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 supported library lesson in which to read, choose and discuss books.
Our Library Management System is available in school or from home, pupils and staff can review the books they have read and search for books and online resources.
READING CHAMPIONSHIP 2019
|Opening Hours||Before school||Lunchtime||After School|
– 8:15 am
|1.20pm – 1.35pm||Homework Club – closes 3.30pm|
|1.30pm – 1:55pm||Homework Club – closes 4pm|
1.30pm – 1:55pm
Yr7 & 8 Reading Club
|Homework Club – closes 4pm|
|1.30pm – 1:55pm||Homework Club – closes 4pm|
1.30pm – 1:55pm
|Library closes 3.30 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 you enjoy the challenge of chess try the Chess Club on Friday lunchtimes.
Homework Club is open to all students after school Monday to Thursday, with books, computers and staff available to assist if required.
Word of the Week
Research tells us that vocabulary skills are strong indicators of academic success. Having a wide vocabulary also empowers children and adults to participate confidently and meaningfully in the world around them.
This year there will be a featured FHS Word of the Week for boys and staff to practice using and to absorb into their vocabulary.
Parents are encouraged to use the words too and to continue fostering a love of reading in the home, as reading and a wide vocabulary go hand-in-hand.
Have fun with our Word of the Week:
Author Visits and Events
Upcoming Author Events
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Previous Author Visits
Author Sue Cheung came to Forest Hill School to speak to Year 8 about her first novel “Chinglish”. We invited other local schools to bring a few pupils as well, as Chinglish has been chosen as one of the Lewisham Book Award older category titles this year, so will be read in schools all over the borough.
Sue’s story is very interesting, as was her presentation – often funny, at other times tragic. There were lots of questions asked at the end and sometimes the answer was “read the book to find out!”, lots of our boys are doing just that, with copies on sale on the day and available to borrow from the library.
It was a privilege to host author Nikesh Shukla in Black History Month 2019. He spoke to all our Year 10 students about a racist threat he suffered, explaining how he overcame the reaction he had by building his confidence and presence and how he had drawn on those experiences in writing his latest book “The Boxer”.
The boys were very interested in hearing about his life and that of his uncle, who brought the first case under the original Race Relations Act.
Nikesh Shukla is an award winning writer of short stories, writes for the BBC and national newspapers and has written another YA novel called “Run, riot”.
Lucy Van Smit
Lucy Van Smit struggled with dyslexia when she was younger, but went on to work successfully in television.
She engaged our Yr 8 boys with the story of her life and the making of stories. She also spoke to our set 1 / top set (not sure how the school will want to word that) Yr 9 English classes about her remarkable book “The Hurting” and you could hear a pin drop as they took in the nuances of the story and then discussed the ways in which storytelling can be used in many careers, including in top tech companies.
Copies of “The Hurting” are available to borrow from the library.
Author Bali Rai visited Forest Hill School Library on Friday and enthused our Yr9 boys, library helpers and other invited pupils with his thought-provoking talks.
He covered empathy, stereotypes, British black history and the importance of reading. As well as engaging 200+ pupils in the theatre he worked with RE, drama and history classes. Staff and pupils agreed it was a fantastic day.
Bali’s fiction books are available to borrow from the library and we also have a good stock of British black history non-fiction books for those who want to research some of the topics Bali spoke about.
FHS boys enjoyed Andy’s previous visit and some have eagerly read his “Inventory” series. Pupils and staff will be able to buy a copies of Andy’s books and have them signed at 3pm in the KKT. Copies will also be available in the school library for boys to borrow
On 12th June author Penny Joelson spoke to our Year 8 and 9 students about her recently published book ‘I Have No Secrets’ which has been nominated to be included in the book list for the 2017 Lewisham Book Award (older category).
She led an interesting and thought provoking session examining how vulnerable voices can be represented in literature and society at large, as well as some fascinating insights into the process of how an author’s manuscript is transformed into a printed book.
Several copies of her book are now available to borrow from the school library.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Poetry Jam December 2017
Mr. Simpson pays tribute at our December Poetry Jam 2017.
The next Poetry Jam will be in Easter, feel free to come along ready to join in either with your own poem or a favourite that you would like to share. See you there!
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. If you feel inspired then feel free to come along and add 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.
Book Awards Worth Knowing About
Scholastic Book Club
Research and Referencing
Useful sources & referencing