Stephen King, author of all thing macabre, is quoted as saying the following:
“Books are uniquely portable magic.”
While this might resonate with those of us who are lifelong readers, sometimes students need a little encouragement to get on board and understand where books can take you. That’s why Secondary and Primary celebrate ‘Portable Magic Week’ every year. During ‘Portable Magic Week’ secondary teachers posted their favourite books to share with their students but, more than that, we encouraged students to make their own choices. Students read in their own language, they read graphic novels, they read short stories, plays and poetry, the most important thing being that students read.
The Secondary English Department made it possible for students to be thespians for a day and act out scenes from their favourite books. Students created wonderful presentations on ‘magical’ poetry and origami to represent the lines or scenes they most enjoyed.
Secondary students surprised themselves when they shared picture books with primary students and students enjoyed an afternoon of ‘Pizza and Imprompt Theatre’ which no one wanted to end. Some Year 10 girls gave us an ‘Inspirational Hour’ and shared experiences and the importance of having ambitions and every morning we all enjoyed absolute silence during homeroom for DEAR (Drop Everything and Read).
As with any initiative our students needed to be open minded, prepared to participate and take something away from the experiences, this they did and with enthusiasm. It’s left to us to thank all our students who contributed, helped us prepare, put up displays, initiated events and, most of all, who read and allowed books to be ‘portable magic’ for them.
The English Department, BSB.
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