• DGGS 144 (2016)

Library News

​"Time is set aside in English lessons for silent reading and this encourages a love of books and passion for reading."


Ofsted, June 2016

A warm welcome awaits students who visit the school library.  I have over 30 volunteer librarians regularly available during lunchtimes through the term to recommend books, authors or point you in the right direction when looking for subject supporting books.  We also have magazines on fitness, fashion, sport, as well as crosswords and Sudoku. There is something for everyone to enjoy in the library.

Carnegie Shadowing 2017

We recently took part in the annual Bexley Libraries Carnegie Book Award, hosted at Townley Grammar School.

Nine schools from across the district took part.  Students entertained the audience which included the Mayor of Bexley and the Children and Families Manager from Bexley Library Services with a 3 minute presentation on their favourite book from the shortlisted 8 titles.

Carnegie Book award 2017


Visit to Wilmington Grammar School for Girls:

A small group of Year 7 students were very excited to have the opportunity to meet Poet Neal Zetter during a recent visit to Wilmington Grammar School for Girls.  The students learnt the importance of editing when writing along with some wise words from Neal on the importance of wider reading to improve and enhance vocabulary.

Neal Zetter pic for website1

World Book Day 2nd March.

WBD Logo

Students in Year 7 had enormous fun dressing up as their favourite book character to celebrate the 20th anniversary of world book day recently, helping to raise funds for our annual readathon at the same time.


To find out more about world book day events, look at recommended reads for all age groups, listen to author interviews and to have the chance to enter the fantastic Harry Potter competition, have a look at the official world book day page by following the link below:


Events we have arranged over the last year.

Since the beginning of September the Library has been a hive of activity.  I have welcomes over 30 new student librarians who volunteer their help during break and lunchtime.  Their energy and enthusiasm is marvellous to see.  I have received some excellent book reviews which are now displayed around the library, helping students to decide on their next book choice.

On 6th October 2016 we celebrated National Poetry Day with a visit from International Poet and former Canterbury Poet Laureate Patience Agbabi.

Pic for National Poetry day

On Thursday 6th October 2016, we were very lucky to have much celebrated poet Patience Agbabi join us for a presentation on poetry.

Patience started off with a mini biography about her life and what got her into writing poems. She was brought up in North wales, and started writing poems from the age of about 14. She was not an ordinary poet though, as she liked to write from more obscure points of view, such as that of a juvenile delinquent. Patience said she was very lucky to get a place in Pembroke College in Oxford University and she went on to get a degree in English Language and Literature and an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Sussex. After she left university, she started getting into the spoken word and has written four books, the latest one published in 2014 and called ‘Telling Tales’.

Then she talked a little about what inspired her to write, such as documentaries and film noir, and even old poetry books such as the Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer) got a remake.

Next, Patience recited some of her poems off by heart- she performed R&B, Prologue (Grime Mix) and showed us a picture of one of her poems as a tattoo - R.A.W (an acrostic poem). Patience then talked about ‘Poetry By Heart’- a competition for Year 10s and above where different people recite poems by heart, as you may have figured out by the name of the competition.

There were some interesting questions asked at the end, such as, “How do you get inspired to write when your mind goes blank?” She answered this example by saying, “Do what you love, you’ll get inspiration from that.” Finally, Patience treated us with an exclusive book signing of ‘Telling Tales’ and some pictures.

Overall I think it was a very inspirational talk and I would love to hear some of her poems again.

Rebecca, 7P

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Just before Christmas a theatre trip was arranged to take librarians to see the hit musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  The feedback from the trip was excellent; students were captivated for the whole performance.

Events to look forward to over the coming months

The Annual Readathon

This event, which is celebrating its 20th year will be launched in school on 6th     February. This will be open to all students.  Please ask in the library for further details on how to sign up.  The Readathon will conclude on World Book Day Thursday 2nd March, when students taking part can enjoy lunch in the library discussing the books that they have enjoyed.



The Carnegie Award

We also look forward to the Carnegie Shadowing Event, whose launch date is 17th March.  This even is open to all year groups. Please call into the library for further details or see the link below of a photo of students enjoying debating and casting their vote from last year's shortlist with students from Wilmington Grammar School for Girls.  This year I am sure will be equally exciting, particularly as the event is celebrating its 8th year.

Carnegie award


DGGS Book Fair

Our book fairs are a very popular event, these run three times a year and are always very popular with our students.  The books are provided by Scholastic Book Company, each book fair earns rewards for the library to purchase new stock for the students to enjoy.

Book Reviews, Book Recommendations and Poems

I do look forward to receiving student reviews, recommendations and poems.  If students would like to email any of the above please do so to rob@dartfordgrammargirls.kent.sch.uk. A selection of all of the above can always be found in the Library section of the DGGS Times on the link below.


School Libraries

Author Cathy Cassidy's thoughts on the importance of school libraries:

“I see a lot of school libraries on my travels around the country as a children’s author - they are often where my school events begin and end, with a chat and a coffee and a meeting with a bunch of super-keen student librarians.” (18/1)


Please see below photos from the School Librarians recent visit to Alice Adventures Underground in London.




Latest News:

Win £5,000 of National Book Tokens - enough to buy hundreds of books for the library.  Please click here for more details.

Careers Club - request for speakers/volunteers

The Careers Club  - 

Thursday 21st April - Speaker - Project Manager for Barclays

Tuesday 7th June - Speaker - Ex student Didi Enonuya  at 1.30pm to talk about the opportunities for students taking languages at university

Friday 1st July - Speaker - Ex student Ellie Bissett at 1.30pm to talk about her university experiences and studying for a primary school teaching degree

Please could students register their interest for the talks in the library.


Links that may be useful:

Please click here for the DGGS Scholastic Book Club http://shop.scholastic.co.uk/schools/dartford-grammar-sch