CGSG Library

It’s been a busy term in the Chatham Grammar School Library, and looks set to be even busier in Term 6! Here are some of the activities which have been going on.

Redesign a Book Cover Competition

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Students were asked to delve deep into their creativity to redesign the covers of two classic books: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, and Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. The current covers of the books are bland and boring, so the students were asked to create something interesting and fresh! We had some fantastic entries from various year groups; all using different medias and techniques, and it was so hard to choose the winners! The eventual winners with two spectacular designs were Precious and Drishya, both in Year 9, who came away wearing the 2019’s book cover crowns. They won sets of colouring pencils and drawing pencils, and both will have their cover printed and put on the books, ready to inspire new readers to turn the pages!

Guess the Book in the Jar Competition

Students dived into the game of guessing classic books from clues hidden inside numbered jars. We had a mad dash the first break time – and received several completed entries in fifteen minutes! We’ll intend to make it more of a challenge next time!

Medway Libraries Membership Signup

We held an event with Medway Libraries to encourage students who live in Medway to sign up for membership. Students were informed of the many benefits, including access to a wealth of books over the summer holidays, and access to their supply of eBooks and Audiobooks via the Overdrive App. It was a massively successful event, with many students now able to utilise online resources – and the extra bonus was the slice of cake they gave us!

We will also be hosting a Medway Libraries volunteering information event for students to come and find out more about volunteering in their local libraries over the summer holidays.

Strictly Come Public Speaking Club

Our brave members have had a challenge this term – writing a five-minute speech on a subject of their choice, ready for an internal competition next term. Students have been writing about complex topics like mental health, disabilities and prejudices. We look forward to hearing the results of their hard work!

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Author Visit at Medway Library

CGSG and BA students were both invited to attend an event, held at Medway Libraries, where they could meet Andrew Cartmel, author of the graphic novel series, ‘The Vinyl Detective’ books, and TV show script editor for ‘Doctor Who’ (Sylvester McCoy-era). He answered their questions about his experiences with publishing, his career in writing and they certainly picked his brain for writing tips! The event was a huge success and we are looking forward to the next author visit in June.


The Returned Books box has had a makeover – the epitome of up-cycling! This is the product of some unwanted comics, old books, and a tired old cupboard in need of some TLC. This is all part of a multitude of decoration changes that have been happening in the last year and a half – and there are more to come!

World Book Day Funds

Chatham Grammar held a tag day for World Book Day, with all proceeds being divided between the school library and The Beanstalk Charity, which offers children support with literacy. We raised an astonishing amount for our library, and the students have been writing down suggestions for some new books that they would love to read.

Students have also been generously donating their unwanted books to the library for others to read – we have had dozens of amazing donations that have been eagerly picked up and read since this started.

Year 11 Exam Support

There is currently a table in the library for the Year 11 to come and access revision guides, get some flashcards, and pick up a leaflet with advice about how to look after themselves during this stressful period.

Reading Club

There is a reading club now being held on Wednesdays after school. The students have read their way through a couple of smaller books and we will be starting on Benjamin Zephaniah’s Terror Kid in the last week of Term 5. This club provides a fantastic opportunity for the students to discover new books, socialise with other students in different years, and improve on spoken literacy confidence, as well as confidence in reading generally.