In a joint initiative, teachers made use of the school tannoy system for ‘Stop Drop Read’ every break time, reading extracts from their favourite books aloud for the entire school to hear, including Mr Sharp and Mrs Zora.
Ross Welford, bestselling author of ‘Time Travelling with a Hamster’ and other fantastic reads, joined us on Tuesday. He spent the morning training our Year 9 students how to write a killer opening, shared with Year 8 and Year 7 the ‘Magic of Reading’, answered our students’ questions on camera here as well as meeting students during a book signing. He also held a workshop for parents and staff which was very inspiring!
Students had the opportunity to attend workshops run by various departments, including ‘How to write a comic book’ with the Art and Graphics department, ‘Becoming a published author’ by Mrs Corkery and ‘Performance poetry’ with Ms Laragione. Students and staff participated in ‘Blind date with a Book’, taking risks and choosing a book to take home based on clues rather than the cover!
In library lessons, students participated in book speed dating as well as creating their own black out poetry, recycling preloved books and creating poetry by choosing words which inspired them and blacking out the rest.
Love it or hate it, dressing up on Thursday to celebrate ‘World Book Day’ was one of our highlights and participation across the school was excellent.
Lastly on Friday, our school houses came together to go head to head and discover which house had the best literary knowledge, with Saxons taking the win! Well done to all of the houses for great participation.
Lit Fest is all about bringing the school together in a shared experience of books and reading, and working together on a shared goal. Thank you all for your continued support in encouraging our students to become life long lovers of reading.