Saturday, April 24, 2010

1000 Posts on SCC English

Almost four years ago, in July 2006, this blog started as an experiment with a post (in the holidays) reporting on some English-related events in the previous term. Today, amazingly, we arrive at our 1000th post.

We were going to produce a count of all the writing, especially by pupils, that has been on SCC English since then, as we've done on other landmarks, but at this stage it would take a very long time: suffice it to say that we've featured hundreds of pieces of writing by about 400 pupils, and by the six English teachers.

The blog has also become the hub of our Department activity (linking to a staff site and a wiki), and has led to podcasts, our Twitter feed, a series of nominations for various web awards (including winning the 2008 Edublog Award for Best Group Blog), features in a series of publications (such as the Irish Independent, 'Teaching English' magazine, 'Conference and Common Room', PC Live and more) as well as conferences and in-service training. And it's put us in touch with tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world.

It also led to a most pleasing off-shoot, our first book, Going Places, in May 2008, and we're looking forward to publishing our second one later this term, a selection of writing from the blog since 2008.

SCC English was started to celebrate literature and language. This is what it does, and what it will continue to do. Thanks to all who have contributed and supported (especially our scientific friends over on the Frog Blog). Looking forward to the next 'millennium'...

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