The Big Butterfly Count

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Here’s one idea for the summer holidays!

Take part in the Big Butterfly Count which runs until 6th August.

http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/

How to take part

You simply go outside and count how many butterflies you can see in 15 minutes.

On the website is a downloadable identification chart or there is a free app which you can download onto a phone. Once you have counted you then upload your results.

Why take part? 

Butterflies in the UK are facing “a vital” period following a worrying decline in their numbers, naturalist Sir David Attenborough has warned.
The TV broadcaster said some of the UK’s most common species have suffered “significant declines” in recent years.

Read more here in a BBC news article:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40598401 

On the Big Butterfly Count website is a map showing you where people have counted and how many different butterflies they have seen. It would be great to see lots of Guernsey participants this year!

You could try counting in different places around Guernsey and see where and when you spot the most butterflies, or where you find the most different species of butterfly.

Happy counting!

Summer Reading Challenge

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This week we launched the Summer Reading Challenge in assembly and all children should have now brought home a flyer.

The theme this year is Animal Agents, and over the course of the challenge children can collect stickers and clues to solve a mystery!

Children have been challenged to read at least 6 books while the challenge runs from 15th July – 15th September. These can be any kind of picture books, stories, non-fiction books, comics and even audio books.

You can pop into the library any time to pre-register or complete an online registration form by clicking here. Your challenge pack will then be ready to collect from the 15th of July from the Children’s Library in town.

All you need to do then is to pop in to the library and tell them about the books that have been read. After 2 reads children will receive a doorhanger, after 4 books they will get a wristband and when all 6 books are finished children will receive a medal and a voucher for a free swim at Beau Sejour.

Need more information on the Reading Challenge? Visit  https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk or call the Children’s Library on 743635.

 

Readathon

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Congratulations and thankyou to everyone who took part in the Readathon earlier this year.

We have just received a certificate to show that as a school we raised an incredible total of £705.10 for charities which support children in hospital.

We also raised £141.02 to spend on books for our school

Readathon sponsorship

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Well done to all the children who have taken part in this year’s Readathon.

Just a quick reminder to please return any Readathon sponsorship cards to school by next Friday 10th March. These can be handed to class teachers or directly to the office.

Sponsor money can either be sent into school in cash or using a cheque, or you can pay online using the Readathon website 

I look forward to being able to share with you the total amount raised for the Readathon charities and also the amount which will be donated back to the school for us to use to buy new books.

Many thanks

Miss Horsepool

Book Sale

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Thankyou to everyone who supported our Book Sale on Friday. A special thanks to the parents who came in and helped to run the sale.

We raised a total of £338.78 which will be used to buy new books for the school.

However, we had quite a number of new or nearly new picture books left over. These are currently displayed in the corridor near the swimming pool. If you would like to come and have a look and buy any of these books for 50p then please pop in before or after school this week.

Can you help? Fri 10th Feb – Book Sale

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As in previous years we would like to run a second hand book sale on Friday 10th February to mark the end of Book Week.

I am looking for some adult help on the morning to set up and then run the sale.  Books will need to be sorted and laid out before school and then children will visit the hall with their class during the morning.

If you can help then please get in touch, letting me know which part of the morning you are available for.

Many thanks

Miss Horsepool

Readathon

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As part of Book Week we are again holding a Readathon. 

Readathon is the UK’s national sponsored reading event for schools. Readathon encourages children to read for pleasure – an activity proven to increase children’s chances of success and personal happiness for the rest of their lives. (Source: OECD)

Readathon motivates reluctant readers to give reading a go, and keen readers to read more widely. It works because children choose what they want to read – they are not being assessed, it’s all about reading for fun. We would like you to support them, in particular by sponsoring them. The money raised helps the charity Readathon to regularly give brand new books and storyteller visits to children’s hospitals across the UK. For more information, check out your child’s sponsorship card and visit www.readathon.org.

Sponsors can pay by cheque or cash, or pay online by www.readathon.org/sponsor. Please do support your child’s reading efforts. Research tells us again and again that children who read for pleasure are more likely to have successful outcomes. Above all, we hope they have fun!

As well as encouraging pupils to read for fun, our school will get free books worth 20% of our sponsorship total – so there really is something in it for everyone.

What we’d like you to do:

  1. This week your child will be given a Readathon sponsorship card on which to list whatever they will enjoy reading. Books, e-books, poetry, comics – anything goes! Take a look at what they plan to read, or help them complete their list of books – sharing books is fine too (in fact recommended!), as well as listening to audio books.
  1. Help your child find sponsors among family and friends. Sponsors can pay directly on line at readathon.org/sponsor or by cash or cheque made out to Readathon and sent to school. Please also encourage UK tax payers to tick the GiftAid box – Readathon will then be able to claim an extra 25% from the Government at no cost to the donor.

Please return all completed sponsorship cards and money (if this is not paid online) to school by Friday 3rd March.

Thank you for your support – and happy reading!

Literary Festival Competition

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The Guernsey Literary Festival has released details of their 2017 writing competition for students.

Please use this link for all the info: http://www.writestuff.gg/

The challenge is to write a description of up to 300 words that breathes life into a character of your creation. Try to show your character in action during your scene and include some dialogue to reveal what they are like.

The judges will look for:

  • Interesting and original characters in memorable settings
  • Clever plot choices and well-chosen dialogue
  • Imaginative and original description of the characters

You do not need to write a whole story but should focus on crafting an episode which really showcases the character you’ve created.

There are prizes in each age category and the winners will have their character professionally illustrated by Rob Sweeney before being published online.

Closing date: Friday 24 March, 2017

Bookmark Competition

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The Guille-Allès Library are inviting Guernsey school children to design a bookmark to promote the next Guernsey Literary Festival taking place from 10th-14th May 2017.

The competition which is kindly sponsored by Julius Baer.

The Bookmark template that children should use can be downloaded by clicking here a4-bookmark-template

A leaflet containing full details of the competition can be downloaded by clicking here a5-glf-flyer-4pp

Children can be inspired by authors who have spoken at previous festivals or by their favourite author or book. The winning designs will be created into bookmarks for the next Guernsey Literary Festival.  There will also be prizes up for grabs for the individual winners and their schools. The competition is open to children aged 5-18 years old.

FREE WORKSHOP ON 27TH OCTOBER AT THE GUILLE-ALLES LIBRARY

Children are invited to come along to a free workshop during half term on 27th October at the Guille-Allès Library from 11:00-12:00 to design their bookmark.

Local illustrator Hugh Rose will also be on hand to give his top tips on creating a winning bookmark.

THE PRIZES

There will be 4 categories for the prizes including:

  • Infants (Year 0-2)
  • Juniors (Years 3-6)
  • Year 7, 8 & 9
  • Year 10 and above – digital entries are encouraged!

The prize-winner in each category will receive a book bundle for the winner’s school. All four prize-winners will also receive a £25 National Book Token.

Entries should be returned to the Guille-Allès Library by 16th November 2016.

Digital entries can be emailed to admin@guernseyliteraryfestival.com.

Additional Library Volunteers Needed

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I am looking for some additional parent/grandparent library volunteers to help things run smoothly in our busy school library. This will involve reshelving books and general tidying and sorting.

If you have half an hour or so to spare on a regular basis either before or after school or during the daytime then please let me know via email or leave a comment.

Many thanks

Miss Horsepool