Here are details of our past events.
Our Reading and Creative Writing Club met on Tuesday 28th April to discuss Billionaire Boy by David Walliams
Our Reading and Creative Writing Club met on Thursday 26th February to discuss Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.
Our Reading and Creative Writing Club met on Thursday 8th January to discuss Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling.
On the 12th the Academy was fortunate to welcome Adisa the Verbaliser who performed poetry which was both humorous and challenging to our Year 8 students. Adisa is an accomplished speaker and author of 'Lip Hopping with the Fundi-fu'. It was an unique opportunity for our students to witness dynamic and interactive poetry.
Belfairs Academy held an event to promote reading for Year 6 students. Various stalls represented book shops e.g. The Book Inn, local authors and departments within the Academy and the LRC stall had samples of books from the Pathways Reading list.
Essex Book Award ceremony, organised by Essex Schools Library Services, at Brentwood Ursuline School, was attended by a number of local schools. A short film clip of Chris Wooding was shown explaining why he could not attend the ceremony and spoke of his influence when writing.
We were then introduced to David Sanger, a publicist for Scholatic Publishing, who accepted the award on Chris Wooding's behalf. David spoke of the importance of various roles within the publishing industry from publicity to the role of the editor.
The 6th was World Book Day; this was celebrated by a visit from local author RIchard Kurti who worked with a group of Year 8 students with the aim of inspiring and motivating them in their writing.
Over the last decade Richard has worked on a huge range of projects and has written dialogue for Robin Hood, Isaac Newton, Captain Nemo, James I, Shere Kahan, Sherlock Holmes, Alan Breck, Robinson Crusoe and Sinbad.
Students heard about Richard's exciting career, they then went onto start their own hit novel and considered how to turn this into an opening scene for their very own Hollywood blockbuster. Richard spoke about how he got inspiration for this book 'Monkey Wars' and emphasised the importance of the opening chapter - to grab the readers' attention.
On the 20th, Science Fiction writer Malcolm Rose spent the day at Belfairs Academy. During the day he played the part of a fictional killer to get students thinking about forensic clues left at the scene in order to catch the killer. Students were then given the opportunity to write their own scenarios.