'Shelfie Showdown' on World Book Day
Today we’ve celebrated World Book Day, with opportunities for everyone from Reception to the Sixth Form to enjoy a whole host of literary activities.
Today we’ve celebrated World Book Day (2nd March), with opportunities for everyone from Reception to the Sixth Form to enjoy a whole host of literary activities. The event, now in its 20th year, is a worldwide celebration of books and reading, marked in over 100 countries worldwide.
At the Prep School, pupils undertook a range of activities in their English lessons designed to celebrate their love of books and reading, and were each given a voucher to swap for a special World Book Day book. There was also a photographic challenge, with children encouraged to bring in a 'Shelfie' – a picture of themselves in front of their own (or the family) bookshelf at home. These were displayed in classrooms and around the school, with children having great fun comparing their own bookshelves with those of their friends... and their teachers!
The Shelfie theme continued at the Senior School, with an online competition where pupils had to match the member of staff to their bookshelf for the chance to win book tokens and chocolate. Prior to the event, pupils were also encouraged to enter our '500 Words' creative writing competition, watch a World Book Day video and play a World Book Day game.
School Librarian Mrs Sue Hart said: “World Book Day is always a fantastic opportunity to highlight books and reading in school. This year our Shelfie Showdown competition and treasure hunt have encouraged staff and students to share ideas about favourite books whilst the in-house 500 Words competition has set pupils’ creative imaginations alight. In the lead-up to World Book Day Ingrams pupils also managed to raise an impressive £849 by taking part in Readathon, a charity that puts storytellers and books into children’s hospitals. Further book-related activities are planned for both of our Reading Groups as they now prepare to shadow the Carnegie Medal. We will be attempting to read all the shortlisted books and make our own judgements before the winning book is announced on 19th June.”