World Storytelling Day

Storytelling is, literally, as old as humans. Telling stories has formed the base of culture for as long as people have roamed the earth. Telling stories has been the way of sharing knowledge, passing on important information, remembering history and entertaining young ones.

Everyone from the Vikings, to the cave men of central Africa, or the bush people of Australia to the rappers in 1970’s Harlem have told stories.

But nowadays, often only the very young are told stories in a specific way. World Storytelling Day aims to change that.

World Storytelling day wants to celebrate the art of storytelling, whether it be to the youngest members of our society, or the oldest, sharing and enjoying stories and the spoken word.

STEM & British Science Week

The ILC at St. Laurence actually has a huge number of brilliant resources for all subjects, including those which come under the heading of STEM.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths is, not only a fascinating set of subjects, but they all interlink, creating a whole world of knowledge, fun facts, and access into an untold number of different career pathways.

Want to be an architect? What about an environmental activist? Computer game designer? Yep, you’ll need to dive into the world of STEM.

The guys over at have loads of info, activities and competitions to get involved in, and there’s loads of activities around the school this week!

Reading Bingo Competition

for World Book Day

It’s competition time here in the ILC, and to celebrate World Book Day, we’re asking you to complete our reading bingo card!

Complete any one line down, across, or through the “free square” diagonally, and you’ll be in with a chance to win one of 5 prizes we’re offering. You can come into the ILC to request a card or download and print off a copy using the link below.

You have until the end of term to complete your line, submit it to the ILC and be entered for your prize!

Carnegie Medal 2019

The Longlists for this years Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals have been made!

This year 254 different books have been nominated for the prize, split between the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal. Between them these prizes showcase the best in children’s and YA literature each year.

You can check out all the longlists for this year here:

Carnegie Medal Longlist 2019

Kate Greenaway Medal Longlist 2019

The Shortlist will be announced on the 18th March with the winners being announced on the 17th June 2019. In the meantime, do you have a favourite from the nominations?


Coming this November…

Ever thought about writing a novel? What about trying to smash one out in a month? Fifty-thousand words, thirty days, one story.

The month of November is given over to Nanowrimo – or NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth.

Find that 50k word goal a bit daunting? We don’t blame you!(Although it’s only 1,666 words per day – about two hours of writing or so.) But you can sign up to Nanowrimo’s Young Writers Program instead! Here you can join our “Classroom”, and, more importantly, you can set your own goal. To join us, whatever your age or target word count, use this code QWAJDXWJ when you sign up.

On the Classroom’s website, you can view how everyone else is getting on, join in the chat and share ideas. You could also join us in the ILC every Thursday evening from 3-4pm plotting, creating characters and building worlds, as well as writing hard when November rolls around!

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!