We are proud to say that Forest Hill is first and foremost a reading school.
Our School Librarian, Mrs Hans, is assisted by Mrs Gooding. Everybody associated with the school is encouraged to read and share their literacy experiences: students, staff and parents. Our Library sits at the heart of the school and everything it achieves.
Every pupil in Year 7 and Year 8 enjoys a dedicated library lesson in which to read, choose and discuss books.
|Opening Hours||Before school||Lunchtime||After School|
|Monday||8:00 – 8:20am||1:05 – 1:25pm||Homework Club – closes 4:30pm|
|Tuesday||8:00 – 8:35am||1:05 – 1:25pm||Homework Club – closes 4:30pm|
|Wednesday||8:00 – 8:35am||Yr7 & 8 Reading Club||Homework Club – closes 4:30pm|
|Thursday||8:00 – 8:35am||Games Club||Homework Club – closes 4:30pm|
|Friday||8:00 – 8:35am||1:05 – 1:25pm||Library closes 3.40 pm|
Reading Club for Years 7 and 8 meets every Wednesday lunchtime and is for everyone who enjoys reading – why not come along and try it?
Or, if maths is more your thing and you enjoy the challenge of chess try the Games Club on Thursday lunchtimes.
Homework Club is open to all students after school Monday to Thursday, with books, computers and staff available to assist if required.
Book Awards Worth Knowing About
Book Trust Book Awards
BookTrust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. Each year they reach 2.5 million children across the UK with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading, because we know that reading can transform lives
To visit the Book Trust Book Awards site click here.
Here are links to more book awards we think are worth knowing about:
Author Visits and Events
Tom Angleberger, bestselling author and comic writer, will be talking to students about his Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – Rocket and Groot series on Friday 26th May.
If you or a pupil would like to meet the author AND buy a signed book please come to the library after school on Friday. The books are £6.99 each, with a 15% staff discount.
Derek Landy has sold more than 17 million books in 37 countries around the world with his internationally acclaimed Skulduggery Pleasant series. We at Forest Hill were lucky enough to welcome him on Friday 24th February.
Students collected their author visit slips and book order forms and took part in what became one of our most anticipated library events of the year!
Puffin Classics Club Forest Hill School boys and Sydenham School girls came together this week in the Puffin Classics Club, with Puffin editor Alex AntScherl. This is a club that the school libraries have been running in partnership with Puffin for two years. The students had all been given free copies of Beverley Naidoo’s The Other Side Of Truth to read and review. The Puffin team wanted to find out from the students their opinions of the story and characters, if this book counts as a classic in their eyes and if it is as relevant today as when it was written in 2000. There was a lively discussion of the novel and the students did feel the book was still relevant and they related it to situations occurring today. The Other Side of Truth is a novel about Nigerian political refugees.
Caine Prize – 29 June 2016 We welcomed the Caine Prize for African Writing shortlisted writers who read from their stories and answered questions from year 9 and year 12 students, including some from Sydenham School.
Ambrose Merrell – 16 June 2016 How could an orphan living in Vancouver end up in 16th Century Japan, fighting against the terrifying forces of darkness in a battle to save the world? Author Ambrose Merrell gave his first ever school talk, meeting some Readers’ Club members and Year 8 classes.
Sara Grant – 9 May 2016 Our Key Stage 3 boys and some girls from Sydenham School enjoyed an excellent talk from Sara Grant about her new book, Chasing Danger, and the creative writing process. All that attended will hopefully have been imbued with the desire to write their own masterpiece!
M.G. Leonard – 22 March 2016 The whole of Year 7 enjoyed finding out about beetles as well as getting a glimpse into the pages ofBeetle Boy, the new novel by M.G. Leonard. We also invited pupils from the nearby Adamsrill Primary School who were enthralled and asked great questions. Copies of Beetle Boy are available to borrow from the Library.
We hold Poetry Jam in the Library every half term where students and staff get together to share their experiences of poetry through readings and performance. Click on the video for a flavour of the event, and maybe even get inspired to come up with your own contribution for the next Poetry Jam.
Our regular half termly Poetry Jam included the theme of Protest Poetry. Ms Iyeke’s class (H8F) performed some of their own pieces they had been working on in their English lessons.
We are proud of our budding poets and it proved to be a dynamic and entertaining session with a supportive and collaborative atmosphere!
Thanks to Ms Murphy (Eng. Dept.) for helping to lead the lunchtime session and to those who shared their work, including Mr Oche’s (P.E. dept) powerful and understated performance of his poems.