World Book Day 2022
Thursday 3rd March was World Book Day and saw the Senior School abuzz with literary activity extending into Friday and beyond! Pupils from all years were invited to dress up for a literary photo-booth; we were treated to Sherlock Holmes, characters from Peter Pan, princesses, superheroes, vampires and a whole host of other fictionally inspired figures posing with our fabulous World Book Day grasshopper. The Drama department really upped the ante with some wonderful recreations of book covers. Iona Rangeley, children’s author and OG, visited to share her influences, experiences and career path with pupils and extol her love of reading in Chapel. William Hussey, award-winning author of teen fiction, ran an exciting workshop for lower school pupils which involved recreating a seventeenth century witch trial, replete with props, an accused witch and (pretend) torture.
Tutor groups celebrated 25 years of World Book Day by participating in a fiendish quiz to identify book covers from 25 years of fantastic fiction. The competition is still open, but with some very high scoring entries received so far, it could be hard to call. Talented representatives from each house took part in a whole-school story writing competition, with passages written independently and compiled to make one very surreal short story. Pupils and staff also discussed their current reads, shared recommendations and enjoyed free World Book Day books.
Furthermore, Year 9 launched their English lessons with a quick round of book recommendations. They chose a favourite book, briefly recommended why it is a good read, followed by a super-quick book recommendation exchange. Hopefully, every pupil left their lesson with a book they might now want to check out of the library (or buy)!
Drama students got into the spirit of Book Day by dressing up for photos which were then turned into book covers!