In the British International School, Ho Chi Minh City, we understand that fostering a love of reading is as important as staying fit and healthy because reading helps our brains to grow! During Book Week, we aim to immerse ourselves into books of every kind and encourage our students to stretch their imaginations by reading, reading and reading! Books have been celebrated in fantastic ways here at APP – building positive experiences for our children to look back on and talk about for years to come.
Book Week also provides our students with an opportunity to work with world-class authors. This year, we were lucky enough to be visited for two days by Liz Million - a fantastic children’s illustrator and author. F3 to Year 6 worked with Liz and her workshops were closely linked to our current English learning in school. Liz had the children entertained from the moment they walked through the door with her funny stories and hilarious masks! The work that was produced was outstanding – be sure to look around the school to see if you notice any of her illustrations.
The rest of the week was spent browsing all the fabulous books on offer at the Fahasa book fair in the library. Many children bought Liz Million’s book ‘Digger’ which she signed personally on Wednesday afternoon. Many classes met up with their class buddies, reading and performing stories to each other. Some classes were lucky enough to have special guest readers come and read them stories and Year 7 pupils even dropped in to read with us.
Thank you to everyone who entered the ‘Create and Illustrate’ competition (you can still see the display in the corridor next to the office) – it was amazing to see all the entries and how much effort had been put into each story and illustration. It was an extremely hard job judging the winners but eventually, we managed to award one child from each year group with a certificate and a prize of Fahasa book vouchers during the whole school assembly on Friday, with Liz Million giving out the prizes. Congratulations again to, Kaila, Apple, Yerang, Chloe, Ryan and Iris!
The playground on Friday was filled with weird, wonderful and amazing book characters for the dress-up day! Teachers and students made a huge amount of effort with their costumes. It was great fun guessing each person’s favourite book character was! If only every week could be book week!
More photos of Book Week can be found here.
Ms Gemma Gotting, Year 2 Class Teacher and English Leader