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Think we need a little more Zombie-Fiction, but a tonne more non-fiction on things which go bang? Give Fiction in the survey a 20, and non-fiction an 80! Let us know what makes the ILC great, and what could be better. Click the link below, it will only take you about a minute, and let us know how to improve.

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Welcome to the ILC

Hi guys,

Welcome to the new ILC blog at St Laurence School. We’re hoping that you can use this space to see what’s going on in the ILC, even if your day is too busy to pop in. Keep an eye out for new stock, see what reads we’re focusing on this week or even learn a new word of the week.

We’ll also be letting you know about events and competitions that are happening throughout the year, like World Book Day, author visits, review competitions and loads more.

Keep Reading,

The ILC Team

The healthy vending machine

According to the Guardian, a new vending machine has been installed in Canary Wharf, allowing workers to pick a one, three or five minute story. With stories from Anthony Horowitz, Lewis Carroll, Virginia Woolf and Charles Dickens, there’s something for everyone and best of all it’s free.

Short Édition story machines will soon appear at Canary Wharf.
Short stories at the touch of a button

To find out more check out the Guardian website.

What do you think? Is this a vending machine worth having? Would you want one at school? Which authors would you pick to feature?

Revision time…

Yep, it’s that time of year. Exams are approaching and, no matter if they’re your mocks, GCSEs or A levels, you have to revise in order to do your best.

The trouble is, everyone works in different ways. There isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” solution, so it’s worth trying out a few different techniques to find what works best for you.

List what you need to know! Once you’ve revised it once, tick it off – You’ll want to see at least three ticks by each topic to make sure you’ve really understood the content.

Try using past papers (you can find these on the exam body’s websites or in the student drive) to help you identify which areas you need to focus more on.

Practice exam conditions at home. This will take off some of the pressure for the real thing as you’ll know what to expect and how to time your answers.

Remember to take the time to have breaks! You don’t want information overload or burn out. For this reason, it’s a good idea to chop and change the subjects you’re studying too. Try revising in 30 minute blocks, switching the subject each time.

Flash cards can be a great help for short facts you need to memorise; quotes for English, equations for maths , and formulae for science. Try these, but make sure you’re picking the right exam body.

Avoid distractions. Believe it or not, mobile phones, tablets, and the internet are not usually very helpful during revision. We suggest you turn off your phone, and leave it in another room. Or possibly lock it in a safe. On another continent. And give the key to your mother.

Make sure you look after yourself. A healthy body helps keep your mind healthy, which will help with remembering all those facts. Eat the right foods, sleep enough, drink lots of water – You know the drill.

Getting tested, and teaching others are brilliant revision techniques. This is a good idea only if the people you’re revising with are more help than hinderance – Don’t let your friends distract you!

Rather than just writing boring pages and pages of notes, try making spider diagrams, use highlighters, stick postit notes on the wall of your bedroom or on the fridge – Mixing up the methods you use help to keep things fresh, which helps you remember.

The Book Thief – A student review

‘The Book Thief’, written by Markus Zusak, offers an alternative story of Germany during the Second World War, and presents how conflict can cause a downfall of one’s country.  The words within the novel are powerful and heart-warming, offering both hope as well as the survival of hardship under the Third Reich. This moving novel creates sympathy of the survivor’s stories as well as a deeper understanding of mankind and the harsh cruelty possibe other human beings.  As mentioned by ‘Scotsman’s report, “Zusak’s writing is hugely imaginative” and creative, as the story is narrated by death, or perhaps a higher being, or God. This is presented in the quote “I could introduce myself properly, but it’s not really necessary … I will be standing over you, as genially as possible. Your soul will be in my arms”. Zusak’s creative writing infuses religion through even the darkest of times in history, perhaps Zusak is asking his readers to consider their own beliefs and how they are affected.

Although Liesel is known as the “book thief”, she was inspired by the words within the stories and wanted to further her education, does that still make her a book thief or someone who is courageous, who gathers inspiration and transforms it into her daily life. Furthermore can we ultimately call ourselves “book thieves”? As the author’s create words that inspire our understanding of the world we live in and further our development of finding love through friendship and family, the fulfilment of grace and pursue loyalty towards others.

I would recommend this book to those in year 9/10 and above as Zusak’s imaginative language can pull on anybody’s heartstrings, also be prepared to have tissues.