Welcome to the beating heart of Kings’ School – our wonderful Library. In an age where young people are said to be reading less and where squeezed budgets mean fewer libraries, here at Kings’ we are proud and thrilled, in equal measure, to introduce to you our well-resourced, well-used, wonderful library.
Along with regular timetabled lessons, many staff members like to book the room for occasional lessons. Pupils like to visit in their own time, before or after school and during lunch break, to catch up with friends, complete homework, or simply read in a warm and welcoming environment.
The library also takes the lead in a number of annual events.
The Hampshire Book Award
Every year, Mrs Miles invites pupils in year 8 to be judges in this prestigious event. Our judges are required to read a shortlist of recently published fiction, meet regularly and evaluate the books they read. Our year 8 pupils have always enjoyed this challenge and represented the school with great integrity at meetings, voting days with other schools and at the formal awards ceremony at the Winchester Guildhall.
After the most recent Hampshire Book Award event the following comments were made:
“It was absolutely lovely to see you and your delightful Kings’ pupils yesterday at the HBAs. As usual they were beautifully behaved and so sensible and mature in their observations. And wow, they really do now their stuff” Librarian at another Hampshire school.
“The 3 students on my table were very mature and their discussion was at a really high level. They had not only read the books (twice), but they greatly added to the group discussion. I know I was impressed with the group when I came into school back in March to launch the award, but just wanted to add that their conduct today (not just my table) was outstanding. Well done to them all” Hampshire School Library Service Lead advisor
Service of Remembrance
The library is closely involved in this important annual day of remembrance and commemoration. As well as a display of books and posters to draw the attention of pupils, we also host a tea party for the “Old Boys” of the St Thomas’s Association, with whom the school has long-held links. The day is always a very special event in the lives of our pupils and the gracious elderly ladies and gentlemen who come to share their stories.
Every year at least one, and often two, renowned authors are invited to Kings’ School to present workshops and talks to our pupils. We have been privileged to play host to Mark Lowery, Andy Briggs, Chris Bradford and most recently, Adisa the performance poet. These events are always popular with our pupils who enjoy having the opportunity to meet famous authors and spend time chatting to them.
eReader Pilot Project
For the past two years Mrs Miles has been involved in a pilot project with a small group of librarians from our county, to investigate the use of ebooks in schools. We now have access to a free app which our pupils can use to download books to read for pleasure. The app will be introduced to the year 7 intake before the end of the autumn term.
Reading Partners is a weekly lunchtime club for year 10 and 11 pupils to read together with children in year 7 and 8. They all benefit from making new friends in other year groups and sharing books.
A popular addition to the library this year, we have various board games, such as chess, Scrabble, and other traditional games for pupils to enjoy during lunch breaks or after school.
Links with other schools
Mrs Miles has forged close links with our feeder primary schools as well as other local secondary schools, creating relationships which are mutually beneficial.
Our lively library is a hive of activity. Be sure to drop in for a visit when you’re next at the school.
Mrs E Miles
Library and Resources Manager