Read to Succeed (Session One Recap)

We got off to a great start talking about the reasons RTS was conceived and what we hope to achieve with it, which is essentially kids reading more and families reading more together!

We then looked at the background to the Shared Reading model developed by The Reader Organisation in Liverpool and why I chose to use this method over a traditional book club method, which was to eliminate the need for an additional commitment and to create a sense of community where we could explore the themes in the novels together.

We then talked a bit about the first book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and its author Mark Haddon. The book was chosen as it is a classic ‘crossover’ title – one that appeals to teens and adults alike. Its protagonist is a teenager with an unspecified special need, but his mannerisms are fairly consistent with an Autism Spectrum Condition.

We then started reading the book and made our way up to the beginning of chapter 19.

All are welcome as we continue our journey. The presentation from the session is below.

RTS Session One Presentation


Are you #readytovote?

As most of you will already know, the voting age in Scotland has now been lowered to 16 for the Scottish Parliamentary election. In order to have your vote counted, you will need to register before the 18th of April.

It only takes a few minutes. Go to to sign up or pop in to the school library for assistance. Bring your National Insurance number if you have one. If you don’t have one, you can still register.

Once you have done so, let your friends know and encouage them to register too. The hashtag for use on social media is #readytovote.

Mrs Gowans


Library Study

Sixth year pupils in particular are advised that there have been a number of complaints recently both from members of staff as well as other pupils regarding the standard of behaviour in the library during free blocks.

Any pupil using the library during free blocks must arrive ready to study and not disturb other library users. This means actively working and not chatting with friends whilst using the library.

Pupils intending to socialise, play with mobile phones or engage in group study will be moved along to another area of the school.

Mrs Gowans

Author Visit!

Teri Terry, the multi-award winning author of novels for teenagers, is visiting our school on Wednesday 10th February and will spend time with pupils in S4-6. If you are in S1-3, enjoy reading and would like to meet the author of Slated, Fractured, Shattered and Carnegie-nominated Mind Games, sign up with Mrs Gowans in the Library and we’ll take you out of Block 1 so you don’t miss out! Places strictly limited.

Stan Lee Excelsior Award

The Stan Lee Excelsior Award is the only nationwide book award for graphic novels and manga – where kids aged 11-16 decide the winner by rating each book as they read it!

Eight graphic novels are selected for the shortlist and it now attracts over two hundred schools and public libraries from all over the UK – from Scotland to Jersey, from Belfast to Gateshead! The Stan Lee Excelsior Award attempts to highlight some of the amazing books that are out there – books that fully deserve to be in our school libraries alongside regular fiction!

Pop into the library to grab one of the books and take a voting form to let us know how you rate the book. See you soon!

Mrs Gwyther

Read all about it!

If you heard something in the media on your way to school this  morning and you want to more…….pop into the library and find out more in the Times newspaper ( kindly supplied by the English dept )

Todays copy is alway on the desk! =)

Best Literary Quote….Whats yours?

No 4 on the Book Week Scotland Favourite quotes is:

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
And Still I Rise, Maya Angelou

What’s your favourite quote?  Comment and let us know =)

Follow this link to the whole list:


Mrs Gwyther