We had the whole cast of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Winnie the Pooh”, the whole crew from “The Sleepover Club”, plus many other well-thought-out and quirky costumes. It was obvious that a lot of thought and effort had been put into many of the students’ costumes. Furthermore, there was an excited buzz about the school during the whole day as students tried to guess each other’s characters.
On the same day students in KS3 finally showcased their door designs for the “Design a Door” competition that they had been preparing for during the previous two weeks. There were some wonderfully creative designs including the house actually made of sweets on the “Hansel and Gretel” door, a 3D caterpillar on the “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” door and several wonderful “Alice in Wonderland” designs that were very inventive and imaginative. However, my personal favourite was “The BFG” design, featuring a massive leg coming down from the top of the door right to the very bottom. Very striking and unusual! At lunch-time, three judges (Miss Treeby, the Head of English, Mr Rickford, Deputy Head of Secondary; and Mr Lancaster, Head of Secondary) had the extremely difficult job of judging a winning form from each year group and an overall KS3 winning form. They had to make some tough decisions!
Finally, all throughout the week, a section was set up in the LRC promoting books that have been banned in various countries around the world at one time or another. The display consisted of a trolley “on fire” and wrapped up with banned tape, a police-up area for offending readers to get their mug-shot taken and Bernard, the skeleton: caught reading banned books and so, put in prison. With series such as “The Huger Games” and “Harry Potter”, and books like “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, there were some very surprised students with lots of questions about why, when and where the books had been banned. The concept has proved to be very popular and will remain in the LRC for the next two weeks.
Katherine Cooper, English Teacher