Winner of book award announced as library celebrates diversity

Bolingbroke's Book Award panel: Lydia, Emma, Ludo, Nathaniel, Nasra, Zoe, Benjamin, Jules and  Bernardo

The winner of the Ark Book Awards 2019  has just been announced, with the accolade going to The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf, which won with an overall majority and proving hugely popualr with the participating schools.

The award-winning debut novel, as voted by our pupils

Pupils across the Ark network were involved throughout the summer term in the awards, which culimnated in the voting of five shorllisted fition titles published in the past year. Runners up incldued The House with the Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson and The 1000 Year Old Boy by Ross Wellford. The Boy at the Back of the Class, Rauf's debut novel, focuses on  the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis and was also awarded the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2019 earlier this year. 

Zoe sporting the LBGT badge on her blazer in support of School Diversity Week

Meanwhile, the library has been celebrating School Diversity Week, a chance for pupils to demonstrate that the Academy is an accepting school community which celebrates diversity and our differences. Pupils have been creating posters and banners in their lunch hours to celebrate that diversity, which are now on display in the library. A prize will be awarded at the endof the week to the best designed poster. Pupils have also shown their support by donating £1 to Just Like Us, a LBGT charity for young people, and wearing a rainbow ribbon on their blazers.