Malcolm Rose visits TDA as part of our STEM Festival



Malcolm Rose spent the morning with three of our year 7 groups, a Science class, an English class and a Maths class. In these workshops he talked about where he gets his inspiration, namely through developing current scientific ideas and making them bigger and better. The students where then challenged to think of a scientific theme they could include into a story and went onto to create mind maps, and to write a reader grabbing start to their story.




During the tutor periods he chatted to some of our students who regard themselves as not very enthusiastic readers, who ended up asking for Malcolms’ signature!

The day ended with Malcolm giving a STEM lecture about his Jordan Stryker books and his bionic arm. The highlight was when Malcolm produced a real bionic hand, it is both fascinating and creepy at the same time, and the audience of students and parents were keen to look and touch, some of the students got the opportunity to shake the hand!



STEM Festival

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The MRC is supporting this years STEM festival by organising an author visit by Malcolm Rose. He gets his inspiration from the world of science, and incorporates possible future developments into his writing. He writes adventure stories, thrillers and murder mysteries each with a scientific flavour. He’ll be delivering some workshops tomorrow, meeting some of our less enthusiastic readers, and presenting a lecture in the afternoon. Should be good!

The lecture starts at 3pm and is FREE to all, even parents are welcome, come and find us in the lecture theatres.

New Series – from the Author who visited us last week!

An exciting new series for all you Dragon lovers.

Dragon Orb: ‘Firestorm’, ‘Shadow’, ‘Longfang’ and ‘Aurora’


Follow the adventures of four dragon riders on a mission to save their world.

Check if they are in!

Able Writers Day – Mark Robson

As part of our Book Fortnight, Author and former RAF pilot Mark Robson will be spending the day with 30 lucky students from Year 7 & 8.


They will spend the spend the whole day with Mark for his writers workshop and we hope to collate their writings into a book of some kind.

Coming Soon…. Poet Terry Caffrey

As part of our annual Literary Festival the MRC has arranged for Poet Terry Caffrey to spend the day with our Year 7 Students on 28th June. (Today!)

He has written the lyrics to the Children’s Olympic song so the olympics will be a theme for his session.

I for one am looking forward to his visit as he is quite animated when he reads his poems out.

Check out his website to watch / listen and read all about him!


Welcome back!

I hope you all had a restful, if slightly damp, Easter Break.

How many of you have still got some chocolate left? I’ve only a little as I like to munch whist I’m reading and I did a fair bit of reading over the break, (more about that later!)

So on the horizon for the Summer semesters are…..

The Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and of course the London Olympics, here in the Academy we have the Carnegie Shadowing group; the Literary Festival with an author visit; and a possible Year 6 /7 workshop day – watch this space!

World Book Day Round Up

World Book Day 1st March 2012

A busy day, but FAB!



In the lead up to WBD we asked for mini book reviews and created posters from these. They were then stuck up in strange places aroung the Academy on the day.

I had arranged for an Author Visit by Malcolm Rose, who spent the morning delivering two sessions with our Year 8 students, he was fantastic and with his scientific background is a perfect fit for our Science and Maths specialisms.

He explained where he gets his ideas from, demonstrating that the explosion at the start of “Jordan Stryker” is based upon the SS Richard Montgomery which is a sunken ship laden with unexploded bombs from the Second World War just off the cost of Kent. Nobody dares to move it – so it just sits there, but in theory it could explode – and this is what Malcolm makes happen in the first Jordan Stryker book.




He went onto demonstrate a bionic hand (worth £10,000) and shook hands with a few lucky students before explaining where he got his ideas for Jordan Strykers other scientific / bionic abilities.

He had them gripped – in the palm of his hand (or the palm of his bionic hand!)



Lunch was a special World Book Day Menu which is an excellent way of raising the profile across the student population.


We’re still waiting for our WBD vouchers – but have oodles of the £1 books to swap -once they arrive and are shared out to students.