Welcome to Sutton Grammar School Library

All students and staff are automatically members of our Library and able to borrow books from the collections.

The Library houses a large range of regularly updated fiction and reading for pleasure is very much encouraged throughout the school. The non-fiction collection is carefully chosen to support the curriculum.

There is a careers information collection and lists by subject of suggested wider reading for sixth form students as they prepare for their final exams and onward destination.

The Library is a bright, light and welcoming environment ideal for study or quiet reading and is open to all students during morning and lunch breaks. Resources include Pc’s, Scanners, printers, newspapers and Journals.

 

 

 

SGS Library Blog

  • SGS Library blog - November 2022

    date posted: Wednesday 23 Nov 2022

    November is always full of excitement from dazzling firework displays to Christmas decorations appearing in the highstreets.  We have our Library Christmas tree back again this year and we are asking Year 7 to help us decorate it with their ‘favourite book’ suggestions. Also, don’t forget to read about our famous Christmas book cover competition full details for both are further down the blog.    

    Check out these new books currently ready and waiting for you: The Fall by Robert Muchamore; The Blue Book of Nebo by Manon Steffan Ros and the November tradition of the library year… Guinness World Records 2023.

    These great titles are sure to get your knowledge flowing: The Long Shot by Kate Bingham; Muddling Through by Duncan Weldon and Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan by Sufiya Ahmed.

        

    Remembrance Day 2022

    On 13th November Remembrance Sunday was observed.  It is a day we honour the service and sacrifice of Armed Forces.  Many people wear the tradition of a red poppy as a symbol of remembrance and repsect. Remembrance Sunday is closely linked with Armistice Day on the 11th November which recognises the end of the First World War hostilities on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th Month of 1918.  In school we came together for a minute silence to mark Armistice Day.  The library displayed a selection of themed books available on Sora, in addition to the many we have on our shelves. 

    These titles are highly recommended for KS3/4: The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri; Hitler’s Angel by William Osborne; Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian.

    For KS5 we have selected these books as good ones to read and broaden your knowledge: Double Cross by Ben Macintyre; Unwinnable by Theo Farrell and Chocolate cake with Hitler by Emma Craigie.

    If you would like to learn more about remembering our military and civilians including the 40th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict click this link: www.what-were-remembering-this-year

     

    World Cup Fever

    The World Cup 2022 is taking place in Qatar where 32 of the top football teams represent their countries to become world champions.  This international football event takes place every 4 years since 1930 except in 1942 – 1946 due to the WWII.  The World Cup is known to be the most prestigious football tournament and is watched by fifty percent of the world’s population.

    We have real ‘class act’ reads that you’ll definitely want to ‘dive’ into! You are a Champion by Marcus Rashford; Over the Line by Tom Palmer and Booked by Kwame Alexander.

     

    New Graphic Novels

    Comic Club have been busy thinking of new books they would like to read and have come up with some super graphic novels.  They have now arrived and are ready for everyone to delve into, here are a few of them: Monster by Walter Dean Myers; Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto and The Crossroads at Midnight by Abby Howard.

    Looking for new graphic novel material?

    If you love graphic novels and comics and fancy exploring some new material, why not start with some Indigenous Graphic Novels, click on the link below for a great list of books.
    www.bookriot/ga/comics

     

    Bookmarked YA Book Podcast

    Check out these podcasts from the writers of Bookstacked.com designed for young adults to hear about news and latest discussions on books and authors:
     https://bookmarkedshow.com

     

    Mr Marshall Reviews
    “Alexander the Great” by Dominic Sandbrook

    History is many things, but at heart it really engages as a vivid retelling of our past, and no-one does this better than the historian Dominic Sandbrook in his new series for children and Young Adults (and, I have to say, older ones too), “Adventures in Time”.   Well told history should seize you by the gut and keep pulling until it lets you go, exhausted, exhilarated and informed, at the other end.  I think Sandbrook achieves this in all of his new series, but I particularly enjoyed his “Alexander the Great”.

    Alexander is one of the few extraordinary figures whose name echoes down millennia as a familiar one to successive generations.  Sandbrook shows us why.  There is no adventure story quite like Alexander’s.  Born into the stormy marriage of an ambitious king of Macedonia and his vivacious, strong-willed wife (who, amongst other things, slept with her pet snakes), the young Alexander quickly made his mark.  He was tutored by Aristotle, and as a boy he managed to tame the immense, wild horse Bucephalus – a feat even his legendary father hadn’t managed.  As a young man, he rode Bucephalus across continents, conquering all before him.  King at just 20 years old, by the age of 30 Alexander had created the largest empire in history.  He did it through daring, verve and tireless commitment.  He fought unequal battles and won them, lead from the front (endangering his own life on more than one occasion), embarked on desperate marches across desert land and mountains, defeated elephants and gained ever more kingdoms.  He married three wives for largely political reasons, but his strongest and closest friendship was with his boyhood companion Hephaistion.  When he died at age 32, Alexander was overwhelmed with grief and spent his own remaining months planning all sorts of monuments for his lost friend.

    For a brief moment at the end of his life Alexander controlled an empire stretching from his native Macedonia in Greece, to the northwest of India.   He was defeated not by enemies but by his own, exhausted soldiers who eventually begged him to turn back home.  Alexander retreated no further than Babylon, engaged in being an eastern potentate and died a mere eight months after Hephaistion, aged 32.  He had been king for just 12 years yet left an indelible mark on history.  He is the epitome of eternal, vigorous, successful youth.  Even action film villains cite his achievements, as Alan Rickman’s heist mastermind Hans Gruber did  in “Die Hard” (possibly the best Christmas film ever) when he remarks – “When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer”.

    Fiction cannot match the short life and adventures of Alexander the Great.  In Dominic Sandbrook’s expert hands, the great, conquering hero of Macedonia lives through vivid, page-turning prose that catches us better than any novel.

    In addition to Alexander The Great by Dominic Sandbrook, we have two more books to add to the Adventures in Time Series: The Six Wives of Henry VIII; Fury of the Vikings and The Second World War AdventuresAvailable for you to borrow from our school library now and impress Mr Marshall!

    For more books, podcasts and information on this author visit: https://dominicsandbrook.com/

     

    Watership Down Turns 50

    This month celebrates Richard Adam's classic novel 'Watership Down' turning 50 years old.  Originally the story was born out of Adam's imagination to entertain his children on boring car journeys about talking rabbits, Fiver, Hazel and Bigwig as they flee the destruction of their natural habitat to establish a new place to settle - the hill of Watership Down.​  Laterally his two daughters who were captivated by the stories and begged their father to write a book which has since sold 50 million copies​.

    Watership Down remains a truly ground breaking novel with thought provoking political, social and spiritual messages.  It is available in our library and on SORA.

    If you would like to explore more YA classic novels check out this list: .
    www.goodreads.com/classiclist

    Our library recommendations are: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (KS3); The Catcher in the Rye (KS4) and The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (KS5).

    Non-Fiction Month 2022

    National Non-fiction November is founded by the Federation of Children's Book Groups with this year’s theme being ‘Communication.’
    To learn more click the link below
    www.fcbg.org.uk/nnfn

    In addition there is a great competition for year 7 to write an “Interview with…” details of how to enter are below, the deadline is 5th December
    www.national-nonficnovember-2022-competition

    This month is a great time to pick up a non-fiction book and we have plenty in our school library.  

    Our Library non-fiction picks are:

    Touching the Void by Joe Simpson; Kays Anatomy by Adam Kay; The Almighty Dollar by David Dharshini; Prisoners of Geography, Our World Explained by Tim Marshall.

    Don't forget to check out communication themed lists, simply look out for the relevant key stages which are clearly highlighted
    www.communications-booklist.pdf

     

    Revision Guides

    It’s a busy time in school for our Year 11 and Sixth Form students as they navigate their way around study and exams. 

    We have many book resources to help, if your exam journey has started and you would like some study guides please come into the library so we can direct you to our selection. 

    Here are a few of the many we have available: The Art of Poetry volume 7, AQA Love and Relationships; The Art of Drama Vol 5, Romeo and Juliet; Collins Snap Revision for AQA English Literature and English Language.

     

    Available on SORA

    Check out what is trending on SORA, our whole school has free access to this online ebook resource by downloading the SORA app: https://soraapp.com/home, then use the setup code: uksecondary and select SGS, sign in using your school email.319@suttongrammar.london and email password.

    We currently are really liking the GCSE study guides, World Cup books and the SORA 2023 award winners & nominees, so login and start exploring.

     

     CALLING ALL Year 7
    “Favourite book” Christmas Tree 2022

    Our Year 7 "Favourite Book" library Christmas tree will be up and ready from 30th November 2022 we would like you to fill our tree with your favourite book titles!

    Simply grab a decoration from your Yr 7 form tutor, write on it your favourite book title and the author who wrote it, bring your decoration into the library and receive a chocolate or bookmark!  Let’s fill our Christmas tree with book suggestions and cheer!

    Christmas Book Cover Competition

    The annual Library Christmas Quiz takes place in the last two weeks of term. Students are asked to identify book titles and authors from picture clues. All correct entries are put into a hat and three prize winners drawn on the last morning break of term. There is also an edible prize for the the Form submitting the highest number of correct entries. Only one entry per person allowed. Rivalry between the year7 form tutors can be fierce as the competition hots up in the last week of term!

  • SGS Library blog - October 2022

    date posted: Wednesday 19 Oct 2022

    Autumn is here with the sound of rustling fallen leaves and darker evenings amidst, what better time to visit the school library and see what we have to read. This October is also the month of Halloween so we have some scary books to get your teeth stuck into; from ghost stories to the weird, wonderful and unexplained, the shelves are full of surprises at every turn!

     

    Ghostly Reads for KS3

    This Halloween we have some spookily good books for you to read.  Will they be full of tricks or treats, you decide? The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman; Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy; Cemetery Boys by Aidan Thomas; Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes; Witch & Wizard by James Patterson.

    Click below for some Skulduggery book fun and more this Halloween
    www.skulduggerypleasantbooks.co.uk

     

    Gruesome Stories for KS4/KS5

    These chilling novels have just been waiting to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, you have been warned! Wranglestone by Darren Charlton; Pet Sematary by Stephen King; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransome Riggs; The Woman in Black by Susan Hill; The Monsters we deserve by Marcus Sedgwick.

     

    The Master of the Fright

    Author Darren Shan never fails to grip readers right from the get go with his incredible blood curdling stories about Vampires, Zombies, Wolves and more.  If you haven’t read any of Shan’s descriptive and enticing novels then give them a go this Halloween - you won’t be disappointed.  You can also listen to the audio version of them on SORA.

     

    Why not take home one of these new books to read over half term: Into the Volcano by Jess Butterworth; Fake by Ele Fountain; About this Boy by Leon Rolle and Derek Owusu. Don’t forget to recommend any good books you’ve read to others. 

    More great titles to arrive on our library shelves are: In the After Light by Alexandra Bracken; The Sad Ghost Club by Lize Meddings; Dwayne the Rock Johnson by Lisa Williamson.

     

    Black History Month
    1st – 31st October 2022

    This year’s theme for Black History Month is “Time for Change: Actions Not Words,” which is calling on society to not only learn from the past but to actively tackle racism.  Black History Month is a time for the UK to celebrate Black history, culture and heritage together with embracing diverse communities all year round. 

    Here is a quick link to explain all about Black History month and how it all began: blackhistorymonthinformation

    We have some truly inspirational Black History novels for you to read: Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé; Black and British by David Olusoga; Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes.  Please do come and speak to Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Payne or Ms. Lo for more books around the subject or log onto Sora by typing Black History Month in the search box.

    Explore the rich history of Black writing and literature in Britain, there is a comprehensive timeline poster to download also:
    www.bl.uk/black-literature-timeline

     

    Author Focus: Angie Thomas

    Black American author, producer, speaker and activist, Angie Thomas has written a lot of YA books.  Her first novel, The Hate U Give, was inspired by her experiences growing up in a gun violent city using her unique writing skills to give a voice to those whose stories had not been told.  Other Angie Thomas novels in our school library and on SORA include:  Concrete Rose, On the Come Up and Find your Voice.  Check out Angie Thomas’s website:
    www.angiethomas.com

     

    Ms Jones Reviews
    Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

    This is a book for young adults, but I first read it as a not-so-young adult, and wished I’d found it sooner.  I was hooked on the concept from the very first page: ‘It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.



    In happier times, London would never have bothered with such feeble prey. The great Traction City had once spent its days hunting far bigger towns than this, ranging north as far as the edges of the Ice Waste and south to the shores of the Mediterranean. But lately prey of any kind had started to grow scarce, and some of the larger cities had begun to look hungrily at London. For ten years now it had been hiding from them, skulking in a damp mountainous, western district which the Guild of Historians said had once been the island of Britain. For ten years it had eaten nothing but tiny farming towns and static settlements in those wet hills. Now, at last, the Lord Mayor had decided that the time was right to take his city back over the land-bridge into the Great Hunting Ground.’

    I was drawn in by the fascinating premise of these giant mobile cities, devouring smaller towns and stripping them of their resources in order to survive, but found that there was much more to this book than an intriguing concept.  Reading Mortal Engines will make you think about sustainability and consumption, as well as the inequalities and prejudices we find in our own society.  It also has lots to say about friendship and trust, what is most important in life, and how appearances can be deceptive. 

    Most importantly though, it has characters to care about, and a cracking good plot. 

    Finally, when you have finished reading Mortal Engines, there is no need for post-novel depression: it is part of a quartet, so you can move straight on to ‘Predator’s Gold’ and get your next fix!
     

    Discover YA Podcasts on Demand

    Do you like discovering new books, hearing reviews about topical and sometimes controversial books and learning about book trends? Then why not give HEY YA podcasts a go available through the Book Riot Website:
    www.heyyapodcastsbookriot.com

     

    Book Review Winners

    Congratulations to winner Harry K in 8G for his fantastic book
    review of Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver (see below). Runner up prizes went to Mubashir 8G and Corin 8M for their respective book reviews of Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior by Chris Bradford and Night Flights by Philip Reeve. 

    All of our winners received Book Tokens and a selection of books.  We were so impressed by the high standard of the entries this year that we awarded all entrants achievement points – Well done!

     

    A Review of Wolf Brother
    by Harry K

    Wolf Brother is the first installation in a 9 book series by Michelle Paver.  Set in post Ice Age Northern Norway, it follows a young boy called Torak, who can talk to wolves.  After his Dad is killed by a demon, he sets off on a journey to save his home (the forest), encountering friends and foes, both animal and human alike, along the way.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Wolf Brother for many reasons.  The description plunges you deep into the story and creates a realistic world for you to follow.  Discovering the lifestyle and beliefs of ancient humans is fascinating.  In the Q&A at the back of the book, it is said that Paver met with modern hunter-gatherers, such as the Ainu of Japna and the San of Africa.  This is simply mind-blowing reading the strange but wonderful way of living they have, all combined in an ancient society that is both complex and simple at the same time.  Not only this but the detail of the characters and their day-to-day activities is astonishing.  It is different to how we live now, and I loved discovering how they survived without the technology we have now.

    Another thing I enjoyed was the imagination in the story and the twists and turns that shocked you on each turn of the page.  It had my heart racing faster than a chasing pack of wolves as I desperately turned the page.

    I can try to think of a bad thing to say about this book although I’d be thinking for a while – I don’t think I can give it anything less than 5 Stars.  In conclusion, I would certainly recommend it for older children who love adventure stories, with a side action, a sprinkle of daring feats and a large scoop of fun.

    Year 10 Blog Buddies

    Are you in year 10 and have a keen interest in writing and current book trends?  Then we would love you to get involved in our new 'Blog Buddies' initiative in School.  Please come and speak to Mrs Taylor/Mrs Payne/Ms Lo for more information?  Alternatively please email: library@suttongrammar.sutton.sch.uk. This is a great opportunity for you to get involved with your school community and become a published writer on our blog page.

     

    Medical Science Books

    Are you in years 10 -13 and interested in medical science?  Our school library has plenty of books to support your learning in and out of the classroom.  Being well read around your course subjects will further your learning experience.  Please do come into the library, we will be happy to help you.  Here are a few books to get you started: Pocket Atlas of the Moving Body by Mel Cash; Stiff by Mary Roach; The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks.

    For additional wider reading of medicine and veterinary science please click the link: Wider Reading in Medicine & Veterinary Science.pdf

     

    Discover Reading Zone

    Feast your eyes on the Reading Zone website for the latest news, views and reviews on books
    www.readingzone.com/young-adult

     

    Nasa Succeeds in First Planetary Defence Test

    In recent news Nasa, the US space agency, embarked on an exploratory test to see if it would be able to deflect any asteroid or comet that might potentially be a real threat to Earth.

    The Space agency launched the 'Dart" spacecraft to see it they could hit the asteroid Dimorphos, which posed no risk to Earth, in an attempt to send it off course.  The mission was successful and has become the world's first test of kinetic impact mitigation in which a spacecraft was able to collide into an asteroid modifying the object's orbit.

    For the budding astronomers and keen asteroid scientists among us, check out these great library resources we have on the subject: Wonders of the Solar System by Brian Cox; Planet Factory by Elizabeth Tasker; Earth from Space by Michael Bright/Chloe Sarosh. Don't forget to watch the moment NASA saw their accomplishment www.nasa.gov/planetarydefense/dart

    Need some inspiration? Take a look at SORA by typing in ‘Space’ or click this link below:
    Blasting into Space: 10 books about space | BookTrust

     

    Writing Competition

    The Chaucer Heritage Trust, which promotes the life and work of author and poet Geoffrey Chaucer, have launched The Canterbury Tales writing Competition 2022/23.

    The competition is open to all students with this year’s special theme of Promises, Promises. Choose from one of the following to write about:

    1. A poem or story about a broken promise
    2. A poem or story about keeping promises
    3. A description of a character that makes a promise

    Maximum word count is 500 words and all entries must be submitted by 28th February 2023 - Good Luck and don’t forget to let Mrs. Jones know if you’re thinking of entering.  See the link below for more details.
    www.chaucerwriting-competition.co.uk

    Pumpkin Picks

    Graphic Novels are a great way to immerse your imagination with vivid graphics and conversational style it is the perfect reading companion.  Here are some Halloween inspired reads for you: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving; Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell; Dracula by Bram Stoker; Through the Woods by Emily Carroll and we have loads more on our shelves!   

    SGS students can Join Sutton Library

    Did you know that you can join Sutton Library if you live out of the area?  As our School in the London Borough of Sutton, as a student of SGS you can join the library receiving a Library Card to borrow books and use all of their facilities.

    Please be aware, you will need your parent/carer/guardian with you to join.
    www.sutton.gov.uk/libraries

     

    Year 8 Comic Club

    Comic Clubbers have been busy designing a new Comic Club logo and personalising keyrings for the club.  We have learnt about influential artists such as Roy Litchenstein and the Pop Art movement. This week we started some storyboarding and some new graphic novels are on their way to us.  Comic Club runs term time for Year 8 every Monday, period 7 (Year 8 Early release day) in the Library.  New members are always welcome and there are plenty of biscuits to go round!

    A big thank you to Eric in 8W for allowing us to use his great cartoon drawing above.

     

    National Poetry Day 2022

    We celebrated National Poetry day in school on 6th October 2022.  School Staff chose their favourite poems which were displayed on our big library screen for everyone to enjoy.  To view the presentation please click:
    National Poetry Day Presentation 22.pdf
     Check out this link for to explore further fantastic and diverse poetry books
    Eight poetry books for National Poetry Day

     

    YA Books To Grip Your Reading Bug

    National Book Tokens have released a top 20 list of young adult books suitable for KS4, check it out…
    www.nationalbooktokens.com/yabooks

    We have some of the titles available in our library: Babel by RF Kuang; Politics for Beginners by Usborne; Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.

     

    Things to do in Half Term

    Free Half Term Activities

    Finding Diwali
    Saturday 22nd October: 10am-8.30pm
    Experience the sights and sounds of the festival of Light and enjoy free entertainment. This year’s festival is hosted by BBC Asian Network presenter and comedian Parle Patel.
    Where: Romney Road, London SE10 9NF
    www.rmg.co.uk/finding-diwali

    Stories of St Mary’s
    Youth Creative Writing Workshop
    Wednesday 26th October: 1.30pm - 3.30pm

    An exciting creative storyboard workshop inspired by the stories and history of St. Mary’s Church.  For ages 8-14.
    Where: St Mary’s Church, Beddington, Church Road, Wallington SM6 7NJ
    The event is free but you must book via Eventbrite or by contacting: heritage@stmarysbeddington.org.uk or call: 07555 144068

    Horniman Museum & Gardens
    Open daily 10am - 17.30 (closed over Christmas)
    Discover the delights in store for you in the Horniman Museum and visit their extensive collections of anthropology, natural history and musical instruments.
    Where: Horniman Museum & Gardens, 100 London Road, London SE23 3PQ
    www.horniman.ac.uk

    Riverside Nature Reserve Walk, Guildford
    Open daily
    Riverside Nature Reserve is a 30 hectare wildlife haven. It is located in North East Guildford along the River Wey. Enjoy views across lakes, boardwalk routes to explore the wetlands, birdwatching from the bird hide, feed the ducks on the main lake and just before the sunset look out for bats!
    Where: on foot from Stoke Lock, Woking Road, GU1 1QE/on foot through Thorneycroft Wood (behind Spectrum Leisure Centre, Parkway, GU1 1UP)/by car from Bowers Lane in Burpham, GU4 7ND
    www.guildford.gov.uk/riverside

    Make a day of it by combining it with:
    “Out - Side - In” Art Exhibition
    22nd October - 12th November 2022
    Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4.30pm (last entry to galleries 4pm).

    A free art exhibition of Paintings and Collage Works by Jennie Tuffs.  Acclaimed for her poster art on the London Underground since the 1980’s.
    Where: Guildford House Gallery, 155 High Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3AJ

     

    Activities in Half term with an Entry Fee

    Ghosts & Ghouls Family Tour
    24th October 2022 - 8th February 2023
    Price: £20 Adult/£15 Child
    A special family-friendly spooky guided tour of the Globe Theatre which brings to life the ghosts, spirits and scary happenings of Shakespeare’s most chilling plays.
    Where: 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT
    www.shakespearesglobe.com/ghosts-ghouls-family-tour

    Astronomy Photographer of the Year
    On until 13th August 2023
    Price: £10 Adult/£5 Child
    See the world’s greatest space photography at the National Maritime Museum.​​​​ This incredible photography competition is currently in its 14year.
    Where: National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, London SE10 9NF
    www.rmg.co.uk/photoexhibition

    Mexico Family Fiesta
    22nd Oct - 31st October 2022
    Price: £15 Adult/£5 Child
    Celebrate the Day of the Dead and immerse yourself in the vibrancy of Mexican culture with a whole day of fun, with activities, workshops, parades, through to our unique art installations in the Temperate House that bring Mexico to life.
    Where: Temperate House, Kew Gardens, Richmond, London TW9 3AE
    www.kew.org/whats-on/mexico

    The Gunpowder Plot
    On now until March 2023
    Prices Start from £40 Adult/Child (Save £10 per ticket aged 10 - 15years)
    A  thrilling new immersive experience which takes place in a purpose-designed immersive theatre space in Tower Vaults. The vaults sit beneath the infamous Tower Hill site where much of the prelude to the Gunpowder Plot took place before Guy Fawkes’ torture and eventual death.
    Where: UNESCO World Heritiage Tower of London, 8-12 Tower Hill Vaults, London EC3N 4EE
    www.gunpowderimmersive

    Have a great Halloween

    ‘Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble.’
    Macbeth, Act IV, scene 1

    Happy Diwali from SGS Library

  • SGS Library blog - September 2022

    date posted: Wednesday 14 Sep 2022

    Welcome back to the start of the new academic year.  It’s great to see our year 7 students already visiting our library and settling into school life at Sutton Grammar School.  Over the summer break we have been creating plenty of room on our shelves for new books together with updating some of our familiar old favourite novels! 

     

     

    In Memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

    As a school community we are deeply saddened to hear the announcement of The Queen’s death on 8th September 2022.  Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II reigned for an incredible 70 years and dedicated her life to service her country, the realms and the Commonwealth.  She came to the throne on 6th February 1952 aged 25 following the death of her beloved father, King George VI.  Queen Elizabeth II was a cherished monarch and we will remember her life as one of devotion, grace and strength.

    Following the Queen’s death, the throne immediately passed to her first born son and heir, Charles, formally the Prince of Wales.  On Saturday 10th September 2022 at St. James Palace, London, Charles was proclaimed King in front of a ceremonial body known as the accession council. Our new Sovereign King Charles III will be supported by his wife, now known as Camilla Queen Consort.

    We are now entering a new age called the ‘Carolean era,’ this is the period of time during the reign of King Charles.  ‘Carolean’ derives from the Latin name for Charles.  

    We are currently ordering some new books about The Queen’s legacy which will be in the library soon.  Check out Sora for ebooks documenting the historical lives of the monarchy by typing in ‘Royalty’ in the search box.

     

    Extended Deadline to 3rd October 2022

    Last term we launched a Reading Cloud competition to write a review of a book that you read over the summer holidays that you enjoyed.  Mrs Taylor has received some amazing entries.  However, due to temporary glitches in the system some students have not be able to sign into the Reading Cloud, therefore we are extending the competition deadline to 3rd October 2022

    If you would like to submit your book review entry and are unable to login to the Reading Cloud, please either write it down on a piece of paper and bring it into library or email it to: library@suttongrammar.sutton.sch.uk

    Library prizes to be won. Good luck!

    We have lots of new books ready and waiting for you to delve into. Take a look at these titles: I am Minotaur by Anthony McGowan; Rapunzella by Ella McLeod; 21% Monster by PJ Canning

    For fans of author Tom Palmer, his new book Resist is in our library together with these other great new reads: Life Between the Tides by Adam Nicolson and the incredible true story of The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.

     

    Nigel Barlett Reviews his Favourite Book:

    Fifty Things that Made the
    Modern Economy?
    by Tim Harford

     

    Rather than merely describing the chronology of how a "thing" came about or what it actually does (all information readily available on the internet) Harford, one chapter per thing, uses short stories and anecdotes to explain the significance of items as diverse as artificial intelligence; TV dinners; and, the Haber-Bosch process. Consequently, the short chapters often prove as entertaining as they are informative. For me, the most-thought provoking passages were where Harford described some of the the things' unintended consequences, such as how the introduction of the gramophone caused radically unequal pay in the music industry, or how the fridge shaped the politics of developing countries across the globe.


    Whilst it may be difficult to discern any systematic criteria for Harford's selection of things, and one or two chapters are frustratingly brief, reading this book is a great way to better appreciate how we live, work and play. It is not necessary to read the book cover to cover and the chapters can be read in any order. Finally, the sequel "The Next Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy" is recommended equally strongly."

     

    Take a look at these books to spark your interest in Art, Economics, Mathematics and Biology: 500 Figures in Clay volume 2 by Nan Smith (738);
    Captalism without Captital by Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake (330); Alex Through the Looking-Glass by Alex Bellos (510); The World Before Us by Tom Higham (575).   

     

    Leigh Bardugo Books have KS3 Readers Hooked

    When YA author and novelist Leigh Bardugo wrote her debut novel Shadow and Bone, the first in the Grisha trilogy, she had audiences captivated by with her teenage orphan heroine Alina Starkov.  Alina grows up in the Russia-inspired land of Ravka when, unexpectedly she harnesses a power she never knew she had in order to save her childhood best friend. Since then Bardugo has gone on to write two successful duologies: Six Crows, Crooked Kingdom and King of Scars, Rule of Wolves.  All of these books are available in the library and perfect companion for KS3 fantasy literature fans.

     

    National Poetry Day
    Thursday 6th October 2022

    National Poetry day it is a day for all poetry lovers far and wide to come together to share their experience of poetry. This year’s national poetry day’s theme is the Environment and we particularly liked this poem by Tony Walsh:

    Litter is Rubbish
    by Tony Walsh

    Just look at all that lousy litter! What a massive mess!
    The litterbugs have dropped it there, it's like they don't care less
    Just chucking mucky yucky stuff from trucks and cars and vans
    And flicking icky sticky stuff and kicking cola cans
    It's here, it's there, it's everywhere; there's rubbish all around
    It's swirling, whirling in the wind and groaning on the ground
    It's gushing in the gutters and the bushes and the trees
    It's time to make it stop because it's nearly near our knees!
    So please don't drop it, if we stop it everybody wins
    Just put your flipping litter in the flipping litter bins!

    There's pieces on the pavement and the paths beneath our feet
    There's bits to trip and slip on simply slung across the street
    There's sweet wrappers and treat wrappers and loads of mouldy food
    There's nasty stuff like pasty crusts and half the food's half-chewed
    There's burger boxes, bakers' bags and smokers' cigarettes
    There's grimy, slimy piles for miles, all soggy sopping wet
    There's germs and junk and gloopy gunk and grotty, greasy grub
    There's often shocking shedloads close to shops and schools and pubs
    So please don't drop it, if we stop it everybody wins
    Just put your flipping litter in the flipping litter bins!

    There's chip packets and crisp packets and broken glass and tins
    There's lazy people, crazy people, walking past the bins
    And putting parts of pizzas on a stack of stuff that stinks
    But why do people leave it there? And why don't people think?
    There's lumps and clumps of chewing gum, stuck everywhere like glue
    I dread it when I tread in it and get it on my shoe
    There's wasps and flies and, no surprise, there's even rats and mice
    That trash attracts and that's a fact and that's not very nice
    So please don't drop it, if we stop it everybody wins
    Just put your flipping litter in the flipping litter bins!

    It's piled up in the playground, in the park and at the beach
    When, easy peezy lemon squeezy, bins are near to reach!
    Just be aware and take some care. This place could be so nice
    Just take away your takeaway and hear this clear advice
    It isn't hard! It doesn't cost! There's often bins close by
    And if there's not then, hey, guess what, there IS no reason why
    Just keep a hold and take it home, re-cycle if you can
    It's so much cleaner, so much greener, such a simple plan
    So please don't drop it, if we stop it everybody wins
    Just put your flipping litter in the flipping litter bins!

    I said, please don't drop it, if we stop it, everybody wins
    Just put your flipping litter in the flipping litter bins!

    © Tony Walsh

    Click this link below to read more poems like this one and learn about National Poetry Day:

    www.nationalpoetryday.co.uk

     

    A New Book Club is Launched!

    Starting on Wednesdays after school in our library we have launched a new book club just for Year 7 & Year 8 Students.  We will be talking about books you have been reading and sharing ideas.  Pop along and see what it’s all about.

     

    Comic Club

    Year 8 Comic Club is back this term and runs every Monday afternoon term time, period 7 (year 8 early release day) from 14.35 – 15.35.  If you enjoy reading comics/graphic novels and want to find out what makes a good comic strip, learn about different comic styles and enjoy our great selection of biscuits, then Comic Club is waiting for you!  Just turn up, no previous experience required and everyone is welcome to join in the fun.…

     

    New Graphic Novels

    We have two new graphic novels to add to our increasing collection: Attack on Titan book 1 by Hajime Isayama and Heartstopper by Alice Oseman.