Library – Events and Activities

Library – Events and Activities

The Notley High School library aims to foster a lifelong love of reading and learning. Throughout the year, the library holds a number of themed activities and events to promote literature, reading and a passion and enthusiasm for learning.

Our extra-curricular activities cover a wide range of subjects, topics and themes; from science and maths, to multicultural and historical events. Events from previous years have included “CSI Notley”, “Survival Week”, “World Toilet Day”, “Around the World in 80 Minutes”, “The Brain Gym” and “Chinese New Year”. 

The library regularly promotes wider reading and encourages students to explore classic and contemporary literature through special events and activities. In 2017 we held a celebration of 75 years of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five. Students were invited to take part in a number of Famous Five themed challenges and if successful, were invited to a special Famous Five picnic with “lashings of ginger beer!” This was followed by a celebration of 20 years of Harry Potter and then a week of Shakespeare inspired activities.

This year, we started with a celebration of 100 Years of “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” celebrating 100 years of the weird and wacky world of Robert Ripley. We have taken a look at non-fiction books as well and during our Recycling Week, encouraged students to explore the topic of sustainability and recycling and included an Upcycling Craft Challenge as well as a Shelter Building Team Competition. One of our key events in our calendar is World Book Day. This is a celebration of authors, books and, most importantly, reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. This event is celebrated annually at Notley library with new competitions and quizzes every year.

Alongside our special themed events and activities, the library also runs special monthly House competitions to support the House system at Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form. Activities and competitions have included “Spot the Difference”, “Guess the Object”, “Christmas Quiz” an end of term treasure hunt and creative challenges such as “Day of the Dead Masks” and “Easter Bonnets”. Every student that participates in a House competition receives House Points for taking part; points and prizes are also awarded to winning tutor groups.

This year, the library is also supporting the Accelerated Reader Programme. The library celebrates students’ achievement through the AR Star Board; every student who achieves 100% on an AR quiz will have their name put on the AR Star Board and is then invited to a special reward event for treats at the end of each term.

The Notley library encourages all year groups to take part in the events. The activities are designed to encourage students to actively engage with the world around them, to explore new subjects and topics and, most importantly, to have fun!

Who said the library is boring? Certainly not our library—come and explore the fun! 

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