Girl Power Celebrations For World Book Day
Samantha Mackintosh, whose book Kisses for Lula was nominated for the Queen of Teen authors award, visited the Academy on World Book Day (Thursday, March 3rd) and spoke to students from CBA, Kettering Science Academy and Brooke Weston Academy.
She gave a lively talk to the group about the inspiration behind her work, including her own experiences as a teenager.
Students completed fun quizzes before tucking into cupcakes, marshmallows and mock pink champagne.
CBA's Librarian Amy McKay invited along girls who are CBA's top library users and borrowers or those who have excelled at the Academy's Accelerated Reader programme, a competition set up at CBA to promote reading for pleasure.
Miss McKay said: "We quite rightly focus on boys' reading because proportionally, more girls read but it's sometimes nice to celebrate those who read regularly as well as concentrating on those who don't.
"We had a fun, girlie afternoon - everyone had to wear pink and they were given little gifts to take away.
"It makes a huge difference if students actually get to meet and speak to an author - I know Samantha's book will now be in the top borrowing list for the next few months.
"It's great for them to meet someone outside of school who is interested in writing for their age group."
Also launched on the same day at the Academy was the Read Your Way to Uganda competition. CBA has developed strong links with an education centre in Uganda and each year, Sixth Formers visit the Discovery Centre. To raise awareness of the Uganda programme, CBA is holding a summer sleepover - complete with an African story teller - but to win a place on the camp, students must first complete a reading challenge. For every 250 words they read, they earn one mile to Uganda and with the total distance 4,068 miles, students must read approximately 11 books the length of a Twilight saga novel in order to secure their place on the camp.
CBA is aiming to help set up a library in the Discovery Centre to help more Ugandan students continue their education.