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Book Club

We are pleased to be encouraging our students to read for pleasure and it has been a delight to see students from all year groups logging their reading at the "Olave's Reading" Sharepoint Site since its launched in Autumn 2021.

Our initial questionnaire to students about their reading over the previous year showed that many of our students are already keen readers with parental support (thank you!), and so we are encouraging them to read a wider range of topics and genres as well as more overall.

The "Olave's Reading" Site contains the Olavian 100 - our top 100 suggestions for fiction and other books, sorted by key stage that reflect the diversity of our students as well as a reading log for students to keep a record their reading.

Promoting Reading for pleasure

Departments have provided reading suggestions that are available for students on the Olave's Reading Site. These are also published on the pertinent Subject pages of this website.

Reading1Colourful posters encouraging reading and promoting books from the reading suggestions are decorating the school corridors; more are appearing every few weeks.

A House quiz on books attracted 225 entries across the school with an average score of 12/20.

Students’ reading logs enter them for an individual/form competition to read the most books overall by the end of June. They also show whether a student has read at least seven books by the end of June, with at least one from each of these categories: languages; humanities; English fiction and drama; science and medicine; creative arts (including music, art, design technology and engineering); and maths and computing.

Forthcoming Events 

Until the end of May, we are also running two book club meetings per half term for each key stage, with each focusing on a book from a different category.

Reading2The first focused on books translated from other languages; the next meetings, in the week beginning 31 January, will cover creative arts books. Years 7 and 8 will discuss the audiobook The Story of Classical Music by Darren Henley;

Years 9 to 11 will discuss The Power of Art by Simon Schama; and Years 12 and 13 will discuss Invisible women: exposing data bias in a world designed for men by Caroline Criado Perez.

Future dates and books for book clubs will be advertised here and on the Olave's Reading Site as well as through the school. 

Reading for pleasure - update - Jan 2022 

Students do please keep your eyes open for these, and Parents - don't forget to ask your son or daughter when they are happening and what the chosen books are!