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Secondary Book Week HERO 2

Secondary Book Week 2019

The English Department at BIS Hanoi takes reading incredibly seriously. Not only does it improve a student’s academic abilities in terms of spelling, punctuation, grammar, and vocabulary, but it also helps to develop emotional intelligence, knowledge of the world around us, and creativity. Last week we got the opportunity to celebrate all of these benefits during Secondary Book Week! There were so many things happening across Secondary school throughout the entire week, both inside and outside of English lessons and there was a real buzz across the school.

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Each Year 7 English class took part in a Scavenger Hunt across the school finding and solving clues related to books. Do you know where Moaning Myrtle would be found in Secondary? Or do you know who the teacher is with the same first name as the outlaw from Holes? Well, our Year 7s certainly did and were all able to find their way back to the library where they solved an anagram by looking up words in books. The rest of the week’s English lessons were spent designing and decorating their classroom doors with images from Holes, a book they studied in English last term. The results were amazingly creative and all the students worked very well as part of a team to produce outstanding displays.

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At the start of the week, Year 8 were set a film poster competition based on a book that they have read. All the entries were very impressive but twelve winners were chosen and those students got to take part in a cookery session with Ms Davis and Ms Hull making famous recipes from books. They made a variety of goodies including ‘Sploosh’ from the book Holes, Willy Wonka cupcakes, scones from Goodnight Mr. Tom, chocolate frogs from Harry Potter, and the fabulously indulgent chocolate cake from Matilda! Whilst they were rolling their sleeves up in the kitchen, the rest of the Year 8s went down to Primary School and read stories to the Years 2 and 3. It was wonderful to watch the older students working really well with the younger children and the Phase 2 students were mesmerised by how animated the Year 8s were when bringing stories to life. The Year 8s then came together to enjoy the feast that had been made in the kitchen- there were smiles all round as they tucked into the sweet treats!

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Before the Easter holidays, Year 9 had been studying gothic horror in their English lessons. In the last week of the term, after they had worked hard completing a reading and writing assessment, the students were able to show their learning in a creative way by making some gothic horror decorations. These were used to create our very own gothic horror room which was fantastically put together and sent shivers down the spine of anyone who entered! Year 9 students were able to show off their hard work to the Year 6 students during Book Week as they read horror stories to them, some of which they had even written themselves. The Year 9 students terrified the Year 6s with costumes and lighting used to match the petrifying decorations and stories; we hope no one had nightmares afterwards!

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It is also important to remember that reading doesn’t just apply to English lessons, but is something that should be encouraged in every lesson and at home. Therefore, there were also many activities happening across the school. On Monday and Thursday, students were read an extract of a story in each lesson they had that day, even their Maths and Science lessons! We had form quizzes and competitions happening throughout the week, including a book character costume competition and a teacher matching activity where students had to decide which book character was each teacher’s favourite. The library also ran many exciting activities, including a Harry Potter quiz where Slytherin were crowned the winners, and a Scrabble tournament in which an incredible addition of the word ‘waxy’ saw Kanta in Year 8 crowned the winner!

All round, it was a brilliant week full of fun and excitement. We hope that it has inspired students to read every night as recommended and has proven that reading should never be boring!

Kate Wilson

Head of English