Monday, 18 June 2018

Recommended Books - Summer Reading 2018

A selection of new and exciting reads for the summer
    as recommended by Ms Nicholas, Villiers School Librarian

Recommended reads this summer

-          The Surface Breaks, by Louise O’Neill: A feminist and modern retelling of Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. It packs teenage romance, a reflection on the place of women, and of course, a wonderful imagining of the undersea world.

-          I am Thunder, by Muhammad Khan: The struggles of a teenager whose ambitions conflict with her parents. A story about bullying, racism, and a life-changing encounter.

-          Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi: The first instalment in a new fantasy trilogy. After a ruthless king decides to banish magic and kill whoever possesses powers, a young girl resists and fights back with her own magical capabilities. A tale of divided love, belief, and a heart-stopping drama.

-          La Belle Sauvage, Volume 1 of The Book of Dust, by Philip Pullman: A book set in the world of His Dark Materials. The saga continues with two children who find themselves pursued by a terrifying evil while looking after a child. No ordinary child however, but one who could decide the fate of the future.

-          Moonrise, by Sarah Crossan: A seventeen-year-old is convicted and will be executed for a murder he didn’t commit. The story follows Joseph, his little brother, who travels the country to say goodbye. An emotional story told in evocative verse.

-          Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls (1&2), by Elena Favilli: There is no age to appreciate these stories of brave women who contributed to change the way we view women in general.

-          Stories for Boys who Dare to be Different, by Ben Brooks: the same but for the other sex. The stories of men who challenge the misconceptions we might have about what boys should be like.

-          The Belles, by Dhonielle Clayton: A tale of beauty, obsession and magic. In a world where beauty means everything, the queen’s favourite Belle Camellia discovers that dark secrets and dark magic lie underneath the surface.

-          Indigo Donut, by Patrice Lawrence: Bailey grew up in foster care, Indigo is obsessed with his guitar and his hair. Yet, these two different teenagers come together and when a dangerous situation arises, difficult choices will have to be made. A story of love and the need to belong.

-          Satellite, by Nick Lake: A science-fiction thriller written in ‘text-speak’. After being born and raised in a space station, Leo and his twins are preparing to journey to the Earth for the first time, unaware of what they will face there and that their trip will have shattering consequences.

 Any book by Michael Morpurgomakes a great read. Favourites include Private Peaceful, War Horse, Shadows and many more.

Any book by John Green, including The Fault in our Stars and Looking for Alaska. 


Other Great Reads
Noughts and Crosses, by Malorie Blackman            
The Dare, by John Boyne
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte                                              
My Antonia, by Willa Cather                  
The Book of Lost Things, by John Connolly
The Weight of Water, by Sarah Crossan
Once, by Morris Gleitzman
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton 
Shadows on our Skin, by Jennifer Johnston
Into the Grey, by Celine Kiernan 
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Chalkline, by Jane Mitchell                
Trash, by Andy Mulligan
The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness                       
The Wind Singer, by William Nicholson
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
True Grit, by Charles Portis
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
Stone Cold Drama, by Robert Swindells

Americanah, by Chimimanda Ngozi  Adichie          
Behind the Scenes at the Museum, by Kate Atkinson                              
The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood                      
Persuasion, by Jane Austen                                   
Days Without End, by Sebastian Barry                           
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte                               
Room, by Emma Donoghue                         
Silas Marner, by George Eliot                                  
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald                  
It’s Not Yet Dark, by Simon Fitzmaurice                  
The Next Step in the Dance, by Tim Gautreaux                         
If This Is A Man, by Primo Levi                                     
Star of the Sea, by Joseph O'Connor                         
1984, by George Orwell                           
The Damned Utd., by David Peace                                
The Spinning Heart, by Donal Ryan                                  
Touching the Void, by Joe Simpson                                 
The Sound of Things Falling, by Juan Gabriel Vasquez                

Monday, 4 June 2018

Green Flag Awards

Another Green Flag for Villiers School!
Congratulations to Ms. Mahon, Ms. Carswell and Transition Year students who received the Green Flag for water conservation in Cork last month. Fantastic achievement.

Kindness Flag Award

Congratulations to Ms. Sexton and all students involved who received the Kindness Flag Award in King John’s Castle - fantastic achievement. We are very proud of you.

Leaving and Junior Cert Timetables 2018

Best of luck to all students

Leaving Certificate Timetable 2018

Junior Certificate Timetable 2018

Friday, 1 June 2018