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World Book Day is officially on Thursday 5 March 2015 but staff and students at Thornleigh Salesian College are celebrating all week!

This year’s theme is ‘Book Vs Film’

It’s aimed at KS3 students and is taking place from the 2 – 6 March 2015.

There are lots of unusual activities taking place all week, from GIGANTIC book quizzes to fabulous film screenings. Not to mention games, competitions and storytelling. This year we’re giving out more prizes than ever!

Students will get their teeth stuck into Books for Breakfast. They will have a chance to chat about their favourite books every morning in the Library.

Our annual book character fancy dress day is taking place on Friday 6th March for all students in Year 7, 8 and 9. Come dressed as your favourite book character – and don’t forget to send us a selfie…

We will be posting photos and competition winners next week, so keep checking our website updates.

Students don’t forget to:

  • Come in Fancy Dress on Friday 6th March – open to staff and Year 7, 8 and 9 students.
  • Take part in the wide range of activities taking place all week including quizzes, games, competitions, storytelling and a film screening.
  • Have Books for Breakfast – in the Library every morning 8.15 – 8.45am
  • For more information on Literacy for Learning at Thornleigh Salesian College click here.

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Form Reading Time – Tuesday 11th November 2014 

As part of our whole school policy and our drive for more opportunities for reading for pleasure, during some recent registration time, Miss Mallion and I visited a number of form groups to see how students were getting on! It was an absolute pleasure to see all of our students with their own reading books – and a delight to see so many different genres and authors. Not only did we see independent, silent reading; in some Year 11 forms there were articles being read together as a group and some veryinteresting debates being held on these current affairs! Keep up the great reading!

Miss Carroll 

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National Non-Fiction Day Thursday 6th November 2014

National Non Fiction DayJoin the annual celebration of all things factual. With a growing appreciation for information and facts many readers prefer to lose themselves in specific, rather than flick through fiction. However, with our selection of narrative non-fiction you’ll no longer have to choose! This November we’re celebrating actualities and adventures in the real world.

Students! Borrow a biography, digest some sickening Science, or be haunted by Horrible Histories. We’re sure you’ll find something in the library…


National Poetry Day

On 2nd October 2014 people all over the country were encouraged to put pen to paper in celebration of National Poetry Day. The theme was ‘remember’ and we asked everyone here at Thornleigh Salesian College to remember to get involved!

To honour the event we held a poetry competition for students and staff, and were pleased to award Alex, Maryam, Megan and Holly with certificates and prizes. Special mention should also go to Mr Hesford who remembered a poem that he penned in primary school and remembered to enter into our competition.

We were amazed by the standard of the entries and we’re sure we have some very talented poets in our new Year 7 intake, they’re already looking forward to National Poetry Day next year! 


Book of the Month

Every month we will be selecting a different theme for Book of the Month. Three books will be focused on every month Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Non-fiction.

October – Has to be Hallowe’en!

  • KS3 – Coraline – Neil Gaiman
  • KS4 – Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  • NF – Horrible Histories Witches – Terry Deary and Mike Phillips
  • You might like to spend some time discussing this – there will be a display on the English corridor that will hopefully include some interesting facts about the titles that have been selected.

Key Dates

National Poetry Day – Thursday 2nd October

Get poetic, pen some prose or send a sonnet! The theme is ‘Remember’ and there will be a Poetry Competition for students (and maybe another one for staff!) for some nice stationary prizes.

Everybody Writes Day – Thursday 21st October

Annual celebration of writing in schools. Watch this space…

International School Libraries Month – October

Tell a Story Day – 27th October

Technically during half term, but stories are told all over the country – sometimes in some quite eerie locations! This festival started in Scotland and promotes the art of storytelling.

World Book Day Fest

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Friday 7 March 2014

Staff and students at Thornleigh Salesian College dressed up in celebration of World Book Day on Friday 7th March. The day is an annual event celebrated in a number of countries around the world to show support for the value and importance of reading. This year Thornleigh Salesian College’s World Book Day was based on the theme of ‘The Darkness’ and provided students to dress up as their favourite gothic character or supernatural character. The school was awash with vampires, witches, ghouls and ghosts.

All key stage three lessons also took on the theme of ‘The Darkness’ and students found themselves dissecting eyeballs in science and making slime. In PE students enjoyed participating in a game of Quidditch; a fictional team sport invented by the writer of ‘Harry Potter’ J. K. Rowling and in tutorial period Years 7, 8 and 9 entered the spirit of the day by creating their own ghost stories. Students in English lessons wrote their own version of Mary Shelly’s ‘Frankenstein’ at the moment the monster opens its eyes.

All in all, students and staff had a wonderful day as we continue to build on the cementing of literacy at the heart of our curriculum and learning. Thanks to all for their participation and support in getting costumes together and preparing exciting and inspiring lessons for the day.

Finally, the winners of the costume competition are posted in the gallery below, all of whom received a £10 amazon book voucher as well as a gruesome eyeball gobstopper!

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