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School reading club supported by Stables

Banovallum School pupils taking part in the reading club at the Old Stables

Banovallum School pupils taking part in the reading club at the Old Stables

Horncastle’s Old Stables coffee shop has linked up with one of the town’s secondary schools to support its newly-formed reading group.

GCSE pupils at Banovallum School are taking part in a reading group set up by English teacher Ms Lord.

The initiative is designed to promote wider reading of challenging texts among Year 11 students.

Some of the books covered so far include ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee, ‘How I Live’ Now, by Meg Rosoff, and George Orwell’s ‘1984’.

Ms Lord said: “Each session is very much student-led with little guidance and prompting from staff.

“The students discuss the key issues presented in the text and also share their personal and critical response to it.

“The latest idea, starting at the December meeting, is for staff and students to present ‘My Life in Books’, where we can share those novels and short stories that have influenced us at a particular time in our lives and hopefully share new reading experiences with each other over the course of the coming months.

“The decision to host the group away from the school environment means that students can discuss their reading in a relaxed atmosphere with a frothy hot chocolate to sip on during their discussions.”

Deputy Head Boy Ben Erentraut said: “I really enjoy taking part in the club because it gives me an opportunity to read more non-fiction which I don’t usually read.”

 

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