GALLERY: Sir Harry Smith College wins Cambridgehsire schools reading challenge

11:08 01 July 2014

Carnegie Award Day.Cromwell Community College, Chatteris. Sir Harry Smith team. Picture: Steve Williams.

Carnegie Award Day.Cromwell Community College, Chatteris. Sir Harry Smith team. Picture: Steve Williams.

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An event for the annual Carnegie Award scheme took place at Cromwell Community College.

Carnegie Award Day.Cromwell Community College, Chatteris.Picture: Steve Williams.Carnegie Award Day.Cromwell Community College, Chatteris.Picture: Steve Williams.

Students from Sir Harry Smith College, Witchford Village College, Ely College and Cromwell Community College took part in the day long event.

The pupils were asked to read and present four books shortlisted for this year’s CILIP Carnegie Medal, a prize awarded to one children’s or young people’s fictional book each year.

Miss Timms, a teacher at Sir Harry Smith College, said: “I am very proud of all of the students. They described the books brilliantly and it’s nice to see that their reading has paid off.”

The students, in school groups, were given books which they had to analyse and present to the other pupils by creating a display board about the book.

Carnegie Award Day.Cromwell Community College, Chatteris. Michelle Priest with Cromwell team.Picture: Steve Williams.Carnegie Award Day.Cromwell Community College, Chatteris. Michelle Priest with Cromwell team.Picture: Steve Williams.

Pupils from the schools attended the event and around five were chosen from each school to discuss their book.

When asked about the day, Louise Aldridge, a member of the Cambridgeshire Librarians who attended the event as a special guest, said: “I was very pleased to be invited today having judged the competition previously.

“I thought the children all worked well and discussed the books very articulately. It was so heartening to see young people still reading books.”

The chosen winner was Roof Toppers, presented by Sir Harry Smith College. The team received a trophy and this book will then be put forward to receive the next Carnegie Medal.

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