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This month was Hillcroft College’s Student Celebration and Achievement Day. It was a special day in many ways. First and foremost, it was a chance to recognise the effort and success of all our students.

This year we were pleased to award many students LRC certificates for completing and participating in reading groups and challenges. 4 students completed the Reading Ahead challenge, having read 6 books or other items. 23 students attended one or more reading groups. We appreciate finding time to work on skills and interests outside of class time is difficult. We hope you enjoyed the extra support with digital and reading skills. Well done!

It was also the official occasion when the LRC unveiled its new name and dedicated plaque to a former student. More details to follow soon.

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Student taking a book from a shelfWe’re so excited as we’ve received a Library Literacy Grant from Better World Books to create reading groups at our college this academic year.

Our grant will help us get new books to reflect women’s issues and experiences. We will also buy more ereaders so we can get our students reading on digital devices. During the summer we established links with our local Surbiton library so we can encourage our students to join and borrow from the local library and use their ebooks too. Through one of our team’s connection to Kingston University Library we have been able to set up two groups; a Hillcroft College and Kingston University Group and a Hillcroft College Group. The group with Kingston is targeting more confident readers and runs monthly. Whereas the Hillcroft one is running weekly for the less confident readers.

We’re already in week 2 of our programme. To measure the success of our project we’ve taken and adapted questions from the Reading Agency’s Reading Outcomes Framwork Toolkit. Throughout the project we’ll be asking our participants to give us feedback on the groups and their reading. This will include a UX (User Experience) reading journey as well as video diaries.

The Kingston group started off last week reading Jackie Kay’s Red Cherry Red.

Watch out this year as we chart the groups activities. We’ll be using our grant along with  the National Lottery grant  to create a relaxing reading area conducive to reading for pleasure!

Karen's group are reading from Jackie Kay's collection of poetry 'Red Cherry Red'.

Karen’s group are reading from Jackie Kay’s collection of poetry ‘Red Cherry Red’.

Good news! Two reading groups for Hillcroft students are starting this week. There’s a monthly group led by Karen from Kingston University that met on Wednesday. The weekly reading group is meeting for the first time today led by Kim.

The idea is to increase reading confidence, enjoyment of reading and start new conversations among women with an common interest in reading.

Each reading group’s identity will grow over time shaped by the interests and ambitions of the group. Both groups are yet to be named by their members. In my mind they will be the ‘No. 1 Ladies Reading Groups’ after Alexander McCall Smith’s series.

The “Wednesday/Monthly” group will have childcare options in the future and we’ll let you know about that in further updates.

If you are inspired by the reading groups please join the Reading Ahead Challenge as well. The LRC will give you a diary to think about your reading journey over six reads.

There’s a survey to help us see how the reading groups go. If you haven’t filled one in and you’d like to sign up for the next reading group meeting or the Reading Ahead challenge, send the LRC an email and we’ll try to find space: lrc@hillcroft.ac.uk.

Hope you all enjoyed the reading groups so far if you have been involved. Big thanks to Karen and Kim for their energy and expertise in leading the meetings.


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