DGS Library is a vibrant and stimulating space which is used regularly both for research and independent studying, as well as for relaxed and enjoyable reading. It is a welcoming and safe environment used by the whole school community on a daily basis, for teaching, learning and academic achievement.
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Patron of Reading: Jo Cotterill
Take a look at the video below for an introduction to our Patron of Reading, Jo Cotterill!
Hello, DGS! I am VERY excited to be your Patron of Reading 2016-2019! I'm looking forward to meeting lots of you and hearing about the books you love/hate/want to climb inside as well as all your brilliant ideas for stories and characters. I'll be coming in for events every now and then, and also to recommend books to you that I've read and loved.
I've been publishing books for children since 2004 and now have over 25 to my name. I used to be an actor and then a teacher (GCSE English in an Oxford school!) but now I write full-time at home in Kidlington. I went to an all-girls school myself, so the environment at DGS feels very familiar and homely. My latest books are the Electrigirl series (about a female superhero, partly told through comic strip) and A Library of Lemons, a story about a girl who loves books and discovers friendship. I've also won some awards for my novel Looking at the Stars, which is about a girl who loves to make up stories and realises that her imagination is the best asset she could have as a refugee.
When I'm not writing, I write songs for my band First Draft (three children's authors and one bookseller) which performs occasionally at book and music festivals. I also love crafts, especially card-making, and spend far too much money in Hobbycraft. Do come and say hi if you see me around school!
Take a look at the video of Jo announcing the winners of her t-shirt design competition!
Patron of Writing: Elaine Baker
As our brand new DGS Patron of Writing, Elaine Baker will be working alongside students and staff next year to inspire and stimulate creative writing across the school, as well as to promote the writing profession as a potential future career pathway for students.
Elaine has been a story writer since the age of around six years old. She has always had a particular passion for poetry and after studying creative writing with the Open University in 2009, began submitting work for publication. In the last five years, she has had continued success with publication and has recently been working on her first poetry collection. She is currently a poetry Masters student at The Poetry School, London and has read her work at the Troubadour Cellar Club, London. You can read more about Elaine’s work on her website, elaine-baker.com and follow her poetic reflections and #poetweets over the summer on Twitter @kitespotter.
Elaine is delighted to be taking on the role of Patron of Writing at DGS and is very much looking forward to: getting creative and wordy with Year 9 and 10 students in writing workshops in English lessons; mentoring a small group of Year 9 and 10s throughout the year and supporting them in creating their own work; leading a session for some of our Year 7 and 8 Advanced Learners; tailoring and running a special session for Sixth Form and, alongside the students, putting together a celebration of all things wordy in DGS’ very first Word Week, in term 6 next year. We also look forward to Elaine working alongside Jo Cotterill, DGS’ Patron of Reading to celebrate reading and writing for pleasure throughout our school community.
A final heads-up for students: watch out for the upcoming student Poet Laureate opportunity, which our new Patron of Writing will be unveiling when you all return from the summer break!