Pres Currylea Book Club – News

Our book club is now up and running for the 2016-17 school year.  We are all enjoying our books and discussing genre, themes, favourite characters, etc. in a fun way. We also play board games such as scrabble.

This year, our book club are planning on opening a new library in the canteen to encourage more students to read books. We are also looking forward to participating in the annual ‘One Book, One Tuam’ reading programme, where schools in Tuam read the same book with many fun events taking place. Once again, we will also be celebrating ‘World Book Day’ in 2017.

New members are always very welcome to come along and join our club. We meet every Wednesday at 1.10 pm in Room 18, bring your lunch along. Club Leader is Mr. Tierney.

The girls enjoying their books and discussing the book's genre, themes and their favourite characters.
The girls enjoying their books and discussing the book’s genre, themes and their favourite characters.
The girls enjoying their books and discussing the book's genre, themes and their favourite characters.
The girls enjoying their books and discussing the book’s genre, themes and their favourite characters.
The girls enjoying their books and discussing the book's genre, themes and their favourite characters.
The girls enjoying their books and discussing the book’s genre, themes and their favourite characters.

Pres Currylea Book  2016-17:

Lana Moggan, Iris Graber, Carmen Tomás, Julia Kaczmar, Lucy Scholze, Sinéad Ward, Alexandra Andre, Lorna Dowd, Clara Muller, Jadzia Murphy, Caoimhe Walsh Kelly, Amy Feeney-Spellman, Mairín Feeney, Erin Dunleavy and Laura Murphy

Pres Currylea Book Club (PCBC)

The Pres Currylea Book Club (PCBC) was formed in October 2015. The club draws together a dedicated and extremely enthusiastic group of students (from First Year to Transition Year) who enjoy some quiet, personal reading time each and every Monday at lunch.

The PCBC is certainly a club with a difference. The students particularly enjoy reading and discussing their own individual novels. We are also looking forward to taking part in the ‘One Book One Tuam’ 2016 reading initiative, now in its seventh year and everyone in the Tuam area is encouraged read the same book.

Our students will read and take part in various activities based on the newly-published Friend or Foe: Which side are you on? By Brian Gallagher, that follows two young Dublin friends, a girl and a boy, whose friendship is tested by the outbreak of the Easter Rising in 1916. The students are also eagerly working on their own individual book reviews.

We also play board games from time to time- games such as scrabble and snakes and ladders are proving most popular indeed.

Pres Currylea Book Club (PCBC)
Pres Currylea Book Club (PCBC)

Club members include: Alana Maria (Third Year), Clara Muller, Jadzia Murphy, Amy Feeney Spellman, Claudia Domene, Derva O’Reilly, Caoimhe Walsh Kelly, Joyce Williams (Second Years), Nicola Ainsworth (First Year) and Laura Murphy (TY)

Pres Currylea Book Club and Resource Department Secures €300 in Funds

Congratulations to the members of the Pres Currylea Book Club and in particular to students Laura Murphy (TY) and Claudia Ledesma (Second Year) for successfully competing and winning €300 in funds from Youth Bank Ireland in conjunction with Youth Work Ireland (Galway Branch). The PCBC members were recently presented with the cheque worth €300 and afterwards we all enjoyed a party hosted by Bernie Conlon and the staff at the Family Resource Centre on the Dublin Road, Tuam.

We will buy a Kindle Reader to help students with visual impairments/ disabilities to read books and novels with ease, which will only serve to facilitate their love for reading.

We will also set up new library in the school. We intend on buying a range of books of all genres: fictional, non-fictional, fantasy, horror, humour, historical, science-fiction and others.

In addition to this, we will also buy a number of resources including books and games for students who avail of extra help in the school’s Resource Department. Specifically, we hope to buy a range of social and emotional games. It would be great to have additional social and emotional board games, to enhance and develop the student’s social and emotional skills; as sometimes we can lack self-confidence and find it difficult to express our feelings and emotions.

Once again congratulations to all concerned!!

The Pres Currylea Book Club (PCBC) being presented their cheque for €300 from Youthbank Ireland in conjunction with Youth Work Ireland (Galway Branch).
The Pres Currylea Book Club (PCBC) being presented their cheque for €300 from Youthbank Ireland in conjunction with Youth Work Ireland (Galway Branch).
Caoimhe Walsh Kelly thanking the Youth Bank Ireland & Youth Work Ireland for the €300 in funds that the club have received to go towards future projects.
Caoimhe Walsh Kelly thanking the Youth Bank Ireland & Youth Work Ireland for the €300 in funds that the club have received to go towards future projects.
The PCBC members enjoying the party hosted by Bernie Conlon and staff of the Family Resource, Tuam
The PCBC members enjoying the party hosted by Bernie Conlon and staff of the Family Resource, Tuam

 

Some of the Students Book Reviews

Book Review By: Amy Feeney-Spellman (Second Year).
Title of book: Love Lessons.
Author: Jacqueline Wilson.
Illustrated by: Nick Sharrat.
Pages: 264.
Theme: Romance.
Genre: For teenage readers/ young adults.

Plot: A young girl by the name of Prudence and her younger sister Grace have been home – schooled by their ultra – strict father named Bernard for all of their lives.
When Bernard is suddenly taken ill and is rushed to hospital, their lives change. Prudence finally discovers what it is like to have some freedom. But what will happen to her father?

The main characters were: Prudence and Grace.

My favourite character in the story was: Prudence.

I chose this character because: She is a loving and honest person. She is not home-schooled at the beginning of the novel. If you read the book, you will discover why…

I liked this book because: It made me think about what life is actually like for a young girl who is home-schooled. I believe that being taught in a school with my friends around me is far better than being home-schooled, in my opinion.

My star rating for this book: ***** 5/5

 

Book Review by: Caoimhe Walsh-Kelly (Second Year)
Title of book: Summer’s Dream.
Author: Cathy Cassidy.
Publisher:  Penguin Random House UK.
First Published: 2013.
Number of pages: 288.
Genre: Young Adult/Teen Fiction.
Background information: Summer is one of the Strawberry sisters. This book is part of the chocolate box girl’s series. Each book starting with Cherry Crush is a continuation of the last but from a different sister’s point of view.

The Plot: Summer is a ballet dancer and after her mom and Paddy get married; she is offered a chance to achieve her dream. As she strives for perfection; she loses control. The more she tries to gain perfection at ballet dancing, she still finds it challenging to perform to the highest standards possible.
The main characters were: Summer Tanberry, Skye Tanberry, Honey Tanberry, Coco Tanberry, Cherry Costello and Alfie Anderson.
My favourite character in the story was: Alfie Anderson.

I chose this character because: He has always had a crush on her and she has never noticed. He’s stuck with the reputation of being the class clown and no one notices when he tries to change his reputation for the better.

I liked this book because: It gives an insight into how someone who is suffering from anorexia actually feels and what they are going through. Thankfully, it does show that everything will turn out right in the end. I would really recommend this novel to teenagers to read.

 My star rating for this book: xxxx 4/5

 

 

Book review by: Jadzia Murphy
Title: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
First Published: 1993
Number of Pages: 224
Genre: Utopian future, Young-adult fiction

Plot Summary: Jonas is an eleven year old boy who lives in a Utopian community where everything in society is organised and perfectly managed to create a society of “sameness”. He has reached the age where he will be taking part the upcoming Ceremony of Twelve, where he will be assigned his job and role in the society. Jonas is selected to inherit the position of “Receiver of Memory” He becomes the person who stores all the past memories of the time before they created the “sameness” as there may be times when he may need to draw from the wisdom gained from history to aid the community in making decisions in the future. The previous receiver who is known by Jonas as The Giver transfers his memories to him and it completely changes how Jonas sees the world around him.

Main Characters: Jonas, The Giver, Gabriel.

My favourite character: Jonas

Why I chose this character: He is one of the few main characters and is interesting to follow as an average person in the society to show the reader what life is like from a normal person’s point of view. Although he is quite generic and doesn’t have any outstanding traits.

What I liked/ did not like about the book: I think the story and society is an interesting idea in general. I feel that the book was better than the movie but both failed in the ending which I thought was too unexplained and overly open. I didn’t understand what exactly happened and was left confused. The ending was also rushed then cut off abruptly but overall the book was quite good.

Star rating: ***

Book Review

 

Title of Book: Dracula
Author: Bram Stoker
Publisher: Unknown
First Published (ate): May 26th 1897
Number of Pages: 528 pages
Genre: Gothic Horror, Fantasy, Paranormal
Plot: It is from the point of view of the Vampire Hunter named Dr Gabriel Van Helsing.
Main Characters: Count Dracula, Mariska, Aleera, Verona, Van Helsing and Renfield.

My favourite character in the story was… Count Dracula
I chose this character because…

He is thought of as the villain of the novel just because he is a vampire. I think that it is wrong that he is the villain of the novel because all he wanted to do was raise his immortal children from the dead. Think about that, it sounds horrifying but in fact, he just wanted to raise a family with Mina Van Helsing. He fell in love with Dr. Van Helsing’s wife when Van Helsing when to Transylvania to do some research as he had heard that unusual things were happening in Transylvania at the time. I truly think that he is so misunderstood. I think that when Bram Stoker was writing this novel, he forgot that some people (like myself), would defend Dracula. All Count Dracula wanted to do was raise a family of his own. That’s all. Even if Van Helsing had been right when he accused Dracula, of in short, murdering hundreds of people to keep himself alive, but he was wrong. He miscalculated the amount of blood that the Count had to drink in order to sustain his immortality.

I liked/didn’t like this book because it told the story of Count Dracula and his fall from power in Romania.

My star rating for this book

4 stars, it was wonderful. I enjoyed most of the novel but I was thoroughly annoyed that it was from Doctor Gabriel Van Helsing’s point of view as he constantly described how much he hated Dracula, how he planned to KILL Dracula and how he planned to get his wife back.

 

 

Book Review

Title of book: The Fault in Our Stars          Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton books                               First Published: 10/1/2012
Number of pages: 313                                  Genre: Young-adult realistic fiction

The Plot: The story is about a girl that has cancer and she falls in love with a boy.  A year passes and the girl nearly dies and her boyfriend decides to make their dreams come true and they go to Amsterdam for a trip. After all this they detect cancer in the body of the boy and finally he dies after weeks of suffering. The girl lives longer.

The main characters were: Augustus Waters, Hazel Grace, and the parents of the girl and boy.

My favourite character in the story was Augustus.

I chose this character because the book describes him in great detail and I found him more sympathetic. I like him because you can see how he changes during the course of the story and he is so realistic about how he felt and how a person in this condition would feel in real life.

I liked this book because… although it’s sad read, it teaches how to appreciate life and how lucky we are and it shows us how people suffer with illnesses.

My star rating for the book is 4.

Excellent: 4
Very good: 3
Good: 2
Fair: 1

What type of book is it? Non- fiction and dramatic. By Claudia Damene (Second Year)

Book Review

Title of book: Hetty Feather                       Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Publisher: Random House Children’s Publishers.
First published: 8th October, 2009.
Number of pages: 394

The plot: The story is about a girl with no name that was put in a foundling hospital as a baby. When she was in the hospital she was renamed Hetty Feather, before she can be a foundling child she has to live in a small country home until she’s five. When she moves from her cosy country home to the foundling hospital she’s shocked as how uncaring it is compared to back home. Her only hope is finding her mother.

The main characters are Hetty Feather, Jem, Madem Adeline, Martha, Ida.

My favourite characters in the story was Ida

I chose this character because Ida is sweet and caring even though the place she works in is so horrible, she tries to make Hetty stay in the hospital, even if all she can do is put a small amount of sugar on her porridge.

I liked this book because…. It was a story that pulled on every emotion and through all the heartache. There is a happy ending.

My star rating for this book is 3.

Excellent 4
Very good 3
Good 2
Fair 1

By Derva O’Reilly (Second Year)

Book Review

Title of book: Skulduggery Pleasant            Author: Derek Landy
Publisher: Harper Collins                                First published: April 2007
Number of pages: 371                                     Genre: Children’s literature

The plot: After a man named Gordon dies he leaves his fortune to his niece, what she doesn’t realise is she’s about to encounter a world she could only imagine. She meets a man named Skulduggery Pleasant and refuses to go back to her normal life. She and Skulduggery must stop a man named Serpine from talking over the World and bringing back the ones they call the faceless ones.

The main characters were Skulduggery Pleasant, Stephanie China, Tainth, Gashtly, Serpine and Mr Bliss.

My favourite character in the story was Skulduggery Pleasant.

I chose this character because he has a very serious job and lives a serious life.
I liked this book because I was able to imagine everything described as the book went on, it was very adventurous, it took me in as though I was having the experience as described.

My star rating for this book 4.

Excellent 4
Very good 3
Good 2
Fair 1

 

By Derva O’Reilly (Second Year)