GFM Virtual Library
Welcome to the secondary phase GFM Virtual Library - offering 24 hour access to reading, learning and all things library! We promote reading for pleasure, reading across the curriculum, reading support and facilitate best practices in research.
We hope you find the information on here useful and engaging.
GFM Reading Lead - Removing Barriers
Assistant - Fiction Specialist
Assistant - Sixth Form Specialist
Bay House School Library
Brune Park School Library
Welcome Year 7
Want to know what to expect from the library?
Watch this video
Author Chris Bradford
Read along to the new book 'The Way of Fire'
The Power of Reading
Introduction to the library
We thought it might be nice to have a quick induction of the library. This is filmed at Brune Park, but reflects exactly what you can do at Bay House too.
WHAT BAY HOUSE SCHOOL LIBRARY HAS TO OFFER
Take a look at all the great things that happen in the Bay House Library!
WHAT BRUNE PARK SCHOOL LIBRARY HAS TO OFFER
Take a look at all the great things that happen in the Brune Park Library!
A summer of sport!
With the summer sporting season well under way, there is lots to look forward to, including Euro 2020, Wimbledon, The Olympic/Paralympic Games, The Open, the British Grand Prix, the British and Irish Lions tour and England test cricket, along with many other sporting events!
So, if watching all this sport inspires you to pick up a sporty read, then let us help you with some recommendations from our PE booklist.
Footballer Marcus Rashford:
‘I want to give the next generation the opportunity to read’
Reading for Wellbeing
The Mental Health Teen Reads book list contains lots of fiction and non-fiction recommendations along with links to some really useful support organisations. Remember that according to research by the National Literacy Trust, those who engage with reading are three times more likely to have high levels of mental wellbeing than those who do not. (NB: engage means those who enjoy reading, do it daily and have a positive attitude towards it). Try to spare just 10 minutes a day to read before going to bed to help reduce anxiety and increase happiness
Voluntary work opportunity
This summer the public library reading challenge is "Wild World Heroes". They need volunteers aged 14+ to support the summer reading challenge from 3 July to 18 September. See the poster or go online for further details, if you are interested in helping.
eBook and Audiobook recommendations
Stuart Lawrence: How the power of reading can help us through difficult times
After he lost his brother Stephen in a racially motivated attack, Stuart Lawrence found strength and comfort in reading. Today he is a strong advocate for the power of books as a way of steering our future. His first book, Silence is Not An Option, encourages young people to use their voice for change.
Click here to read Stuart's article.
Japanese Culture section
We're excited to have purchased some amazing books to go towards our newly created Japanese Culture section. When you're next in the library be sure to take a look...
Moxie - on Netflix
Moxie girls fight back! Adaptation from the popular novel by Jennifer Mathieu.
Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules. Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.
Room with a view
One thing technology has enabled us to do is visit the world without going anywhere. Whilst it's nice to be able to travel, it's not always possible, so through a number of websites, you can now experience places like never before...
Holocaust Memorial Day - 27 January
HMD was marked with a secondary phase assembly led by Mrs Oliver. Please take some time to visit the HMD website where you can learn more about the Holocaust and genocide.
Taking the time to read about other cultures is seen to improve empathy and understanding of differences. Don't forget we have a recommended multicultural booklist that will help with this.
Life is like a book...
I think we can all relate to this! Keep looking for that book which sparks your interest in reading. This site has lots of recommendations for you to try, and you never know, it might just be the book that keeps you wanting to turn those pages!
THE POWER OF POETRY
Take a look at the anti-bullying book lists for Bay House and Brune Park that suggest books and websites that tackle the themes of bullying.
Collins Dictionary Word Of The Year 2020: Can you guess what came top?
"Lockdown" has been named as the Collins Dictionary Word Of The Year 2020 at a time when dozens of previously uncommon words have become everyday because of coronavirus. The annual 10-strong list of additions is dominated by words and phrases relating to the pandemic, including furlough, key worker, self-isolate and social distancing. Added to the dictionary this year for the first time are TikToker, which describes someone who shares content on the TikTok social media platform, and mukbang, defined as a host who broadcasts videos of themselves eating a large quantity of food :0
You don't have to look far to find hope in a book. Many authors have lent their words to the power of optimism.
Books bring us entertainment, inspiration and ideas. They allow us to reflect on the world around us, and escape from it. And, at times of upheaval and confusion, words from authors can spark that most valuable thing of all: HOPE.
Bram Stoker, Dracula
"There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights."
For more quotes click here.
Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson's Coronavirus Cartoons
The well-known pair have reimagined some of their best-known characters in the light of the coronavirus crisis, creating a series of images showing how the Gruffalo, Zog, Stick Man and others are coping with social distancing, home schooling and isolation. Click on the 'Room on the Broom' image to see all 12 short animations.
National Poetry Day
National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by the charity Forward Arts Foundation, whose mission is to celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience. The Day enjoys the support of the BBC, Arts Council England and leading literary and cultural organisations, alongside booksellers, publishers, libraries and schools.
The 2020 theme was 'VISION'. Here is a selection of poems linking to the theme, from poets past and present, to help you 'See It Like a Poet'.