Reading journals, Autumn 2018 (1)

It’s been far too long since we last wrote in this space, life has been so very busy here at Berkhamsted School since the beginning of term and our feet haven’t touched the ground for what seems like months!  However, we are hoping to redress the balance and talk again about one of our favourite topics, which will come as no surprise – books!

We are featuring, during several entries, reviews and recommendations of books read during those heady days of summer, which are exciting, thought provoking, and purely enjoyable reads…

To kick off our reading year, our new Deputy Head (Teaching and Innovation), Mrs Butland, is a self-confessed avid reader and has sent along a long list of books she has read recently. For her Sixth Form Politics classes she recommends:

For a generally great read, she recommends these fantastic books:

In a later message, we received two more recommendations from Mrs Butland and wanted to include these here:

Well, that’s my reading list for the forthcoming half-term holiday, what a fantastic range of material from which to choose…  What’s on your TBR pile?




Christmas movies: a few of our favourites

We have two days left of term before we finish for the Christmas holidays and we thought we’d take a look at a few of our favourites…  I have placed these in no particular order as we each have our own ideas  about where they should be amongst our best !

Elf – always good to get you in the mood, enjoyed by parents, children and teens alike!

A Christmas Carol – of the numerous versions out there, we have selected three for mentioning here:

And with a variation on this theme, we have

Raymond Briggs‘ illustrated animations are still a firm family favourite with us:

Home Alone 2: according to one fifteen-year-old I know, this one is the best!

Olive the Other Reindeer is a bit different – we love the idea of a small dog and her flea deciding to help Santa out with his deliveries and enjoy the actors’ and singers’ voices portraying the main characters

Polar Express – the lovely animations are almost too realistic, but they are captivating…

Both the 1947 and 1994 versions of Miracle on 34th Street are lovely:

This is a  lovely film to watch, having been inspired by the wonderful picture book, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey written by Susan Wojciechowski and illustrated by Patrick Lynch:

Finally for the adults we have selected Love, Actually 

 and The Holiday