“A novel is not just a work of art; it is somehow a work of life as well.” George P Elliott

Creativity is the theme this week, and a lovely little quotation to set us on our way. This is not THE George Elliott, but a 20th Century American writer. The quotation got me thinking about reading and how much I enjoy it and how we try to get the students to enjoy it too, as it is such an important way of expanding one’s ideas, creativity, vocabulary and a great way of relaxing.

My favourite author is Haruki Murakami who I first came across fifteen or so years ago when I bought “Norwegian Wood”. I was hooked and have since read everything that he has ever written. A number of years ago, he published a novel that was so long, that it came in three volumes-1Q84. Whilst I don’t remember all of the details of the storyline, the one thing that has always stuck with me is how in the book, there are two moons in the sky. The book is so well written, so realistic and believable that every time I went outside whilst reading it, and for months afterwards, I expected to see two moons in the sky! That is powerful writing!

Every term here at school, we hold some kind of reading event to promote reading, literacy and books in general. It is always a lovely event, after school, and the bonus is that the kitchen always provide us with cakes, biscuits, fruit and drinks. We had the event last week, with the theme of The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party”. It was great. Lots of students and staff came along, and not just for the food! Lots of people read excerpts from their favourite books and shared the reasons why. We also looked at what new fiction is available in the library.

It is a really important role, in my view, that libraries play in schools, as they encourage reading, research, study and self-discipline. We are really lucky here too to have a librarian who is kind, caring, knowledgeable, generous, fun and an absolute super star. I really do not know what we would do without her!

So what are you reading at the moment? Summer holidays start next week, so I am drawing together my reading list and planning which books to take with me. I have 3 or 4 so far and can’t wait to get started.

Have a great weekend wherever you are and don’t forget to pop in and see us if you are in the area

Best Wishes

Chris Randell