An Online Presence?

We are all familiar with the shadow person that appears on social media when the user has not uploaded a photograph on their profile page. You could interpret the empty space as the person’s inability to work social media or mere laziness – they can’t be bothered to find a suitable photo to stick in the box. One that represents who they are.

The empty box as pictured above, certainly does not say who you are and obviously it does not confirm for me what you look like. It is a void, a space and allows me to draw any conclusions that I want to about you.

And there lays the problem. I tend to draw negative conclusions about you. Are you really who you say you are? Worse still, you want to see what other people are doing on social media but are not prepared to commit even one photo of yourself. In my mind this equates with ‘stalker’ type tendencies. I so dislike the lack of a profile picture that I actually refuse to be friends with or interact with these shadow images online.

Whether we like it or not social media and the internet are part of how we now communicate. Employers check to see what your online presence is like. And it may come as a surprise, but the lack of engagement on social media is as worrying as the person who has no regard for the very good privacy settings that most online sites offer. Facebook was conceived in March 1997 and so if you are at school now – you are younger than FB and more than likely to have had an account on it. And if not that, then Instagram or Snapchat or Twitter. If you dislike all of those then you should at least consider having an account on Linkedin.

My message is quite simply:

Control what you put on the internet, it is an open view into who you are. So make it positive and include a photograph!

Lisa Trundley-Banks

Colouring in?

Last week in the library I casually left on a table a box of felt pens and pictures to be coloured in. Beautiful pictures of wild animals and birds. Exotic plants with reptiles peering from beneath the foliage.

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People – lots of them – told me that teenage boys would not colour in. That it is uncool, too babyish, a waste of their time. They were wrong.

In a ten week term with lots and lots of internal assessments, my colouring books appeared at just the right moment. The uptake was immediate. They sit in groups and colour in at lunch time. They chat and colour in. They contemplate quietly and colour in. What is more – they return to the picture over several days in order to complete the colouring in.


Well the latest catch word for it is mindfulness.

Mindfulness means paying attention to what is presently occurring, with kindness and curiosity.


I am not sure whether this latest trend in colouring actually achieves this state of bliss. However, from my observations over the last week, it does allow busy boys to switch off for a little while. It stops them staring at a device. It stops them continuing to work through their lunch break. And it has promoted ‘chatting’.

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So I shall keep it a while longer and see what other positive benefits it produces.

Lisa Trundley- Banks

Uber Cool Websites

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This is a fantastic educational resource for learning about the Earth’s most fascinating continent. The site has video clips, images, historic documents and activities. An excellently put together website with plenty to investigate.

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The Catlin Seaview Survey is another fantastic website. It has the most amazing imagery of the sea – all recorded on a 360-degree panoramic camera. They have been tasked with recording the world’s coral reefs – an incredibly important project given the effects that pollution is having on them.

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About time…well waves really!

If you spend anytime in the library, and many of you do, chatting to me about which book to read next, you’d know that my favourite genre is science fiction. So I am a little excited that there is a new trilogy out by Rick Yancey. The first book – The 5th Wave is an action packed read that has a bit of everything; it is end of the world disaster meets alien invasion, boy meets girl, girl tries to rescue younger brother type scenario. If you enjoyed Ender’s Game, Hunger Games and Divergent – then this is a must read. A little more action packed – if that is possible – and the actual writing is rather good.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the 
lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 
4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway,Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the 
countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last 
survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she 
meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’sonly hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender.

There is even a film – just released – in case you were wondering.

Best get to the library quickly and grab it before anyone else…

Written by

Lisa Trundley-Banks


The Rights of the Reader

7. The Right to Read Anywhere

What is the strangest place that you have been known to read a book? Perhaps best to answer this internally…In Daniel Pennac’s book – The Rights of the Reader – on which this blog has been based – he describes a certain soldier who volunteered everyday for the most awful duty in the barracks – “shit-house duty.” Pennac then describes the young man going off with broom in hand, nobody thinks to question him as no-one else wants to clean the latrines. He has a secret. 1900 pages of Gogol.

You probably have not heard of Gogol – and no matter. The point is that he volunteers for the worst job so that he can lock himself in the cubicle and READ. He left behind the following message:

Yes, I can honestly say – sit down, pedagogue

That I’ve read all of Gogol, right here in this bog.

So exercise your right to read anywhere, except perhaps whilst crossing the road. I like to read whilst eating and whilst watching TV – yes I can do all three at once!imgresThis soldier is a certainly exercising his rights to read…As are the gentlemen below.holland-house-bombed-ww21

Lisa Trundley-Banks

New Year = New Books

A fan of fantasy? Then you might just enjoy this new trilogy:

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Think of a cross between Harry Potter and Nancy Drew…. The magic of this book is dazzling. New York Journal of Books

Science Fiction more your thing? Then check out the following books:

This gripping and thoughtful science fiction novel – a thrilling tale of murder, mystery imgres-1and intrigue in a world where humanity is still its own worst enemy.

Filled with wonders, revelations, and edge-of-the-seat suspense. Planetfall is a fascinating, heartbreaking exploration of love and loneliness set against an awe-inspiring backfrop. An instant classic of the genre. Gareth L. Powell

Terminal by Kathy Reichs is a terrifying adventure where Tory Brennan comes face to face with the Virals. Surviving their power is going to test the gang’s abilities imgres-2.jpgand make them face an impossible choice…

Mystery, fantasy, science…and heart stopping action. After I read Tory Brennan’s first adventure, I wanted MORE. R.L. Stine


imgres-1 A revolution on planet Uragan upsets the plan of the crew of Keiko to enjoy their well earned rest at the casino on New Samara. In the end all they hope for is to get out alive! This rollercoaster of a read will have you racing to the end.



Can you get to the library first and be the first to read these new titles?

Mrs Trundley-Banks

Working for you in the library!

Spine Label Poetry

When the librarian, Linley, asked me whether we should do spine poetry for National Poetry day, I really did wonder what she was talking about. Not wanting to appear stupid, I just agreed and told her to go ahead. As it does, it all became obvious. Now I am obsessed. I started with an easy one or two. The first is below:


Not bad. Then I got serious. I strolled upstairs and thought, ‘Where to start?’ Science Fiction is at the top of the stairs, so I grabbed one from there. Closely followed by one from the History section and then War. It seemed quite natural to then set myself the further challenge of not only creating a spine label poem but also getting a book from each genre section in the library, in the order that they come in! Nothing like a cold Friday afternoon after teaching Year 12’s how to write essay plans, to send me mad.

Here is my effort:


Here it is in an easier format to read:

Heroes and Villains
Runaway Horses
Under a War-Torn Sky
Live and let Die,
Time and Time Again.
Righteous Fury
The Mask Weaver,
from where I stand
Crossing the lines
Let the right one in,
The drinking Den

Happy Friday – have fun creating your own. (Send me a photo so that we can add it to our display.)

Lisa Trundley-Banks

RUN – The Lydiard Way

Book weeding, appropriately termed  as it can be as difficult and dreary as weeding your back yard. I crawl around the shelves on my hand and knees pulling out the obvious ones and then going back and digging in-between for an unsuspecting victim. I then viciously condemn the book to death, removing it from our shelves and hence the collection forever, never to be picked up, thumbed through or read again. It is a sad job. But long before I decide a book is no longer of use, the boys at school have decided this, as it is they that have stopped reading it. This happens for a variety of reasons; fashion and popularity, new books come out that surpass it, its cover becomes old fashioned, it looks tatty and dirty. It is part of our job in a school library to keep the collection current and useful, and it certainly must have up to date information that supports the curriculum.

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Today, as I scanned the shelves I came across, Run The Lydiard way, written by Arthur Lydiard with Garth Gilmour. It was published  in 1978 and bought by the library on 1 February 1979. It looks really old!

I cannot possibly get rid of it. So are we in the business of running a museum? Partly, I do think that there are certain books that the College library needs to preserve and our collection of books on Canterbury history are particularly impressive and need to be preserved.

However, this book is a must. In fact I have just shown it to Henry Smith, one of the PE teachers and he visibly got excited.

If you have never heard of Arthur Lydiard ONZ OBE, he is lauded as one of the outstanding athletics coaches of all time. He is credited with popularizing running and making it commonplace across the world. He is also responsible for new records being set in every event from 800m to marathons.  At the time that the book was published, Lydiard had spent the last thirty years in testing the limits of human physiology against hard exercise, testing theories and formulating successful training methods from his own experiences in middle and long distance running.  The book also includes a guide to health, diet and injury cure and prevention.

Lydiard left quite a legacy. There is a marathon and 1/2 marathon named after him – taking place on the 12 September this year, if you are interested:

After he died in 2004 his running schedules were reproduced online by his co – author and friend Garth Gilmour. I have also attached them here for you:

Lydiard’s story is fascinating,

At the age of 27, when many athletes were preparing to retire, he started competitive running. He began with one to three mile races, continuing to further refine his training and increase the distances he was running. He became a provincial cross-country representative and his training frequently consisted of runs of up to 50km. Getting older but also fitter: he set his sights on the marathon. By the start of the 1950s, Lydiard was New Zealand’s top marathon runner. He competed in the 1950 Empire Games (finishing 13th, a placing he described as “poor”) and took the national title in 1953 and 1955. (

His basic theory was,

“…that long, even-pace running at a strong speed produced increased strength and endurance – even when it is continued to the point of collapse – and was beneficial, not harmful, to regular competition.”

My ‘weeding’ then, unearthed a gem and it has inspired me to carry on running – even though I dislike it! I would also like to point out that the book has been popular over the years and it hasn’t been sat there gathering dust.

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As a last word, I’d like to mention my brother, Tony, who on Saturday 12th June ran a 100 mile race across the South Downs Way. He came a stunning 39th out of over 400 runners, many of them a lot younger than he. I wonder if he trains the Lydiard way?

Lisa Trundley-Banks



Dearest Boys…

Dearest Boys

It is with great excitement that I am writing to tell you that the library has managed to avail itself of a new series of books. Knowing how much you all race and clamber through the library doors  in a bid to be the first to read the latest release in your favourite series, I went shopping for some more books.

Whilst standing amongst the towering shelves of the latest releases, I spied from the corner of my eye, a series by an author that I am not acquainted with. So without pausing to think, I pounced upon the titles, surveyed the blurb on the back of the book and hastily made my way to the cashier.

So gentlemen, you will find, on the table of ‘New Books’ three novels by a Peter. F Hamilton, writer of science-fiction. This British author has sold over two million books worldwide. This will be due to the fact that he uses the classic mixture of teenagers, love, politics, religion, and armed conflict. Mr Hamilton also uses an abundance of fantasy, combined with astronomy and physics, including many elements from classic horror writing.  So as he has obviously ticked all the correct boxes, he should be a hit with the majority of you.

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The extremelyScreen Shot 2015-05-26 at 6.01.16 pm good news is that this is not the only series that he has written. There are at least five more! I had best go back to the shops…

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Yours faithfully,

Mrs Trundley-Banks