Spotlight on: Fortismere School

Monthly posts focusing in on Patron of Reading activity in different Haringey schools.

SF Said is patron of reading at Fortismere School and winner of  the Haringey Children’s Book Award 2016. SF recently took over from Fortismere’s first patron of reading, Sita Brahmachari. Join SF and the Haringey Chapter at the 2016 national Patron of Reading conference – click here for tickets!

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After introducing himself in an assembly, SF has focused on reading for pleasure with Year 7 and on creative writing with Year 8.

Librarian Gill Ward writes: Fortismere has been really lucky in having two fabulous patrons of reading.  We had exciting times with Sita Brahmachari and are now at the end of our first year of bookish adventures with superstar SF Said…  He has built an excellent rapport with our Year 7 students and will be continuing his journey with them into Year 8.  The creative writing of our older students has benefitted from SF’s experience and we are looking forward to a session on this year’s Carnegie Medal with them before the end of term (SF was a judge on the Amnesty/CILIP Honour this year).  And our Reading Champions competition, devised and launched by SF, has created so much buzz about books and the joys of reading.

On World Book Day, SF showed Year 7 a huge range of ways to share their love for a book – from traditional book reviews to book trailers. Year 7 are taking part in an inter-college reading competition.

In a writing workshop, SF asked Year 8 to think of stories they would want to read themselves, and then to write them.  They started with one-line ideas, then wrote first drafts, and then explored ways to improve their stories with the drafting process, and wrote a second draft on the day.  In a second workshop, he helped them identify, focus on and develop different elements within pieces of their own writing which they brought to the session.

SF has encouraged students to continue conversations by commenting on his blog posts about workshops. He has also posted some great creative writing tips on his blog.