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The Summer Reading Challenge!

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What do do with your summer after a week at home and the temptation to scream aloud, ‘I’m boooooored!’? Why not escape to a new world, a new country in a different part of the world, a different time period? Why not live the life of a spy, a rebel, a prince, or a Harvard symbologist? Where can you do all these things? Those of you who’ve been paying attention will know the answer already. Books, of course!

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year here in the UK across the country and allows you to chart your progress with reading and foster great habits that will sustain you over a lifetime of great reading. All you have to do is go to your local library, register, and read six books of your choice. Every two books that you read, you go back, talk to someone at the library about the books you’ve read and take out two more, receiving cool, free stuff as you go along and with a bigger prize and celebrations around the country at the end of the summer.

If it sounds a bit daunting, don’t worry. Librarians and Reading Challenge volunteers are ready to help you choose books that appeal to your interests and to your reading ability that you will enjoy and find inspiring. And if you are a confident reader, love books and are between 11-24, you can volunteer to help with the Summer Reading Challenge.

Go on. Grab a book. Enjoy it.

Happy holidays and happy reading.


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Standing and Delivering… The Jack Petchey Speakout Challenge

The Jack Petchey Speakout Challenge is an annual competition held across London to celebrate public speaking. It is open to all year 10s and this year, Elliot McKay was chosen to represent King Solomon High School with fellow year 10 Ethan Berg in reserve. Both performed admirably displaying great oratorical skill. Here they are with their entertaining and thought-provoking speeches, ‘Nerds’ and ‘What I Think.’ Check them out and let us know what you think.

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