The main school library aims to foster a lifelong love of reading and learning. Throughout the year, the library holds a number of themed activities and events to promote literature, reading and a passion and enthusiasm for learning.
Our extra-curricular activities cover a wide range of subjects, topics and themes; from Science and Maths, to multicultural and historical events. Events from previous years have included “Around the World in 80 Minutes”, “Shakespeare Week”, “The Brain Gym” and an exploration of world water issues in “World Toilet Day”, in conjunction with “Water Aid”.
The library regularly promotes wider reading and encourages students to explore classic and contemporary literature through special events and activities. In 2018 we held a celebration of the weird and wacky world of Robert Ripley. At Christmas we transformed the school library into Hogwarts Great Hall for “A Very Harry Christmas”. Our big summer event was “Cluedo - The Body in the Library”. Students were invited to solve the murder mystery at Tudor mansion by following the clues around the school to reveal the combination for the safety deposit box and reveal “Who Dunnit”!
This year we will be starting our activities and events calendar with lots of Roald Dahl themed competitions, quizzes and activities to celebrate “Roald Dahl Day”. Other events planned include testing students’ survival skills in our “Survival Challenge”, promoting reading for pleasure through the special half price Scholastic Book Fair and celebrating the end of term with a special Christmas extravaganza. One of our key events in our calendar is World Book Day. This is a celebration of authors, books and, most importantly, reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. This event is celebrated annually at Notley library with new competitions and quizzes every year.
Alongside our special themed events and activities, the library also runs special monthly House competitions to support the House system at Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form. This year competitions will include “Guess the Chocolate”, “Spot the Difference”, “Brain Challenge” and creative activities such as “Decorate a Christmas bauble” competition. Every student that participates in a House competition receives House Points for taking part; points and prizes are also awarded to winning tutor groups.
This year, the library will continue to support the Accelerated Reader (AR) Programme. The library celebrates students’ achievement through the AR Star Board; every student who achieves 100% on an AR quiz will have their name put on the AR Star Board. Prizes are awarded throughout AR for completing quizzes and at the end of the year a special prize is awarded for the top performing AR students.
The Notley library encourages all year groups to take part in the events. The activities are designed to encourage students to actively engage with the world around them, to explore new subjects and topics and, most importantly, to have fun!
Who said the library is boring? Certainly not our library—come and explore the fun!