Friday, November 27, 2009

Senior Management pose as waiters

Oh it was a sight to behold in the library this morning!  The Senior Management Team served breakfast of croissants and muffins, with coffee and juice to the teaching staff when they had their final Professional Development session.  Mr Reddiex the Principal, Mr Frost, Assistant Principal and Mr Smith, Assistant Principal served some mightily difficult customers.  Some waitstaff were reluctant to pose for a photo but Mr Smith willingly posed as you can see. Mr Campbell's catering department were much appreciated as usual. 

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Interhouse Spelling in the Library today

It was a hotbed of competition in the library at lunchtime today, Year 10 brains were working very very hard. There was action, there was intrigue and there was a huge audience.  Windsor house were the winners of today's competition and Year 9 compete tomorrow.  Along with this is the General Knowledge Quiz also running at the same time in other locations around school.  These are the final competitions of the year, and at stake is the Junior House Trophy.  Pictured are Mr Gordon and Mr McLean and some of the competing spellers.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

We've won an award!

Wow, this is very exciting!  The King's High School Library Blog has won a Butterfly Award.  This award is passed from one blog to another, so if you win one you get to pass the privilege on to another blog.  The blog received this award from the fabulous Mount Aspiring Library Blog which is run by Florence Micoud who is the Library Manager there.  Her blog is great and you can see it in the blog roll down the side of this blog.  Thanks very much Florence, it is great that people are out there looking at this blog and who think it is cool.

The award is a *meme (mi:m) NOUN an idea or element of social behaviour passed on through generations in a culture. Collins English Dictionary.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Everlost by Neal Shusterman

It is great when you find a book that works as well for adults as it does for teenagers.  This book, Everlost is one of those books.  Two teenagers (Nick and Ali) are thrown out of seperate cars in a head on collision on a road in the middle of nowhere.  They come to in a forest and are being watched by a small boy.  It seems they have ended up in a kind of alternative reality between normal life and the hereafter and are now the Everlost.  Only kids aged under 17 can end up in this place, they can see us but we can't see them, if they stand still for too long they sink through the earth, pulled towards it's core, the only places safe for them to spend anytime are 'dead spots' the place where someone has died.  Even inanimate objects such as buildings that have been loved can end up in Everlost, for example a beloved possession or a building, such as the Twin Towers!  Places such as this make ideal homes for the children of Everlost.
Everlost is rife with rumours of monsters and evil doers.  Nick and Ali and the boy who found them who has forgotten his original name, but who is renamed Leif, after the forest where they landed, start on a journey.  This leads them to the Twin Towers and the person who runs it - Mary Hightower, you learn the stories of many of the Everlost souls, how they came to be in this place and how they can escape it. 
This is a great book, lots of action, fighting the various bad guys and fighting against the forces that make you forget your real life on earth, even your name.  Highly recommended.


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