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Redbridge Children’s Book Award 2017

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On the last Thursday of June, Redbridge Town Hall was crowded with excited, enthusiastic readers and budding writers along with their school librarians and teachers to celebrate the 2017 Redbridge Children’s Book Awards.  A panel of five of the shortlisted authors – Peter Bunzl, Anne Cassidy, Christopher Edge, Kathryn Evans and Teri Terry – talked about their reading journeys and how authors, Neil Gaiman, Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl and books, Watership Down and Wuthering Heights inspired them to become writers. I won’t mention the author who skipped school to meet Neil Gaiman.  They also answered questions on topics ranging from where they like to write – which varied  from on the train, in a shed, any quiet space to thinking story plots while walking round Ilford shopping – to which character they would choose to be from their books.

RCBA_ICHSStudents from 17 secondary schools and 9 primary schools across Redbridge, Havering and Newham voted for their favourite children’s and teenage book published in 2016 and they eagerly awaited the results.

The Many Worlds by Albie Bright by Christopher Edge, won the Children’s category and Flawed by Cecilia Ahern won the Teenage category.   We were delighted that Christopher was able to attend to receive his award.  Cecilia sent a video acceptance speech.

It was also a chance for the winners of the writing and poetry competitions to be presented with their prizes.  The poetry competition was judged by David Fulton, lecturer in Creative Writing at Brunel University and the short story competition was judged by author and Head of Bancrofts Prep School, Joe Layburn.

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Time by Amber Kwong from Woodford County High School won the junior poetry competition and I See a Lily on the Breeze by Naomi Blakely from Trinity Catholic High School won the teenage category.

The Astounding Story of Salt Bae by Theo Newton from Wanstead High School won the junior short story competition and No Going Back by Jessica Johnson from Wanstead High School won the teenage  category.  Winners were presented with a book token, a fiction book and a copy of this year’s anthology of all shortlisted poems and stories.

Guest Author: Nina Simon

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Holly Black and Emily Lockhart get the kids votes in the Redbridge Children’s Book Awards 2015

Reading for pleasure and creative writing is thriving in Redbridge schools.  On Thursday 25 June 2015, around 200 young readers, budding writers and their school librarians and teachers celebrated this year’s Redbridge Children’s Book Awards in a vibrant, exciting ceremony at Redbridge Town Hall.

Students from 14 secondary schools and 9 primary schools across Redbridge and Newham voted for their favourite children’s and teenage book published in 2014.

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra, won the Children’s category and We Were Liars by E Lockhart won the Teenage Category.

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We were delighted to have six of the shortlisted authors, Sita Brahmachri, Kevin Brooks, Keren David, A.F. Harrold, Polly Ho-Yen and Bali Rai, attend.  They answered varied questions from eager students and signed copies of their books.  Emily Lockhart, who was unable to attend, sent a message saying “I am honoured and happy.  Libraries have been my home since childhood and they are home to so many children and teens.  Long may we all read and share and celebrate books.”

It was also a chance for the winners of the writing and poetry competitions to be presented with their prizes by the Mayor, Cllr Barbara White.  The poetry competition was judged by David Fulton, lecturer in Creative Writing at Brunel University and the short story competition was judged by author and Head of Bancrofts Prep School, Joe Layburn.

Esther Ukhueleigbe from Ray Lodge Primary School won the years 6 and 7 poetry competition with her poem, Make it GreenKanishk Panchal from The Palmer Academy, Ilford  won the year 8 and above category with the poem Our Cursed Elements.

Jessica Johnson from Wanstead High School won the years 6 and 7 short story competition with her story, My Father, The WomanFreddie Cochran from Wanstead High School won year 8 and above  category  with his story, The Shirt.  Winners were presented with a book token, a fiction book and a copy of this year’s anthology of all shortlisted poems and stories.

Our thanks to everyone who attended, especially the authors who gave up their time to be present and who made the afternoon so special, students and teachers who participated so enthusiastically and most of all, the Redbridge Schools’ Library Service team who worked  very hard behind the scenes to ensure the afternoon was such a success.

The book award is organised by Redbridge Schools’ Library Service and sponsored by MLS (Micro Librarian Systems).

Nina Simon
Manager Redbridge Schools’ Library Service


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Handball Secondary School Competition

On Wednesday 23 April, the second Redbridge Schools Handball Competition washeld at SportHouse, the purpose built Olympic Handball training centre in Barking & Dagenham.

Nine Schools (including three out of borough schools) attended with a total of 18 teams split across three competitions. Congratulations to all of those who took part.

Oaks Park Girls Runners Up 

Results:

Girls mixed years
1st The Palmer Catholic Academy
2nd Oaks Park High School

 Boys years 8-9
1st The Palmer Catholic Academy
2nd Wanstead High School 

Boys year 10s
1st Wanstead High School
2nd Oaks Park High School

Most Improved
Mayfield Boys

Handball sessions continue at Sporthouse on Wednesday evenings from 5pm at just £1 per session. For more details call 020 3004 4123

Post Author: Jenni Sheehan


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Welcome to the Redbridge Schools’ Library Service New Feature!

Last week the Carnegie Shortlist was announced and it was interesting to see that only one of the books chosen is on our Redbridge Children’s Book Award Shortlist this year.  Students have been busy reading and have voted for their top five children’s titles and top five teen titles published in 2013.  Voting for the winners will take place at the end of May and announced at our Award Ceremony at the Town Hall on Thursday 26 June.

Children’s Shortlist

 

 

Teen Shortlist

 

CILIP Carnegie Medal 2014 shortlist:

All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry (Templar)

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks (Puffin)

The Child’s Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnston (David Fickling Books)

Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper (Bodley Head)

Blood Family by Anne Fine (Doubleday)

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell (Faber & Faber)

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead (Andersen Press)

The Wall by William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury)

 

 

Post Author: Nina Simon (SLS manager)


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Free School Sessions for Redbridge Schools

Would you like to explore life in a pond from a Frog’s point of view?  Then come and join us for ‘Life Under the Surface’, an exciting craft workshop that celebrates the variety of wildlife living in UK ponds.

Learn about the importance of biodiversity through a fun filled talk with questions, games and videos. Then put what you have learnt into action building giant pond creatures! Your work will be used to create an amazing underwater themed exhibition to help visitors to the centre more about the weird and wonderful animals living in ponds.

School sessions run daily: 11th-14th, and 18th-21st March 2013. Morning sessions: 10.30am-12pm, Afternoon session: 1pm-2.30pm. Please pass this information on to anyone who may be interested!

Suitable for Key stages 1&2

Run by Froglife, a national wildlife charity committed to the conservation of frogs, toads, newts, snakes and lizards – and saving the habitats they depend on.

To book your FREE session please contact the Nature Conservation Rangers on 0208 5592316 or nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk

Post Author: Tess Pettinger 


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Handball Taster Day and Club Sessions!

Funding has been secured through the Sportivate Programme for East London to run a Handball taster day and launch a new Club for East London.  The funding has been received for participants from Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge.

The taster day will be run by qualified coaches and will run on Wednesday 29 January at Sporthouse, Mayesbrook Park, Lodge Avenue, Dagenham RM8 2JR from 9.30am until 3.30pm.  The day is for young people from years 7 to 11 and will run during the following times:

9.30am to 12.15pm for years 7 & 8 mixed

12.45pm to 3.30pm for years 9 to 11 mixed

The day will be a mixture of skills activities and competitive games with participants being split into teams for the day working with the coaches.  All abilities are welcome.

It is planned that some members of the GB Olympic Squad will be attending on the day to assist with the coaching and competitive play throughout the day.

This taster day is to introduce participants to the Sporthouse venue and launch the club sessions which will begin the following week.  Participants will be asked to select a name for the new Handball Club.

All schools attending the taster day will be put into a draw to win 4 hours of free court space on one of the courts.

All participants that select the winning name will be entered into a draw to win a free badminton court for 1 hour for up to 4 people.

The Club sessions will be split for the age groups and will be run as follows:

4.30pm to 5.30pm for years 7 & 8 mixed session

5.30pm to 6.30pm for years 9 to 11 mixed session.

Each session will cost £2 per participant and this will be used to sustain the club once the Sportivate funding has finished.

 

If you are interested in attending the taster day please contact Claire Eaton at Sporthouse with the following information:

Name of School:

Number of Participants:

Sessions Attending – Morning or afternoon

For more information please contact Claire Eaton at Sporthouse on 020 3004 4123 or email claire.eaton@sporthouse.co.uk

 


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Sportivate Handball Competition Results!

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Yesterday Redbridge schools took part in a Sportivate Handball Competition. To find out more about the competition check out our earlier blog post.

A massive well done to all who took part in the games! We’ve got the scores for you below:

Girls

Winners- The Palmer Catholic Academy

Runners Up- Wanstead 1

Boys Year 9/10

Winners- The Palmer Catholic Academy

Runners Up- Seven Kings 2

Boys Year 11

Winners- Oaks Park 1

Runners Up- Oaks Park 3

The Most Improved School Award went to Seven Kings.

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