WELCOME TO OUR LEARNING RESOURCE CENTRE


Mrs Butcher
Librarian
hb@snhs.uk

Mr Whalley
Librarian
jaw@snhs.uk

The newly renovated Learning Resource Centre [LRC] now houses a large, up to date collection of fiction and non-fiction reading material. This is updated termly with students being able to request books and top reads being promoted during lessons on a fortnightly basis. The LRC is open for students to use before school, during lunch, and after school.

The LRC is a quiet space for students to exchange books, complete homework and to take part in the various exciting clubs that are taking place.

If students or parents have any queries surrounding the use of the LRC please get in touch.

Reading


Students are encouraged to borrow a range of books and explore different genres and topics to help encourage this the LRC has dramatically updated its physical book collection, as well as this we have also invested in an eBook subscription that all students can enjoy.

Hundreds of eBooks are available for students to borrow and read digitally on computers, phones and tablets. There is also a range of audio books that students can borrow.

Please follow the link below to access your student Sora account. Students can login using their school network username and password.
https://www.soraapp.com/

Using Sora for the first time? Click the button below for help!

Any queries please see Mrs Butcher in the LRC.

Clubs


Book Club

The LRC runs two weekly book clubs on a Tuesday lunch time. One club is catered for Year 7 and Year 8, and the other one is for Year 9 plus. Students vote and choose the books they want to read and meet every week in the LRC. Students discuss what has happened, what they think of the characters and any themes which they have encountered. Previous books include – One Of Us Is Lying, and The One Memory Of Flora Banks. Of course, no good book club is complete without a selection of snacks for hungry book worms!

Student Newspaper

Our enthusiastic newspaper club meet twice weekly in the LRC to work on the latest edition of the Sally Nook Times. Students report on school news, interview teachers, and report on events, as well as investigating and reporting on world news. Our newspaper team is highly committed to delivering accurate news across the school. Members gain termly rewards for participation, and one student is rewarded with the coveted title ‘Journalist of the term’.

Geek Retreat / Boardgame Club

Every Friday pupils can come to the library to play a range of board games, including chess and Dungeons and Dragons. All levels of experience are catered for, so whether you want to try chess for the first time, or you’re a 10th level dungeon master, you’ll be very welcome. We’re also open to suggestions, so if there’s a game you love and you think others would too, please let us know!

Events


Sally Nook Lit Fest 2023

Last Summer, SNHS hosted “Sally Nook Lit Fest 2023” – a week-long festival celebrating the world of Literature. Over the course of the week, students experienced workshops, seminars and assemblies from visiting authors, poets, illustrators and translators. We had a wealth of competitions, readings from our staff as part of “Tales from the Tent” and discussions. Students could trade merits for our fabulous array of Lit Fest merchandise and our Year 11 students came back in to school following exams to support our younger students. It was a fabulous week and we hope to create the same festival buzz again soon!

Last year's LIT FEST webpage

World Book Day 2023

Students were involved in a school-wide murder mystery! Who murdered Mr Christian? A crime-scene was set up in the LRC, and students were invited to solve the murder mystery. Throughout the course of the day, over the tannoy, clues were read to students by different characters in the story – staff across the school read these in role. It was a fun-filled day, and created a real buzz around the genre of crime fiction (which at the time, based on student voice surveys, was the most popular genre).

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Christmas Advent 2023

As of the 1st December, during form time, an Elf will deliver a brand new wrapped book (from a list of recommended/inspiring books) and it is up to form teachers as to who opens it/reads out the title/blurb/opening paragraph. The book is then given to any student to take away and read. The book is essentially theirs to keep but if they would like to bring it back to form/recommend it to others to borrow, that is also encouraged.

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Jennifer Burkinshaw - Author Visit 13.12.23

On Wednesday 13th December, Jennifer Burkinshaw visited school to deliver some workshops and seminars to students in Y7 and Y8. Jennifer's second YA novel, Happiness Seeker, was released with Beaten Track Publishing on 1 Nov 23, following the warm reception of her debut, Igloo, in Nov 22.

After studying English and Classics at Cambridge University, Jennifer taught English, Drama and Classics for twenty years in several schools, including four years in Paris. She later completed an MA in Creative Writing for Children at Manchester Metropolitan University and is also an alumna of the Golden Egg Academy.

Igloo is her debut novel, for more information about the Jennifer and the visit, please click the image.

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Virtual Bookshelf


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LRC Expectations

Expectations

The LRC is a quiet working environment.
Phones are to be kept away in bags.
Food and drink is not allowed in the LRC, with the exception of water bottles.
School rules still apply before and after school.
If rules are not followed students will be removed.
Please note that access to the LRC at lunchtime is strictly for those who are participating in clubs. Students may read, exchange books and quiz before school, break time, and after school.

Book Borrowing Policy

Books are loaned for a period of two weeks. Only one book can be loaned at a time.
The book needs to be returned or renewed by the date stamped in the front of the book.
If your book becomes overdue the procedure below will start.
Week 1 - You will receive a reminder during form.
Week 2 – A text message will be sent home.
Week 3- A C1 will be issued on your behaviour record. (Misuse of equipment).
Week 4 – A C2 will be issued (Further issue following a C1).
Week 5 – A detention will be issued.
Week 6 – The book will be deemed “lost”. Payment or a suitable donation will be requested by the end of term. Students will not be able to borrow another book until this is resolved.


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