On Wednesday 11th October a group of Year 8 students took part in the Carnegie Medal Winner of Winners event, at the Cheltenham Literature Festive,. The Carnegie Medal has been awarded each year to fantastic children’s books for the last 80 years. To celebrate this anniversary, schools were invite to take part in a special event. Gloucester Academy were very proud to be chosen to participate. Students voted for their favourite title from all the previous winning books. Our overall winner was The Borrowers by Mary Norton, which was published in 1952. The students from our Elite Readers book group were then invited to champion our book at the Town Hall in Cheltenham, as part of the Literature Festival. The exciting event was a debate to decide the ultimate Winner of the Winners. Gloucester Academy’s spokesperson was Josh Enon. Josh was up against some tough competition from the other five school that had been selected to take part, all of them championing for their favourite book. Josh also had to answer some tough questions from Alex O’Connell from The Times, who was chairing the debate.
Josh did himself and Gloucester Academy proud and I’m sure if Mary Norton had heard him, she would have been proud too! Josh received a book of his choice for taking part in the debate. Well done Josh! A big well done to the Elite Readers for taking part with a special mention to Mohammed Uddin as he managed to read all of the books that were nominated by the other schools! Ms Brinkworth, Librarian.