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11:56am Monday 14th March 2011
9:58am Tuesday 22nd February 2011
The life of Swindon can be different every day, Famous for the Great Western Railway. For day time we’ve got, Designer Outlet, Oasis, Link and Shaw Ridge, But for the night life we’ve got, Liquid, Bushwackers, SUJU and don’t forget our Old Town, For something to eat there’s, Subway, Rendezvous, Longs and the Jewel in the Crown, We’ve had many stars come from Swindon, Billie Piper, Nick Hewer and Melinda Messenger, But then we’ve got upcoming stars like, BeatBullyz and Daine, all from Swindon, We’ve had stars visiting Swindon like, N-Dubz, Alexandra Burke, Plan B and the Radio 1 Big Weekend, Now we can’t forget our local football team, We went to Wembley but got knocked down, But what hurts only makes us stronger, Next time we will come back fighting for our trophy, Needles found on the floor, Not good for children, Got gangsters around the streets, Hoods up, acting hard, intimidating the old, Known for the widely spread culture, With the bad comes the good, Education, Swindon College, New College, Ridgeway full with talent, Don’t let others put you down, If you’ve got a dream, And your heart is in it, Don’t let others put you down, You can do it one day, Nothing is impossible, Live life to the full, You only live once, Your home town is where you were born, Be proud of it, Come on, Swindon!
11:16am Monday 24th January 2011
When we first met, I knew you were worth keeping, We started to talk and text more and more each day and came closer as friends. We shared the unthinkable with each other, And opened our hearts to each other. I gave you everything I had and everything I knew. It was only a few months down the line I knew I had the best friendship I could wish for.
2:54pm Sunday 21st November 2010
AS part of the Swindon 10 Youth Literature Festival, schools wrote a Round Robin story, each spending 45 minutes on their part of the story before emailing it on to the next school for them to add their part. Here is what Team B wrote...
12:14pm Sunday 21st November 2010
FOUR groups of students from the secondary schools involved in the festival came together to rise to the challenge of writing a collaborative story within the time constraints of one day. The story starter was written by Nova Hreod and then emailed on to Swindon Academy, followed by Commonweal and Dorcan. Each school had 45 minutes to write their section.
4:39pm Friday 1st October 2010
Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger follows the ruthless and gripping tale of Balram Halwai, an impoverished servant from The Darkness of India who makes his way to the top via a series of questionable methods including the murder of his master, Mr Ashok.
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12:02pm Monday 15th March 2010
On the 9th February 2010, Dorcan Technology College, hosted an event to which an author and an illustrator came to our school to talk to us about their series of books. They are called the Edge Chronicles. Now I know what you’re thinking, well I think I do, that they must have been boring. Probably just sat there reading out a book for you and explaining who is who and what is what. It wasn’t like that you know. They were funny and made a lot of jokes about Paul’s terrible drawing, whilst Chris Riddell was sketching awesome pictures of the monsters on the white board (Chris has given these to the school library now).
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9:05am Wednesday 18th November 2009
On Wednesday, we had a visit from Ann Cassidy who is a really successful children’s author. She has written loads of books for children and I was really excited about seeing her. I’ve seen her books in the library and was really pleased that she was coming into our school to talk to us.
3:59pm Tuesday 17th November 2009
3:57pm Tuesday 17th November 2009
Last year during the Swindon Literature Festival, when I met Kate Cann, I left feeling optimistic and inspired. Today when I went to see Patrick Ness was no different. He was friendly, open and surprisingly normal which just goes to show that the names printed on book covers really do belong to essentially regular people.
3:55pm Tuesday 17th November 2009
3:51pm Tuesday 17th November 2009
As part of the Swindon Ten Youth Festival of Literature several schools throughout Swindon gathered for book signings, workshops and other events all aimed at getting young people interested in reading and writing.
3:48pm Tuesday 17th November 2009
We went to the Wyvern Theatre, to see Darren Shan, author of the Demonata series and Darren Shan saga. We all really like his books and, and were ecstatic to meet him. He read us an extract of ‘Lord Loss’ and then asked for volunteers. Gabby got chosen, as well as some other pupils from the other schools. They then acted out a scene from ‘Cirque du Freak’; it was really funny. He told us about some of the new books coming out, a one-off fantasy, and a four book series, about the Darren Shan saga vampire, Larten Crepsley!
3:45pm Tuesday 17th November 2009
3:44pm Tuesday 17th November 2009
On Friday the 13th November at 9.30a.m., students from a wide variety of secondary and primary schools witnessed Darren Shan in the Wyvern Theatre. He spoke about his Darren Shan Saga, and a bit about the movie. He also spoke about the Demonata series. He read out extracts from the first book of the Demonata series, ‘Lord Loss’, and he also read an extract from ‘Cirque du Freak’ of the Darren Shan saga. During the reading of the Cirque du Freak extract, he had volunteers from different schools in the audience to read out speaking parts and also perform. As a student in the audience I thought it was great to see a ‘horror hero’, to learn about his life and why he wrote the novels. However I thought to improve the performance, he could have played with the lights a bit to create a more gripping performance.
3:42pm Tuesday 17th November 2009
Sarah Singleton, renowned Gothic author, visited Greendown Community School on Wednesday 11th November to inspire and inform Year 8 pupils about Gothic writing. When she came she helped us to write our own Gothic story openings and taught us about her life and her novels. The Wiltshire writer inspired our Gothic story openings with her own novels.
3:39pm Tuesday 17th November 2009
The girl stands observing the velvet green curtains this was where her mum last stood looking out into the rainbow garden. Now so dull and empty; no rainbow colours anymore. She rubbed her cold, hard white fingers over the orange rusty key, wondering what it unlocked: not the cobwebbed kitchen window; not the dusty jewellery box; where? Where?
3:36pm Tuesday 17th November 2009
3:35pm Tuesday 17th November 2009
Chilling, the icy, winter air whips the pale child’s delicate skin. Alone in her cold, bare room. Her head a spinning whirlpool of lonely words, broken phrases; but she can’t put them together. As night creeps up on her, she cuddles up to the blood stained veil, her only memory of her deceased mother. Slowly, her grey eyes, once sapphire, close to the power of the night.
3:33pm Tuesday 17th November 2009
The glowing moon spills through the cracks of the hunched trees. Sharp winds blow at her lifeless face. In her hand, the key. Rusty and old – but as new as the moon. Suddenly something brusher past her skinny legs – unsettling the air! What was that? Panic rushes through her cold body. Motionless, scared, alone – or was she?
3:09pm Tuesday 17th November 2009
Ever thought of writing a story in a day? Well, students from Swindon have done just that! Six schools:- Commonweal, Swindon Academy, Dorcan, Kingsdown, Warneford, and Greendown - have all taken part in an exciting event to write possibly the fastest story in the West!
3:05pm Tuesday 17th November 2009
2:52pm Tuesday 17th November 2009
Teen author, Anthony McGowan, visited Highworth Warneford School on Thursday 12th November to speak with year 9 students about his life and becoming an author. He told the audience about himself; where he grew up (Leeds) and what inspired him to write. There were stories of his school life that were quite shocking and brutally honest. Beforehand, he told us that one story was true and one false, but afterward when asked which one was false, he smiled mischievously and said “You’ll never know!”
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2:35pm Tuesday 17th November 2009
On Tuesday, a group of students from Isambard and Nova Hreod went to join fellow students at Greendown in a book debate called "Spread the Word". They had all read four pre-selected novels and got together to discuss their thoughts and to vote for their favourite.
10:54am Tuesday 17th November 2009
On the 9th of November 12 schools took place a book quiz held at Dorcan technology school. It was the start of a week’s festival of books in Swindon. Twelve schools took part in it. The questions ranged from story openings to werewolves and monsters. The rounds were six questions long and there were 12 rounds with an additional 2 rounds that were an author picture round and a title abbreviation round. Each team consist of 6 pupils in it and had 2 year seven, eight and nine. The room fell silent when Mrs Fiona Hardcastle from Dorcan started to tell everyone what was going to happen. Everyone then knew this is when the real business starts. The first round started and everyone’s heads bowed down and they were ready. After the first question was told, there was a loud hum of people whispering to tell each other what the answer was. Then it went back to a blissful silence. The suspense kept building after round of questions was told. You could tell that everyone was determined to win. It was in their faces. But a lot of people were also nervous. Maybe they didn’t want to let their school down or it was just nerves. Like Jenny Eagle from Greendown said “It’s not about winning it’s about taking part…… but winning would be a great bonus”
10:48am Tuesday 17th November 2009
On Wednesday 11th November Joe Craig the author of the Jimmy Coates books visited Churchfields School. He talked to all of Year 7 about how he writes his books and how he comes up with ideas for his stories.
10:43am Tuesday 17th November 2009
10:40am Tuesday 17th November 2009
Students from the schools involved in the Swindon 10 Youth Festival of Literature were invited along to the Wyvern Theatre to meet gothic children's author Darren Shan. Shan, who moved from London to Ireland as a child, has written two large book series, The Saga of Darren Shan and Demonata. In total, these series are made up of twenty-two books, and the books focus heavily on the worlds of vampires and demons. Students swarmed to experience this macabre author in the rotten flesh, and to learn more about his books of horror.
10:32am Tuesday 17th November 2009
It’s not every day you get to meet successful world-known authors and I’m sure the 12th of November was a day that current year 9 pupils won’t be forgetting about in a hurry. Bali Rai , author of several successful books including ‘(un)arranged marriage’ and ‘The Crew’ , gave up his time and came to spend it with the year 9 pupils here at Kingsdown School.
3:12pm Friday 13th November 2009
2:07pm Monday 9th November 2009
The day that started was a long one. A day that started like every other and finished like none seen before by the eyes of man. At the age of 35 – a bachelor and and living like one in my ancient flat on floor 12 – I thought I'd seen it all. The Far East, the Midwest, places I'd done during my gap year with what little money I had. Anyway. The day.
11:32am Tuesday 20th October 2009
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9:41am Wednesday 20th May 2009
The standard of poems this year was the best to date! Each performance was really close in points awarded, just hope that a team knocks Commonweal out next year as it is getting embarassing! Josie Williams Community Arts Development Officer, The Commonweal School
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