Book Club

Book Club will recommence on Friday 27th at 1.40 in Room 19.

This year our Senior and Junior book clubs will come together to work together as one.

We look forward to meeting you all on Friday in Room 19 where we will discuss our mid-term choice!

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Literacy Board and Poem of the Month

Our Literacy Board is prominently placed right at the centre of our school building and is a very popular resource for all students with helpful hints and tips. Thank you to Ms. Walsh for her hard work with the Literacy Board.

It is also a space where we can promote some of the activities of the department – our annual Readathon for MS Ireland is currently running. All First Year students are participating in the readathon and are really enjoying their chosen books.

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The English Department has also started a Poem of the Month initiative where each year group will nominate a poem per month for the entire school to enjoy. The poem is read to the school via intercom at the beginning of the month and displayed for all students to see on our literacy board.

To start the initiative off the English Teachers chose the Thomas Hardy poem ‘Last Week in October’ – a fitting poem for the week leading up to our well deserved mid-term break.

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The Department were also busy attending the annual Irish National Organisation of Teachers of English conference in Hotel Kilkenny on Saturday October 15th.

Pictured at the conference are Ms. Doran, Ms. Walsh and Ms. O’Regan.

ipad-oct-16-045Our Junior and Senior Book Clubs are also up and running along with Public Speaking and Debating! October has been a really busy month for the English Department.

Welcome to a new school year!

A very big welcome to our new English teachers Ms. Duggan and Ms. O’Regan. We also say Happy New School Year to our returning students and another big welcome to our new First Years. We look forward to working with you all and creating some wonderful English work this year.

Junior and Senior Book Club will return and new members are always most welcome. Debating will be on the agenda this year and we look forward to participating in the MS Readathon. We are also very excited to continue our Pen Pal programme with students in Dubai and are delighted to extend the programme to another school in the UK.

Keep an eye on our literacy board for some top tips and as always watch out for the “What I am reading” notices on teachers’ classroom doors!

Looking forward to a great year ahead!

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Junior Book Club Meeting 3

The Junior Book Club met on Friday 29th at lunchtime to discuss the books they had read over the past month. “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” was the theme of the previous meeting and the students chose their books differently. Each book was covered in brown paper and a brief blurb written on the outside to help students to decide which book was the one for them. The challenge was met with great enthusiasm!

A lively discussion was held at the meeting and the students thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. It was wonderful to learn that, although the books chosen we not from their usual genre, the students enjoyed their choices for the most part. Some students had decided to purchase other books by the author of their chosen challenge book.

We also discussed the books they had received as gifts at Christmas. The Junior Book Club are enjoying reading for pleasure. Our next book is The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Library Catalogue

We are currently preparing a catalogue of all books in our school library. To do this we are using Librarything.com which is online and will allow everyone to see our stock of books. We are also looking forward to adding some new books to our library in the near future.

Here is the link to our library catalogue ….. we are still updating so it is not complete just yet!

http://www.librarything.com/catalog/BorrisVS

 

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Junior and Senior Christmas Book Club Meeting

Junior and Senior Book Club met for their Christmas club on Friday 18th December. The Senior members helped guide the Junior members in their discussion of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. All of the Junior members were enthusiastic in their response to their first book club text. Some welcome chocolate Christmas treats also helped the discussion along.

Following the discussion the Junior Students were brought to a table to choose their next text. This was selection with a bit of a difference as several covered books had been placed on a table with a blurb about each one written on the outside. This was to help students not to “judge the book by its cover”. The students were intrigued and delighted to choose their books for some Christmas reading for pleasure.

The Senior members of Book Club then turned to their own selection for some Christmas reading- a change of genre for the group- the work of John Grisham. Each member has a different book from the Grisham collection and will discuss the author and his style at the next meeting in 2016. We look forward to a lively discussion!

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