Both staff and students came together to embrace World Book Day on Thursday 1 March, reflecting the school reading culture and proving it's not just a celebration for primary schools. Thank you to everyone who made the effort to dress up as their favourite book character. The huge array of creative literary costumes was fantastic to see.
The English department's surprise theme for 2018 was appropriately 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens. English staff came dressed in themed costume to tie in with the classic novel and the English corridor was festively decorated. The beautiful and authentic snowy backdrop set the scene perfectly and carols played as students arrived for lessons. Book prizes were awarded to our top five costumes. Our winner (for the second year running) was Carys Crowther 9A who came as the entire 'Alice in Wonderland' tea party - table and all - deserving of the prize alone for negotiating the busy corridors in the morning! The runners up were Finlay Markey 8A (Animal Farm), William Derry 11W (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas), Aidan McKissick (Ironman) and Benedict Hunter 7H (Paddington Bear).
Over 150 new and specially produced World Book Day books were wrapped up as Christmas 'gifts' and hidden around the school site for pupils to find. There were even some under our school Christmas tree, back out of storage for the occasion. World Book Day vouchers were also distributed for students to use in bookshops.
Unfortunately, because of the weather we had to postpone the planned visit from historical fiction author, Paul Dowswell but we are working to reschedule this and a new date will be announced very soon.