shelters rather than permanent homes. Unfortunately we don't have the resources to build shelters in school so we tried the modern day equivalent and pitched a tent on the school field!
I'm still planning for next week's meeting, so watch this space!
Posted on: 30 Apr 2015
Carnegie 2015 So Far...
It's been a long time since our blog was updated (oops!) So far this year we've looked at three of the shortlisted titles. We discussed Tinder during our longlist shadowing and played a game of Beetle to see how it felt to have your life guided by the roll of a die. More recently we made twig dolls like those mentioned in Cuckoo Song and our efforts are on display in both libraries. Before the Easter holidays, we had an Apple and Rain themed meeting and played a version of Truth or Dare (one which was considerably less embarrassing than the one Apple takes part in!) Today we will be looking at The Middle of Nowhere - there will be food, so try to get to the South Library as early as you can!
Posted on: 23 Apr 2015
Two meetings left!
The winner of the Carnegie Medal is announced on Monday 23rd June. Unfortunately, that's our Sports Day so we will hold our own awards ceremony on Friday 27th June. That means we have two Carnegie meetings left! Tomorrow we will be looking at The Child's Elephant and next week it will be Rooftoppers. - Mrs Clifford-Smith
Posted on: 18 Jun 2014
I'm very pleased to say that by selling our lovely healthy homemade ice lollies on Friday, we managed to raise a fantastic £68.30 for the NSPCC! Well done everyone for all of your efforts! - Mrs Clifford-Smith
Posted on: 16 Jun 2014
Mrs Clifford-Smith will not be in school on Thursday 5th June so our next Carnegie meeting will be on FRIDAY 6th June instead! If you haven't finished the god's eyes we made before half term (or if you would like to make another one for a library display) we still have plenty of sticks and wool so please ask at the South Library desk if you would like some more!
Posted on: 04 Jun 2014
Jack Petchey Award Winner
Congratulations to Mahveen of 8S who has won a Jack Petchey Award for her involvement with the Carnegie Shadowing group! Mahveen has been an enthusiastic member of the group and has encouraged several other Year 8 students to join us. She even managed to persuade Miss Patel to read The Bunker Diary! Well done Mahveen! - Mrs. Clifford-Smith
Posted on: 23 May 2014
Well, we've been so busy recently that I haven't updated the blog in a while! In recent weeks we played Kim's Game (a memory game) and had a blindfolded taste test to celebrate Liar & Spy, built our own bunkers out of cardboard boxes inspired by The Bunker Diary and made 'God's eyes', a traditional Native American craft. (A disclaimer: God's eyes are traditional in what are now the southern states of the United States and Mexico. Ghost Hawk is set in the Massachusetts area in what is now north eastern USA. I'm sure you'll forgive me!) We've also decided that as there is NOTHING entertaining about child abuse, instead of having a meeting looking at Blood Family, we will raise money to donate to the NSPCC. More information will follow after half term! - Mrs Clifford-Smith
Posted on: 23 May 2014
Build Your Own Log Cabin
At tomorrow's Carnegie meeting, we will be looking at All The Truth That's In Me. Inspired by the character of Lucas, we will be making log cabins out of chocolate fingers. A prize will be awarded for the best cabin!
Join us in the South Library at 1.15pm. - Mrs Clifford-Smith
Posted on: 23 Apr 2014
At next week's shadowing meeting, we will be decorating cupcakes with Carnegie-inspired themes. Join us in the South Library at 1.15pm to share your creative vision (and eat free cake!) - Mrs Clifford-Smith
Posted on: 27 Mar 2014
Carnegie Shadowing is back for 2014!
The Carnegie shortlist has been announced! Please collect a letter from the library staff if you would like to take part in shadowing this stage of the award process.
Congratulations to everyone who won prizes as part of 'Carnegie Bingo'. Sadly for the second year running no one managed a 'full house' but there's always hope for next year! - Mrs Clifford-Smith
Posted on: 24 Mar 2014
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