21st June 2017 – On Monday Loreto played host to the Carnegie Challenge, welcoming students from Beaumont and STAGS.  This event was set up to coincide with the announcement of this year’s award winner.

The students played a game based around the eight short-listed books, which they had all clearly enjoyed.  They then voted on who they wanted to win – all 3 schools unanimously agreed that it should be Ruta Sepetys for her book Salt to the Sea.  It was therefore wonderful to learn, as they watched the award ceremony on a live stream, that she did actually win the award!  Everyone enjoyed listening to her acceptance speech.

Mrs Parkin was delighted with how well the Loreto students looked after our guests.  The students from Beaumont and STAGS were also a pleasure to have.

Lottie Moulton has written this report:

Being involved in the Carnegie Award was  a great experience. Ordinarily, I would not have chosen to read these books, but I am glad I had the opportunity to read and discuss them.  They turned out to be some of my favourite reads!   I read a range of different genres, from sci-fi to war, and writing the reviews gave me time to reflect and share my thoughts.  Our reviews were posted online for everyone to read, which was extremely exciting.

I thoroughly recommend reading the books on the Carnegie Award shortlist as each is original and well written.

Lucy Baker wrote:

I really enjoyed taking part in the Carnegie Award because it was a wonderful experience and got to read lots of books that I wouldn’t otherwise have even thought to read.  As well as this it was good to see my book reviews on the Carnegie website for other people to read.

On the actual day of the awards, I enjoyed meeting with the girls from Beaumont and STAGS, as it was nice to hear their opinions on the books we had read, and to make new friends with people we wouldn’t have otherwise met.

Overall, the Carnegie was a fantastic opportunity to read, write and make new friends.