Will the real Swim Shady please stand up?

Will the real Swim Shady please stand up?
I repeat, will the real Swim Shady please stand up?
We’re gonna have a problem here..

new fish 2015 crop

It’s offishal! The overall winner of the naming competition with almost 30% of the vote was Swim Shady! With a shortlist studded with marine puns of one form or another, Swim Shady emerged as the most popular name but I do not know who suggested it. So would the real Swim Shady name entrant please stand up? Make yourself known to claim your prize.

Runners-up with shortlisted names were: Dave Grohl (Aaron H. 10B) and Augustus Waters (Lucy T. 7B) and they have a prize waiting  for them to collect from the Senior Library. Please drop down to collect. Well done and thanks!


Name Our New Library Fighting Fish.

We have a new resident Siamese Fighting Fish in the Senior Library. This attractive Crown Tail Betta won’t easily replace our previous beloved fish (in order of their demise, Pistachio, James Pond and Atticus Fish). However, it seems the Cabra Community loves a fighter and we have a new contender, as yet unnamed. (see picture at above). Entries are now open for our ‘Name the New Library Fish Competition’ and as usual super prizes are on offer for the top 3 suggestions.

The tradition is to devise a suitable name for our fish that has some literary connection. Apart from the names above check out past short-listed names below:

Scaleduggery Pleasant, F. Scott Fishgerald, Jaws, Salmon Rushdie, and Huckleberry Fin.

Can you Betta this?

Leave a comment on this post or email Mr Bull to submit your entry.

Competition closes Friday Week 3, with the shortlisted names voted upon in Week 4. Jump in!


Senior Library Acquires 2nd Fighting Fish

Meet Atticus Fish

I’m pleased to be able to report that James Pond our resident Betta or “Siamese Fighting Fish” is alive, well and now no longer alone in the Senior Library. After spending the last few holidays alongside (though never in the same tank as) Mr Bull’s own Siamese Fighter, ‘King Neptune’ it was decided that James would benefit from some company.

Enter ‘Atticus Fish’, a juvenile, fantail Betta. He has his own tank, Easter Island statue and a view of James Pond’s tank right alongside. So, drop down, say hello and welcome our latest arrival.

The Name’s Pond. James Pond.

James Pond, licensed to gill?

James Pond, licensed to gill?

Well it’s official. Our new library fish finally has a name. Beating off stiff competition in a field of cheeky contenders, it seems that James Pond (007 for short) was the most popular name by a considerable margin. Named after author Ian Fleming’s inimitable English Spy, we wish James a long and happy life in the Senior library. Please feel free to drop down and say hello.

The overall winner of the naming competition with almost 25% of the vote was Alexandra D. from 9 Yellow. runners-up with shortlisted names were: Emily W (7 Black), Josh S (11 Black), Jarrel A (11 Gold), Jasper H (8 White), Victoria S (9 Yellow), Grace S (7 Rust) and Jon P (12 Gold). Alexandra and all the other students mentioned above have a prize waiting  for them to collect from the Senior Library. Please drop down this Friday. Well done and thanks!

Vote For Your Favourite Fighting Fish Name

Wikipedia ArticleSo, entries have now closed for our ‘Name the New Library Fish Competition’. With over 60 entries it was hard to whittle these down for our shortlist but we are now ready to open the voting. Thanks to everyone who made a suggestion (even those we cannot include here for legal reasons). Take a look at the list of the best 15 names below and vote for your favourite. Shortlisted entrants will receive an email soon with details on how to claim their prize. The overall winner will be chosen by Monday 8 April and our new friend offishally named soon after.

Pistachio: Requiescat in pace


Pistachio – 2009-2013

It is with great sadness that I must inform you that Pistachio (our library
mascot) has passed on from this life. He was a popular attraction at the Senior Library and will be greatly missed. He was over 3 years old when the library adopted him and lived another year with us, not a bad effort for a Siamese Fighting Fish. The average lifespan is 2-3 years. We have since acquired another male Betta to live with us, but we don’t as yet have a name for this one so we require your help. We would like to announce a competition to name the new fish. Please put your name and class on a piece of paper with your suggestion (there is a purple suggestion box in the SS library). Only names with a literary origin, authors or characters etc. will be considered. The best names will be shortlisted and there will be a  vote for the most popular. Prizes will be awarded for the names shortlisted and the eventual winner. Good luck from the Library staff. Take  a look at the information below on Siamese Fighting Fish. It is most interesting.

The Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens, pron.: /ˈbɛtə/) also known as Betta, (particularly in the US), is a popular species of freshwater aquarium fish. The name of the genus is derived from ikan bettah, taken from a local dialect of Malay.[1] The wild ancestors of this fish are native to the rice paddies of Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam and are called pla-kad (lit. biting fish) in Thai or trey krem in Khmer. Above Info taken from Wikipedia.

5 Fast Fighting Fish Facts:

  1. They can live in incredibly small amounts of water. Muddy puddles in rice paddies for example.
  2. They can gulp air from the surface in addition to using their gills to breathe underwater like other fish.
  3. Although placid when alone, the males will show extraordinary aggression when together, flaring up their fins and blowing out their gill covers.
  4. Male Fighting Fish build a “bubble nest” and secure the fertilised eggs to it, guarding them until they hatch after a few days.
  5. The title of S.E. Hinton’s 1975 novel Rumble Fish, is an eponymous reference to what two brothers call the breed. In Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 film adaptation, everything appears in black and white except the Siamese fighting fish.