Word Millionaires and Library Refurbishment


Congratulations to first year class NU1, who were chosen to participate in the “Word Millionaire Challenge”.

New books were bought for the project and each book had a word count. The students were then tasked with reading five million words in in five weeks.

At first there was a reluctance to read fiction, with “Horrible Histories” and “Top Gear” books proving very popular. However, moving onto week two, the class turned their attention to fiction; with the World Book Day series of books called “Quick Reads” being very successful.

Quick Reads are a selection of books written by famous authors for readers who don’t have time to read a full novel; they average at 20,000 words per book and range in authors from Lynda La Plante to Andy McNab.

The “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” was also very popular; with many students reading all the books in the series. Other favourites included “Bud Not Buddy”, “Artemis Fowl” and “Gone”.

One of the most rewarding aspects of the challenge was that students began reading at home, as well as discussing their books with their families. Many students borrowed books for their parents and siblings as well as for themselves.

It was also great to see students bring in books from home; books that had been recommended to them by their parents. One very popular recommendation was “Shadow” by Michael Morpurgo, which ended up being read by six boys in the class.

At the end of the project, an assembly of the entire school recognised the huge achievement of completing the challenge. Well done NU1!

Library Refurbishment

On a related note, Douglas Community School are pleased to announce a complete refurbishment of the school library as part of our dedication to improving literacy in the school.

Over the years the library has become slightly outdated, with some of our magazines dating back to 1998!

There was also a feel that a lot of the teen fiction had become outdated and irrelevant to 21st Century teenagers.

Stage one of our regeneration project, entails categorizing and sorting books we want to keep from those we don’t’. Literary Critic Mr. Neil Bronks has been flown in especially to help with this stage.

More to follow…