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National Novel Month and Competition

Hello Goresbrookians, 

November is officially celebrated as Novel Month and we here at Goresbrook definitely love our novels and appreciate the importance of reading. Reading, though, would be impossible if we didn't have all those authors and poets and playwrights writing amazing short stories and novellas and novels and poems and plays for us to read. 

As a result, my challenge for you this month is a Short Story Competition. (Please do feel free to make it a long story if you feel like writing a lot.)

There is no specific theme and there is no restriction as to how long your story should be. You can write your story by yourself or it can be a collaborative attempt at writing along with your besties. 

The deadline for submissions is 27 November and the winners will be announced through the website. 

Each entry earns you 3 DTAs and the chance to create an amazing new world. (Ok, yes, there is a reward for the top 3 stories wink )

You can submit your entry either in the library or through email to: dimitra.charalampidou@goresbrookschool.org.uk

If you need help, come to the library after school and Ms Dimi can help you. 

If you want to write your story online, you can go here: https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/ and use the classroom code: JAUCAXUD to enter Goresbrook School's Classroom. It's a place you can write your story and keep track of your writing. 

I am looking forward to reading your creations and travelling to worlds that you imagined and brought to life. 

Stay safe and stay kind, 

Ms Dimi

Poetry Competition Winners!

Hello Goresbrookians, 

Before annoucing the winner of the poetry competition we had here at Goresbrook School, I would like to say HUGE congratulations to every single one of you who have submitted an entry. Congratulations not only because you took part in the competition but because this was your chance to show that you care, it was your chance to speak up and express your hopes and dreams and work for a better world for everyone. 

Thank you for your poems, all of which were amazing and I really HAVE to point out how difficult it was for us to choose the top 3 (hence we ended up with a top 4 instead of 3). All of you will be able to find your poems in a library display after half term and I want you to know we are all super proud of you and I am looking forward to seeing your entries to our future competitions!

Without further ado, let me announce the 4 winners (in no particular order)!

        Pain slips from her soul

        drops slide down her cheeks

        voice trembles

        teeth chatter


        "why, my baby" she screams

by Denaeja


          The Rainbow Society that I dreamed of...

           I had a dream…

           Where my race wouldn’t be seen as a weapon*…

           I had a dream…

           That my race wouldn’t determine my quality of life

           I had a dream…

           Where Racism’s funeral was held in this generation


         I dreamed of a Rainbow** society

         Where all colours united and became one…

         Where not a single colour left behind…

         Where not a single superior colour of inferior

         Together they formed peace for humanity

         Racism ceased


         But my naive eyes were forced open

         These dreams faded away

         They sky isn’t decorated in rainbows

         There are no rainbows in this world

         Racism is having a birthday party

         Forcing every racist person to eat a slice of its cake


         The colours are in chaos


         A storm of colours rips through the sky,

         Wetting it with is destruction

         This rainbow society I dreamed

         Is only a memory…

         And not a reality


       How I wish the rainbow society was here now…

by Praise

* in the original the word 'weapon' is written in red

** in the original the word 'Rainbow' is written in so that each letter is in one of the colours of the rainbow. 


        Our Mission

        Bang! Bang! Bang!

        The more you shoot the more you rise

        The more you laugh the more we cry

        You shoot we hide

        You enslave we betray

        The vision we see for the future is bright

        With kindness and ove other than the usual plight

        No more can we stand your hate

        No more can we be shamed and ridiculed to this day

        We stand and fight for what is right

        We show and grow the truth is light

        For we see a promise

        In a couple of time

        Where everyone is the same

        Together in one

         But No more can we repeat the same

         And leave people to blame

         Because love is our future

         Love is our vission

         On this racial mission

by Joshua


by Rayan

The winners will receive an email with their prize after half term. 

Enjoy your holidays! wink

Stay safe and stay kind, 

Ms Dimi

National Poetry Day & National Black History Month

Dear Goresbrookians,

National Poetry Day is the annual mass celebration on the first Thursday of October that encourages all to enjoy, discover and share poetry. Today also marks the start of the Black History Month celebrations in the UK. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black people in Britain and beyond.

In light of National Poetry Day as well as October being Black History Month, our library is organising a Poem Writing competition. The theme for this year’s National Poetry Day is ‘Vision’ and you know that at Goresbrook we’re all about envisioning ourselves growing and becoming better not only students, but humans as well. Thus, for this year, we're taking the competition a step further and combining it with our vision of a world where everyone is equal regardless of their skin colour.

The rules are simple: The poem has to have the theme of 'Vision of a Better World for Everyone', it may rhyme and it may not, it can be long or short, and you can write it by yourself or you can write it with your friend(s). Submission deadline: Friday 16th October. You may give your entry to me (Ms Dimi) in the library or you can give it to your coaches, and I’ll make sure to pick them up.

That being said, there are so many exciting things you can take a look at if you want to know more about poetry and Black History Month!

  1. You can access many free poems here: https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/poems/poems/
  2. Read a blog about Poetry: https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/celebrate-national-poetry-day/national-poetry-day-blog-2/
  3. Access: https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/ 
  4. Come to the library and take a look at our display board about Black History.
  5. Borrow books from our library:

Stay safe and stay kind, 

Ms Dimi 

National Roald Dahl Day

Hello Goresbrookians, 

Today is National Roald Dahl day in the U.K. and it's a day when we celebrate a very important author, poet, scriptwriter and fighter pilot. 

Roald Dahl is well known for his books which we have all read and loved. Titles include: Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach etc. 

Roald Dahl | Lesser known facts about Roald Dalh and his life

Roald Dahl has won a lot of awards for his contricution to Children Literature. 

Fan Fact about Roald Dahl: During his years at Repton, the Cadbury chocolate company would occasionally send boxes of new chocolates to the school to be tested by the pupils. Dahl would dream of inventing a new chocolate bar that would win the praise of Mr Cadbury himself; this inspired him in writing his third children's book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964), and to refer to chocolate in other children's books.

If you want to take part in our celebrations, you can try and guess which Roald Dahl book each one of the following quotes is from and you can email Ms Dimi your answers.

“Don't gobblefunk around with words.”

“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”

“It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.”

“The snozberries taste like snozberries!”

“The walls were wet and sticky, and peach juice was dripping from the ceiling. James opened his mouth and caught some of it on his tongue. It tasted delicious.”

“How can you whip cream without whips? Whipped cream isn't whipped cream at all unless it's been whipped with whips. Just as a poached egg isn't a poached egg unless it's been stolen from the woods in the dead of night!”

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

“Two rights don't equal a left.”

“All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen.”

“There are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven't even started wondering about yet.”

Stay safe and stay kind, 

Ms Dimi

Welcome back!

Dear Goresbrookians, 

Today marks your first day back to school and I can't tell you how excited we all are to have you back! All staff have worked tirelessly in order to make sure that everything was ready for your return. 

Our library has had a tiny maker-over and close to a thousand books were added to our collection this year including fiction and non-fiction books. 

I am really looking forward to seeing every single one of you in the library but because I know our schedule doesn't allow you to come whenever you want to, here is a small sneak peak of what we have in store for you. 

See you soon!

Stay safe and stay kind, 

Ms Dimi

Shelfie Competition Winner Announcement

Hello Goresbrookians!

Last week's competition deadline has finally arrived and it is high time we sit down and look at the results!

I must admit it was definitely a difficult one but once again you managed to pull through and do the best you could and we are really proud of you! laugh

In this post I will annouce both the student and teacher winners of the competition as it was one that was running on both sides!!!

The student winner of the Shelfie Competition was the amazing Racheal B. who managed to identify correctly a whooping 7 shelfies! 

The teacher who managed to identify the most shelfies was Ms. Woolfson

clapping-gif - Kappa Delta Kappa Delta

Huge congratulations to both!

Stay tuned for the last library competition of this academic year!

Stay safe and stay kind, 

Ms Dimi 


Hello Goresbrookians!

Welcome to our very own library website. Here you will be able to find weekly posts with interesting things relating to the bookish, and not only, world. 

In addition to that, winners of any competitions will be announced through this website! laugh

For now, let me get you a bit excited about our new library books! By the time you come back, close to 1000 new books will have been added to our library shelves. We took under consideration all of your recommendations and hopefully if you did recommend something you will now be able to read it when you come back after the summer holidays. 

New books include titles such as: 

Bleach (manga) - WikipediaThrone of Glass: 1: Amazon.co.uk: Sarah J. Maas: BooksStormbreaker (Alex Rider): Amazon.co.uk: Horowitz, Anthony ...BLACK BUTLER, VOL. 2: Amazon.co.uk: Toboso, Toboso, Yana ...Queenie: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020 eBook ...The Black Flamingo: Amazon.co.uk: Atta, Dean, Khullar, Anshika: BooksThe History Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained: Amazon.co.uk: DK ...You Are Awesome: Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at ...Messigraphica: A graphic biography of the genius of Lionel Messi ...Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities: Amazon.co ...Body Brilliant: A Teenage Guide to a Positive Body Image eBook ...The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: The genre-defining thriller that ...

and many many more!!!

We're really looking forward to seeing you back at school. 

Stay safe and stay kind, 

Ms Dimi

Let’s talk about ‘The Classics’

Hello everyone,

Some of you might recognise titles such as ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Oliver Twist’, ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ etc etc. These are books just like any other, belonging to a variety of genres such as Romance, Adventure, Historical Fiction etc., but what makes them so special is that due to their age and the impact that they have had on literature, they also belong to a category called ‘The Classics’. The classics are nothing to be afraid of or be intimidated by, they are just books, and they are the ones that are mostly available online for free because people LOVE reading them (myself included)

Here is a small list of websites which offer free access to ‘The Classics’. Some of them only allow you to read the books online whereas others also allow you to download them on your device. Feel free to browse these websites and jump into a new adventure by starting one of the books! 

List (All of these more or less provide access to the same books but browse through them to see which one is more user-friendly towards you) :

Project Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Category:Fiction_Bookshelf

The Literature Network: http://www.online-literature.com/

American Literature: https://americanliterature.com/

Many Books: https://manybooks.net/

If you’re not into prose but prefer poetry, feel free to browse these two websites:

Poets: https://poets.org/

Poetry Foundation: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/

Stay safe and stay kind,

Miss Dimi

Libby: The app you need to read at home!

Hello everyone!

Were you aware that you might be able to access all the ebooks and audiobooks of your local library through an app?

Libby is an app which you can use if you are a member of a local library but can’t access it now because of lockdown!

All you have to do is go to ‘App Store’ or ‘Google Play’ on your phone or tablet and search for ‘Libby’! Then you can download the app and use your library card number to log in and access the ebooks and audiobooks available!

If you have a problem logging in you are more than welcome to contact your local library through a phone call or e-mail for help.


Harry Potter’s world in your house!

Welcome to our new website!

As a welcoming post, I decided to remind you of a wonderful way to travel from the comfort of your home. By visiting: https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home you can learn amazing new things about the world of Harry Potter and get inspired to create magical crafts.

The link to listen to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (as well as other amazing books for free) is this: https://stories.audible.com/discovery

So sit back, relax and enjoy getting swept away on a magical broom!!!

Stay safe and stay kind,

Miss Dimi


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