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Literary Festival - Monday 3rd - Friday 7th July

St Ivo School celebrated entering July with their annual Literary Festival. It was hard to top last year’s week but our guests and students have made it the best year ever! Monday began with returning author, Marcus Alexander. In spite of injury, Marcus not only talked to all year 7s about his creative inspirations for his Charlie Keeper trilogy, but he demonstrated some fearsome trampoline stunts before delivering creative writing workshops. Next, year 8s were transported to the streets of Shanghai, along the Yangtze River and into the world of the circus by author Julian Sedgwick. Without ruining the finale, Julian’s tricks were breath-taking and will be remembered by all those fortunate to witness them. Ex Students, Laura and Olivia delivered their renowned Illustration workshop to a range of key stage 3 students on Thursday. The quality of the artwork amazed – what a talented collection of students! To round off the week BAFTA award winning Course Leader from CRC, Michael Warburton, encouraged Year 9 students to imagine a story for a game that they’d love to play. Some amazing and wacky designs were developed, all completely original. Many returned at lunch to continue the discussion with Michael and feedback consistently used the words "fun", "creative" and "more time to develop our ideas". What a fabulous end to our memorable week of events!

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Author Julian Sedgwick

Book Illustration Workshop with illustrators

Gaming Workshop with Michael Warburton from CRC

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St Ivo Resource Centre
Monday-Thursday 8am-5.30pmStudy Support 3-4.30pm
Friday 8am-5pm

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Thursday 19th November 2015 - Visit by author Tamsyn Murray
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Literary Festival - July 2015

Marcus Alexander Visit

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Sally Gardner Visit
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Frances Hardinge Skype Session

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Book Illustration

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Oscar Evening
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Enjoying Science Reading Challenge - Easter Term 2015
Winners of the Enjoying Science Reading Challenge - April 2015
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Winners of the Design a Bookmark Competition - March 2015
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1st - Kayla - Year 7Joint 2nd - Hollie - Year 7Joint 2nd - Sunisa - Year 8
17th March 2015 - Visit by Dr Helen Mason OBE,top solar physicist from Cambridge University

26th November 2014 - Visit by Joe Craig, author of 'Jimmy Coates' speaking about creative writing

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November 2014 - The St Ivo History Club decorated the Resource Centre windows with poppies and a section from the poem 'For the Fallen' by Robert Laurance Binyon


Literary Festival - July 2014
Annabel Pitcher Skype Session
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Karen McCombie Visit
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Marcus Alexander Visit

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Geography , Art, Maths, History and Dance
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'The Book Thief' Film Showing

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Oscar Presentation Evening

Potato Character Winner
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Ellie Year 7
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Potato CharacterThis was our winning entry for the Potato Character Competition held during the Literary Festival in July, won by Ellie in Year 7.

Harry Potter Potato Characters made by the Resource Centre staff to advertise the
Potato Book Character Competition which took place during our Literary Festival.

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Manga Artist Anna Fitzpatrick visits the RC

It was lovely to see Anna back at the Ivo, her visits are always very popular.
This year the RC held a Manga Competition - with the prize being
a sketchbook, pen and pencils.
To make the prize extra special Anna drew a personalised manga picture for
the winner!
The lucky winner was Year 7 student Ellie

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St Ives teen author’s fantasy trilogy sells thousands on Amazon
NATHAN DAVEY.jpgNathan Davey, a former St Ivo School student, had given up on becoming an author after his first five attempts at fantasy fiction flopped on Amazon. But when he decided to write from the heart rather than what he thought people wanted to read, he found thousands of online fans.

The first two volumes of his Sparkle Trilogy sold more than 10,000 copies – both paperback and e-book – in Europe and the US and the first instalment topped one of the charts on German Amazon in May.

The series, which follows teenage sorcerer Amber Sparkle as she discovers a horrifying secret, has been acclaimed by Amazon users in the US – where the bulk of Nathan’s sales have been made. His stories have even been compared with the Harry Potter and Hunger Games novels.

6th Form Quiet Area in the RC


We are very pleased to report that the 6th Form Quiet area was opened on the 26th September 2013 by
Sue Campbell, Chair of Governors. This long anticipated space is a large area with plenty of space to spread
out and 18 dedicated computers and a printer.

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