The last week of term 4 saw the school buzzing with our World Book Week celebrations. Students in Year 8 attended the launch of The Gr8 Book Debate, our inter-school reading group at Nova Hreod. After meeting their fellow debaters over the obligatory refreshments, (an essential part of a book group), the students were presented with the five books that we will be reading over the coming months. Selected students in Years 8 and 9 attended a workshop in school with author Brian Keaney. Brian has been a writer all his life, and his storytelling credentials were obvious when he started telling us about his own life story and the Irish influences in it. With over twenty published books under his belt, and with experience as Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Goldsmith’s College, his insight and advice into the nitty-gritty technicalities of story writing was invaluable.
Waterstones once again set up a pop-up shop in the LRC, allowing students to redeem their World Book Day tokens on site. A whopping 654 books were issued to our students during the course of the day, surpassing any previous record, and made possible following a flying visit back to the shop at lunchtime to grab more stock due to overwhelming demand!
An audio book service (we think we’re the first school in Swindon to have this) was also launched, in collaboration with the PE department. Students in the Fitness Suite logged on to listen to their favourite book whilst pounding the virtual streets on the treadmill.
The ever popular Where’s Wally? Hunt had students searching around the school for posters, with imposter Wally’s hidden in the guise of members of staff. There were numerous correct entries and the names drawn out of the hat for the Easter egg prizes were Ella, Matthew, Tom, Charlie and Patricia. 10B1 and Miss Beaurain won the mentor group Book Bonanza Quiz, with chocolate treats heading their way this week!
A massive thank you to BookTrust for providing the books for The Gr8 Book Debate, Brian Keaney for sharing his knowledge so freely and Waterstones for once again supporting the redemption of the World Book Day tokens in school.
Mrs S Day, LRC Manager