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Beaconsfield High School
Beaconsfield, Bucks

09/05/14 "Meeting"
Three words: reviews, competition, chocolate! Kitty
Posted on: 09 May 2014



21st March 2014 Book Count
Total number: 9 out of a possible 88! No.of people: 11 Average:0.81818181...
Posted on: 24 Mar 2014



First Main Carnegie Meeting?
So per norm, half off the club started the meeting by getting chips from the canteen! However, while waiting for them to get back, Charlotte and Rebecca gave me some key information. Josie is telepathic, 5 to two o'clock is prime time for chips and Rebecca steals Rainbows' chocolate icing. Finally, when we get started talking about BOOKS, we watch Anne Fine talking about her shortlister, Blood Family. While listening to her read from her book, Charlotte informed me that there were too many sprinkles on her cupcake! Before listening to William Sutcliffe and his book, The Wall, there was a SECOND canteen run! Many of us pointed out that The Wall had a similar link to Maggot Moon with a ball going over a fence. Soon Rebecca is going into a historical rant- boring much (of course I'm kidding Rebecca...). Anyway after that we were told off for "thinking about our stomachs"- sorry Mrs Harris. Next it was a lesson about the Jews after the WWII and a politics argument but, the only thing going through my head was the question "Are we going back to books any time soon?" Next it was Ukraine and Afghanistan, and we finished our "meeting" with a YouTube clip of the Lithuanian Eurovision song contest entry.
Posted on: 23 Mar 2014



Time
So, we have a couple of weeks left until we meet with other schools to discuss the shortlist and our holiday is now over. This may mean that our pace now slows down, but we still have Friday. Yes, we have an inset day just four days after starting school again. Yay!
Posted on: 15 Apr 2012



Marcus Sedgwick Day!
We had a great time on 13th May. Marcus did a brilliant and inspiring presentation to Year 8. This was then followed by lunch in the LRC study area with members of the Book Club. For once the Noisiest Book Club in the World became quiet and respectful, asking many questions of Marcus and listening to his responses. We were also given some top secret information about his forthcoming book - can't wait for it's publication.
Posted on: 18 May 2011





Posted on: 06 May 2011



Meeting tomorrow!!
Tomorrow we have another meeting for our new shortlist of 2011. Well done if you've already put a review up, and if you haven't get reviewing. I know you may not have read all the Carnegie books, but Greenaway books also need reviewing and most of you have read at least some of those.
Posted on: 04 May 2011



It's tomorrow!
Can't believe that we're off to the Awards tomorrow. We had two local newspapers come into school today to take photos. The articles about us winning the competition should be in this week. One of our members has been off ill this week, but her mum has informed us that she'll be OK for tomorrow. I walked down to the railway station and bought the tickets today. Final bits of paper work were completed, so that's it! The final vote last Friday put Chains and Cats as overall contenders (although, I'm still going for Nation and Leon!). We'll find out live tomorrow - much better than a letter in the post and the originally planned picnic.
Posted on: 23 Jun 2010



More reviews needed!
Although we have won and are going to the awards we still need more reviews so can everyone continue posting. I know that loads of you have read books and not posted reviews. So get reviewing!
Posted on: 15 Jun 2010



1st meeting after we found out that we had won!
On Tuesday we had our first meeting since we found out that we had won and everyone was in such high spirits. We hope that all of the authors. Rebecca really wants Terry Pratchett to be there- he is her favorite author, but we are not sure if he will be able to come. Lets keep our fingers crossed. None of us can wait for the trip into London. Lets just hope that the juges realise exactly how noisy we are. We are not the steriotypical book club.
Posted on: 12 Jun 2010



Awards Ceremony will be awsome!!!!!...
Everyone that I have spoken to was sooo excited at the idea of going to the awards ceremony. This is so amazing and I think that I am probably as excited at Christmas when I see all of the presents under the tree. This will be my 2nd trip at Becky High and I know that I will love it, as will everyone else. It is the chance of a life time and we are going to love it. Another big thank you to Tilly and Nina and everyone else that helped to make our web page great.
Posted on: 07 Jun 2010



We're going to the Awards ceremony!!!!
We've won!! After a relaxing week off work (reading Chains and finishing Nation) I thought I'd better check my work email and guess what? We really have won and are going to London on 24th June. Congratulations to you all and see you tomorrow!
Posted on: 06 Jun 2010



Video Complete
At last Nina, who has worked very hard, has completed the video. The theme chosen was sounds and words which relate to or sum up all the titles in the Carnegie and Greenaway shortlists. It was a real team effort to come up with the ideas, using the VLE forum for everyone to post up ideas, plus some last minute discussions in yesterdays meeting. Well done. Now it's down to me (Mrs Harris!) to upload it.
Posted on: 26 May 2010



21st May book club
This was one of the most sensible book clubs. We had a vote on which books had a chance of winning and decided to change our poll. We have decided that Crazy Hair cannot win and Rebecca actually likes The Vanishing!!! The rest of us are in shock.
Posted on: 21 May 2010



First Meeting and video
Great to get everyone together last Friday. Unfortunately the photo taken by Mrs Collins couldn't be used, so we'll have to try again! Things are really moving now with books being read and reviews written. Shadowing the Greenaway as well this year has proved very popular, with lots of oohs and aahs about the books - particularly the one with cats! We're now at the discussion stage for our video and a forum has been set up on the VLE asking for suggestions.
Posted on: 04 May 2010




This is our first meeting of the Carniegie 2010 and we are thinking of way to jazz up our home page. Looking at past Carnigie films and pages we have now got some amazing ideas as to how to make are page 100 times better than last years...
Posted on: 30 Apr 2010




Judging from our poll its quite easy to presume that the Vanishing will not win, there may be a few suisides if it does. Also by the looks of things the Graveyard Book wont either, sorry Mrs Harris.
Posted on: 24 Apr 2010



Books Have Arrived!
Whilst I went to have a cup of tea this morning the box of books with copies of all the shortlisted books arrived! I'll try and get them ready for Monday. My only disappointment is that's an INSET day and the Book Club members aren't here to get their hands on the books. Role on Monday! (The cats book for the Greenaway is brilliant!)
Posted on: 23 Apr 2010



Short Lists Announced at Last!
I was so excited to come into work this morning and to open the email from CILIP with the short lists. Eight books on the Carnegie! That'll keep us all busy. Pleased to see The Graveyard Book on the list, as I thought that was an intriguing and compelling read. Never too sure about sequels being on the list, although I enjoyed the Ask and the Answer more than the Knife of Never Letting Go. I will have another stab at reading The Vanishing of Katharina Linden. Rebecca will be overjoyed to see Terry Pratchett on the list! Can't wait to read Chains, as all students that have read it have had very positive comments to make. It'll be the first year we've shadowed the Greenaway, so can't wait to see the picture books. Interesting to see The Graveyard Book on list as well - could it win both titles? I am certain that there will be plenty of discussion, debating and arguing(?) in The Book Club and that we're going to have a great term considering which we think worthy of winning the Awards on 24th June. Mrs Harris
Posted on: 23 Apr 2010



New Shortlist
We have been looking at all of the new books and can't wait to start reading them...
Posted on: 23 Apr 2010



Tears of sadness / joy at new books
We have one day left until we get the new page and we will miss everything about this page dearly, especially as we put so much time into it (what a waste). GOODBYE!!!! :(
Posted on: 22 Apr 2010





Posted on: 22 May 2009



3rd Meeting
We had a great meeting and really enjoyed discussing all the books. We had a look at our webpage and edited it. We all had great fun and went away with some more of the books to read
Posted on: 19 May 2009



Interviewing
Today we took some interesting and opinionated interviews with some of the oldest and most mature members of KS3 bookclub. They will be posted on our fantastic,awesome webpage. I hope when it gets up it will be interesting. Videos from the other schools were also great!
Posted on: 14 May 2009





Posted on: 08 May 2009



Second meeting of the Carnegie
We have just met for our second week at Shadowing the Carnegie. We had some very interesting discussions and are hoping for more reviews to be put up on our website. We can't wait to find out who will win! We have been looking at the carnegie website and we have been looking at all the authors. Bye bye!
Posted on: 08 May 2009





Posted on: 08 May 2009



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