Website of the Week: Action for Happiness : Do Good December

Let’s spread more kindness this festive seasonThis Do Good December kindness calendar has daily suggested actions to do throughout December 2019 to help you spread a bit more kindness in the world.

To join Action for Happiness and pledge to create a happier world click on the button below:

Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. We want to see a fundamentally different way of life – where people care less about what they can get just for themselves and more about the happiness of others.

For more excellent Happiness-Inducing ideas and resources click here.

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Year 10 Join Our Khan Academy Class

As part of their Research and Study Skills lessons this term, all Year 10 students have created a Khan Academy account  and been introduced to this fabulous learning resource.

Why use Khan Academy I hear you ask? I’m really glad you asked that question. You should use Khan Academy because it will help you exceed your expectations in lots of subjects and in lots of other ways. This has been proven. So check out the site, see what subjects they off that might interest you and sign up if you have not already.

 

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Year 11 Join Our Khan Academy Class

As part of their Research and Study Skills lessons this term, all Year 11 students have created a Khan Academy account  and been introduced to this fabulous learning resource.

Why use Khan Academy I hear you ask? I’m really glad you asked that question. You should use Khan Academy because it will help you exceed your expectations in lots of subjects and in lots of other ways. This has been proven. So check out the site, see what subjects they off that might interest you and sign up if you have not already.

 

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Reading fiction ‘boosts learning by 10 months’

Well, yet another study has concluded that students who read willingly and often outperform those who do not read for pleasure. The study detailed in the TES article by Catherine Lough below claims this puts those ‘reading’ students up to 10 months ahead in their studies compared to their non-reading peers.Some kinds of reading have more of an impact on pupils’ overall attainment, according to the OECD‘s Pisa (Programme for International Student Assessment) research. Click on the image above to access the article from the Times Educational Supplement about just how effective reading often is to improving attainment.

Check out some of our most recently added titles below:

Or download the full list as a PDF below.

New Print Titles since Sep 2019

There is a growing body of of research and information pointing in the same direction. Take a look below for a selection.

Reading for Pleasure: Reviewing the Evidence

The impact of Pleasure Reading on Academic Success

Why is reading for pleasure important?

Research evidence on reading for pleasure

So, with the long Christmas holidays fast approaching, make sure to get to the library to stock up on all the fiction and non-fiction books you can carry!

Read What You Like : Like What You Read

 

 

Did You Feel the Earth Move? Earthquakes in Valais today.

This morning in Valais, Switzerland we had not 1 but 9 minor earthquakes, the largest measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale. Some people may have felt 1 or even 2 of these as I did. The Swiss Seismological Service (SED) monitors these and other events in Switzerland.

According to the SED there are around 270 earthquakes in the Canton of Valais annually of which only 2 or 3 would have been felt by most local people. According to SED measurements there have been 1212 detectable earthquakes in Switzerland so far this year.

Earthquakes in the Valais

 

More earthquakes occur in the Valais than anywhere else in Switzerland. The region therefore has the country’s highest seismic hazard, although Switzerland’s strongest known quake occurred in Basel (Basel 1356).

Over the past 10 years, the SED has recorded an average of around 270 earthquakes per year in the Valais and its immediate surroundings, of which only two or three a year were felt by local residents. In statistical terms, an earthquake with a magnitude of around 6 occurs in the Valais approximately every 100 years on average. This equates to a probability of occurrence of roughly 1% per year for such a quake.

Historical records confirm that a damaging earthquake has occurred almost once every century for the past 500 years. The last such quake hit the area around Sion in January 1946, claiming three lives and causing millions of francs’ worth of damage. Today, with denser settlement and vulnerable infrastructure, the damage from an earthquake of this magnitude would be many times greater.

Website of the Week: Action for Happiness : New Things November

This New Things November Action Calendar has daily suggested actions to do throughout November 2019 to help you learn, try out, get creative and broaden your outlook.

To join Action for Happiness and pledge to create a happier world click on the button below:

Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. We want to see a fundamentally different way of life – where people care less about what they can get just for themselves and more about the happiness of others.

Click on the link below to download the ‘Optimistic October’ Happiness Calendar for loads of excellent ways to practise happiness. For more excellent Happiness-Inducing ideas and resources click here.

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The Art of the Book Trailer

Today our Year 9 students looked in detail at the range, style and purpose of the Book Trailer. We focussed on Young Adult novels that are new to our library to promote reading over the upcoming Half-Term break.

Above trailer for Scythe by Neil Shusterman.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Book Trailer.

Student made Book Trailer for Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Check out these excellent Book Trailer sites below:

 

 

Website of the Week: Action for Happiness : Optimistic October

Action for Happiness.

Let’s stay hopeful and focus on what really matters *

This Optimistic October Action Calendar has daily suggested actions to do throughout October 2019 to help you be a realistic optimist and have goals to look forward to.

Take a quick look at the ‘Optimistic October’ calendar below. Although feeling happier is not going to solve ALL our problems, it might just help us all get along a bit better. Look at the daily ‘Optimistic October’ suggestions to see how we can start each day more positively.

To join Action for Happiness and pledge to create a happier world click on the button below:

Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. We want to see a fundamentally different way of life – where people care less about what they can get just for themselves and more about the happiness of others.

Click on the link below to download the ‘Optimistic October’ Happiness Calendar for loads of excellent ways to practise happiness. For more excellent Happiness-Inducing ideas and resources click here.

For previous Websites of the Week click here or the image below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banned Books Week 2019

Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. Banned Books Week is organised and promoted by the American Library Association (ALA). It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the world to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Intellectual freedom and the freedom of expression are fundamental values that need to be defended even in ‘democratic’ societies.

photo by G. Ribeiro

Check out our Banned Books Week Display in the Senior Library and borrow a ‘dangerous’ book if you dare!!

Take our Banned Books Week Poll.

Bone up on your Banned Books Facts below:

The Foundation is devoted to the principle that the solution to offensive speech is more speech, and the suppression of speech on the grounds that it gives offense to some infringes on the rights of all to a free, open and robust marketplace of ideas.
See also Freedom to Read Foundation Time Line.