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Book Week Scotland 2016

This years theme for Book Week Scotland is Books into Movies so we are asking staff and pupils alike… What is your favourite book that was turned into a movie?


We have lots planned this week to celebrate Book Week Scotland in Baldragon.

  • Every lunchtime in the library  we will  be showing films based on books as well as reading the books too! First one is James and the Giant Peach.
  • All S1-S2 literacy classes are getting the opportunity to enter a book movie quiz with a chance to win a prize for the class.
  • A team of 4 S2 pupils will be representing the school at the annual Interschool’s book quiz.Prizes are vouchers for the winning team plus a trophy for the winning school!
  • Lots of classes and departments are taking the chance to join in with Book week. Amongst other things going on around the school they are looking at murderous molecules in Chemistry and shocking electricity in Physics and many other activities in departments  promoting the love of reading for pleasure.
  • Staff are joining in too promoting their favourite book that has been turned into a movie and our Buisness Manager will be handing out either free books or reading dares all thanks to the Scottish Book Trust.
  • Our new exciting Paired Reading project will be celebrating Book Week Scotland too. This project has been set up to help support some of our S1 pupils to help increase their confidence and enjoyment of reading. The aim is that the S5/6 pupil reads with them and helps wherever needed  with a goal set  each week by the pupils involved to encourage the S1 pupil to do a little bit more each week. This one-to-one quiet time has got off to a great start with both S1 and senior pupils enjoying the experience .
  • The LRC is busy this week with Literacy classes working in teams researching and designing their own board games, Skills classes are finding out new ways to help them search the internet effectively and lots of English classes are coming to choose books.

Our LRC shelves are looking a little bit bare just now with so many books being borrowed which is fantastic but please remind your child to return any library books they have at home that they have finished reading. Texts will be going home to remind them and their English Teacher will be asking them too! The librarian can help with any queries about missing or overdue books  if your child goes and has a chat with her and she won't be cross if the book has been found but has been out for two years, not two weeks. She will just be glad to have the book back.  

How to Support your child at home with their reading.

Parent Zone Scotland has some great tips on their website about ways in which to support literacy and reading at home for children of all ages but the secondary school part particularly has some fun ideas to encourage good reading habits. The librarian will be more than happy to help suggest books your child might like.

Keep and eye out here and on our school twitter feed where we will post some of our activities going on in the school.

Happy Book Week everyone!



World War 1 Book Competition

Back in the autumn term all the secondary schools and one of their feeder primary schools were asked to take part in an exciting book competition. Authors had been invited to send in a story based around World War 1 and a short list of three books were chosen.

Each secondary school identified a group of S1, or S2, pupils to read the 3 shortlisted  titles and once the pupils had read all three texts, they visited their  primary school in your cluster to talk about the books to one or two P5, 6 or 7 classes. They told the children each of the stories and read a short extract from each manuscript.

We took along 6 S1 pupils to Sidlaw View Primary and Kaela Fraser, Corrie Cunningham, Skye McGregorm, Megan Davidson, Rebecca Ogilvie and Lucy Park did a fantastic job telling the pupils all about the books.   

Sidlaw View pupils were then asked design book jackets for the books and these entries will be submitted back to Baldragon School Library and our group of S1 readers judged them.

The shortlisted  designs were sent to their respective authors. The authors were asked to judge the winning entry for their book. 

On the morning of Wednesday 25th March 2015 we all went off down to the Steps Theatre to hear the exciting announcement of which author had won to have their book published but also which primary school pupils had won the award for best book covers.

The overall winner of the World War 1 Book competition was John Fulton for his book the Wreck of the Argyll. A huge congratulations to him. We were very pleased for one of the pupils from Sidlaw View whose book cover was the winner for the book "Shell Hole", so well done. You can see the front cover attached to this story.

If you would like more information about the competition and the stories that were shortlisted please click here and read what our pupils thought of the books and the event.


World Book Day 2015

Schools and public libraries across the country celebrated World Book Day on March 5th.

In Dundee we ran our very own Dundee Interschools Literacy Book Quiz where teams of S2 pupils from our secondary schools came together to become this years champion. It was a great morning stretching the minds and knowledge of pupils and staff alike. Well done to Morgan Academy who won and well done to our team of Naomi Watt, Mollie Graham, Eilidh Dolan and Andrew Watson who came a very well done third. Back at Baldragon Academy tutor groups were testing their book knowledge with a book quiz and a very well done to tutor group K5 who got 15/15.

Supporting Local Charities

In the lead up to Christmas we supported two local charities . If you were in the LRC at any point during that time you would think that we were storing  lost property. The school collected over 50 unwanted coats and jackets which were given to the “donate a coat” scheme. The coats were then distributed to those in need of a warm coat this winter.

Pupils and staff also raised money during Book Week   Scotland to help support a scheme run by Waterstones, Dundee City Council and Literary Dundee, who aimed to offer a moment of festive cheer and personal enjoyment to the young carers in Dundee. It was a way for people to gift a book to a young  person who have a caring role. There were gift tags on a tree to choose from but the scheme was so successful that there were no tags left so we chose books which will be kept at the Young Carers Centre. Two pupils and members of staff went down to Waterstones to pick the books and hand them over for delivery.

Book Week Scotland

Towards the end of November we took part in Book Week Scotland and joined with many school and public libraries in celebrating all things reading

. We ran a very successful book quiz for all tutor groups. Thanks to all who took part and well done to  L3 tutor group who won. The English Department produced some great art work for display in the  LRC and you may have seen  staff and pupils alike walking around with stickers on displaying details of their favourite book.  It is great  to be able to celebrate and  encourage a love of reading in  whatever form with a week dedicated to this.