World Book Day 2019

It’s that time again! World Book Day 2019 is here!

World Book Day is the world’s biggest campaign to provide all young people in the country with a book of their own!

On top of that, there are hundreds of activities, events, podcasts, quizzes and competitions to get involved in. Check out their website for more details. World Book Day even sends a voucher to every student in the school which gets you £1 off any book, including their promoted one-pound-book selection. These will be appearing in your tutor trays in the week beginning the 4th March.

Keep an eye on this blog and in the ILC for details of events being run in the school, and even more prizes!


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

Do You Know Dewey?

The Dewey Decimal Classification system was first created by a chap called Melvil Dewey, all the way back in 1876. That’s him, just there. →

Essentially Melvil’s system organises every single possible non-fiction book by a set of numbers, meaning that no matter the subject, it can be found easily in any library, anywhere. (Or, at the current count, 200,000 libraries in at least 135 countries.)

These numbers are all the same as they’re all on the same subject. The three letters underneath indicate the first three letters of the author’s name.

The system is pretty simple when you get your head around it.

There are three digits before a decimal point and between zero and about eight or so after the point, although we don’t go above three in the ILC. 000.0 – 999.99999999

The first number tells you what the general subject is (as above in the picture), and then each further one tells you more about the subject, and gets more specific.

For example, if you were looking for a book on generic “science” you’d look under 500

However, if you wanted Physics, you’d look for 530.

538 would get you magnetism.

538.3 is electromagnetism.

And, 538.36 is nuclear magnetic resonance

And if you wanted to get really specific, with electron paramagnetic resonance you could go directly to 538.364, and find just the book you needed.

Handy subject guide.

The ILC has some handy guides organised alphabetically by subject to help you find the right book. You can also search the catalogue by double clicking on the clever icon on the desktop when you log on at school. You can also use this map of the ILC to direct you by subject to the area you need.

Throwback Thursday

While most libraries will fall over themselves to tell people about the new books they’ve had in, we thought we’d have a change and seek out the oldest books we could find in the ILC.

These are our three oldest:

  • Freshford, A Study, by The Rev P. J. Goodrich, published in 1929
  • The Place-Names of Wiltshire, edited by Allen Mawer and F. M. Stenton, published in 1939
  • A History of Everyday Things In England, Pt 4, by M. & C.H.B Quennell, published in 1942.

All are from the history section, and date from when the ILC was part of Fitzmaurice Grammar School, long before St Laurence existed.

The oldest is a history of the small village of Freshford, not too far away from Bradford-on-Avon. It was written by local vicar, Percival John Goodrich.

The place names book from 1939 is a bit dull, but good for the odd fact. For example, Bradford on Avon was originally Bradanforda be Afne in 900AD, and Budbury (one of the names for the school houses) was originally Bodeberie in the Doomsday Book of 1086.

The 1940s history book was written by a couple, Majorie and Charles, who were an artist and an architect respectively. It covers housing, city planning, dress, everyday utensils, transport, and material culture from the mid-19th century through to 1942 – what would today be defined as “social history”. Whilst Charles wrote most of the text, the book is full of Marjorie’s detailed illustrations.

Together all three give a small insight into what life might have been like in Bradford-on-Avon and the local area over the past 100 years.

Get writing!

The BBC have launched their annual 500 words short story competition.

The competition is open to writers up to 13 years old. All you need to do is tell the best story possible in 500 words. What will you write about? Spaceships? Grannies? Cookies? The best day of summer? Snow day surprises?

Check out the BBC 500 words page here. You can submit to this brilliant national competition online. Check out the prizes up for grabs here too! You have until the 8th of March!

Once you’ve finished your story, you can submit it to a school-only competition too! Bring it down to the ILC where Mrs Lown will have a prize for the best one.