Alive n Kicking summer programme
Arnold Hill Academy was delighted to welcome back a LitFest favourite in Leicester born, gritty teen fiction writer, Bali Rai.
Bali gripped year 10 in a whole year talk about life and literature and the importance of being yourself. Identity in modern Britain was a hot topic about which he spoke frankly, and challenged year 10 to be proud of their identities as human beings. He spoke about his inner city upbringing, his family and friends, and their influences on his stories’ settings and characters.
Bali then took a library workshop session with a group of years 7 and 8. Our pupils were enthralled by his anecdotes and opportunities to ask questions. The interactive session was based on the message to ‘dream big’ and choose the right path in your life. He shared many ideas based on being the best you can. The session culminated with all pupils receiving a signed copy of one of his novels.
Congratulations to our year 9 girls' rounders team who finished 4th at the Nottinghamshire Schools' Summer Games last Friday.
On the second day of the Arnold Hill Literary Festival, a group of privileged Year 7 pupils were given the opportunity to meet local author Dan Walker for the second time in three weeks!
During his visit, Dan led an engaging workshop in which pupils considered the benefits of reading and the structure of a narrative. Pupils then moved into small groups and worked on designing a story with a given structure. Pupils worked together effectively, with everyone demonstrating excellent listening and leadership skills.
Dan Walker, a familiar face to the library at Arnold Hill said, “I have never worked with a group of such passionate readers!” This is high praise indeed; we are really proud of the pupils who participated in the session.
Monday 9th July saw acclaimed author Fleur Hitchcock visit Arnold Hill on the initial afternoon of the Arnold Hill Literary Festival 2018.
As part of her visit, Fleur spoke to a group of specially-selected Year 7 pupils about the process of writing and her achievements as a published author. Activities included focused listening tasks, writing activities and exploratory work based around her book covers and blurbs.