On Thursday 5th March the students and staff at The Grange descended on the school dressed as some of their favourite book characters. We had appearances from Cruella de Vil, Gangsta Granny, Little Bo Peep and her sheep and a host of ‘Where’s Wally’ characters in the shape of the International Middle School staff.
Throughout the day there were a host of activities including a ‘drop and read’ in every lesson, in which a teacher would read an extract from Roald Dahl’s ‘The Twits’. The students really enjoyed listening to the teachers’ impressions of the characters’ voices.
Students also had the opportunity to visit our book fair where there were a range of book series available to buy including Alex Ryder, Percy Jackson and Geek Girl.
Our younger students went along to an author talk at the Prep School. Claire Barker came to speak about her life as an author, her inspirations and ideas and how these led to her brilliant books. The students got really involved and even helped to create a spell by coming up with rhyming words to conjure up an ‘orange bang’ spell! The students are looking forward to reading her books.
In the afternoon Mrs House took a group of nine students to the Kingston St Mary primary school for our weekly ‘share a book’ scheme, where our students and the primary school students get the chance to read and find out about each other. However there was an added twist this week as our students were dressed up as a character from the book they were reading. The primary students loved seeing our students (and staff) all dressed up and took great delight in guessing the character’s identity!
Our world book day was concluded with an inter-tutor group competition, a giant game of ‘Where’s Wally’. All the staff hid around the school and each tutor group had to find as many staff as possible in fifteen minutes. The staff had some very impressive hiding spaces, Mr Dunn was only found by two tutor groups!
The day was a great success, bringing the joy of books to life, enjoyed by both students and staff alike.