21st June 2018 – Earlier this week, 16 students from Y8 took part in the 2018 ‘Carnegie Challenge’. This requires them to read six of the short-listed books and write reviews on them, which are then posted on the Carnegie Website.  They also attend a weekly reading group in the library, during which they exchange and discuss the books with the other ‘Carnegie Girls.’  This requires a big commitment on the part of the students, so as a reward  pupils from Loreto, Beaumont and St Albans Girls School gathered in the STAGS library to watch the award ceremony and enjoy a beautiful lunch, kindly provided by our hosts.

The girls enjoyed playing a board game, creatively crafted by the Beaumont librarian, and then we all watched the winner being announced.  This was Geraldine McCaughrean, who won with her book ‘ Where the World ends’.  A lively discussion followed the announcement, as some children thought other books should have won!

This was a very successful day, and Loreto would like to thank STAGS for welcoming us so warmly to their school.  A huge thank you to all our girls too who read many books and wrote some very good reviews!  We would also like to thank our librarian Mrs Parkin for inspiring the girls to take part in this event.  It was wonderful to see how the Carnegie Challenge takes girls to books they would not normally choose to read, and gives them a wider experience of reading for pleasure.

Well done to all the following pupils for taking part:

Jessica Buzzle

Francesca Duke-Giles

Isabella Byrne

Milly Hayes

Philippa Green

Kerry Mawn

Lucy Duggleby

Jada Obano

Leila Nyamande

Rebecca Wise

Katherine Woods

Terri-Jo Ssebaggala

Nneka Hammond

Mia Mason

Phoebe Hammond

Isabel Spitzer