This year’s Portable Magic Festival of Books and Big Ideas was celebrated in the Secondary school with great enthusiasm. During morning registration the students competed in various challenges from building book towers to making Portable Magic pangrams (sentences using all 26 words of the alphabet). Please see he photo of the book tower by Class 11D.
Karoline Woggon, Year 9, won this year’s photo challenge for KS3-KS5, with her photo of reading in an interesting and unusual place. Check out of her photo of reading next to the snow sculptures in Harbin!
KS3 students did a wide variety of creative activities in English class from making soundtracks for plays to designing comic strips and board games based on books. The students also had the opportunity to demonstrate leadership by doing “reading buddies” with primary students throughout the week, and thirty-five students from Years 6-10 participated in a Read-a-thon sleepover organized by Ms Gardin and Ms Harrison.
Ms Ryan’s Year 9 class treated us to performances of music from books at break time and lunch throughout the week, and Ms Sankar co-ordinated several “flash-mobs” that popped into students’ lessons for surprise performances from great works of literature such as A View from a Bridge, Matilda The Witches, and The Charge of the Light Brigade.
Ms Mandy coordinated a display for “A Book in a Jar” that allowed students to explore their love of literature in 3D form. The best jars were displayed at The Big Read, and parents and visitors commented on the students’ strong attention to detail and creativity. The English Department was overwhelmed by the amount of impressive entries for the ‘Book in a Jar’ competition but the overall winners in each year group were:
- Year 7- JaeHyun Kim
- Year 8- Luka Sargon-Chincharadze
- Year 9-Lara Sozer
Mr Cairns was the driving force behind this year’s theme in secondary: “Lessons in Life.” The students collaborated on a graffiti wall, which grew organically throughout the week. The final product was a thought-provoking collection of poems, quotes, and drawings in English and other languages that showcases our talent and cultural diversity at BSB.
Students from Years 7-9 also proudly performed poems on the theme of “Lessons in Life” in the theatre at The Big Read. The students’ ability to memorize and deliver the poems so passionately left the audience spellbound. Please see the PDF document below.
At The Big Read CAS students volunteered to serve refreshments at Chatterbox Café, and all of the students who came out to read with their parents, teachers, and peers made the day a wonderful community event.
Thank you to everyone who supported Portable Magic and The Big Read 2017. We are already looking forward to next year!
Update from: Ms. Barbi Gardin, Head of English