World Book Day 2019
Pupils and staff across the school join international celebration of reading.
Pupils and staff across our whole school took part in World Book Day on 7 March, the 22nd annual international celebration of reading. At the Prep, staff and pupils dressed up as their favourite fictional characters for a special literary assembly led by our Senior School Head of English, Mrs Alice O’Donnell, dressed as Oliver Twist, and Second in department Mrs Sophie Poole, dressed as Little Dorrit. Mrs O’Donnell told pupils: “Please enjoy World Book Day and celebrate how brilliant, wonderful and powerful reading can be."
Following assembly, pupils from Reception to Year 6 took part in a World Book Day parade, with prizes for the best costumes. There were some amazing outfits! Our youngest pupils also enjoyed a visit from our A Level English students, who shared their favourite tales in support of the event’s ‘Share a Story’ campaign.
Not to be outdone, over 20 members of staff at the Senior School got into the spirit of the day too – Biggles, Captain Hook, Lady Stark, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Mary Poppins were just some of the famous literary characters spotted on campus.
In the Vanbrugh Library, there was an intriguing murder mystery to solve (‘Who the dickens killed Charles Dickens?’), while at 10.25am every pupil and member of staff across the whole school stopped whatever they were doing (be it Maths, hockey or Chemistry) to take part in ‘drop everything and read’ for 15 minutes.
Earlier in the week we welcomed award-winning author, Julian Sedgwick, as part of our World Book Day programme of activities. Julian is the author of the Mysterium and Ghosts of Shanghai series. His lifelong interest in the arts and culture of China and Japan influences much of his work, as does his fascination for performance, street art and circus - all of which he shared with Ingrams pupils in his presentation and during a creative writing workshop.
Finally, this Friday, an entertaining and highly-acclaimed acting troupe will be performing dramatisations of The Mysterious Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and A Christmas Carol to pupils in the Third and Fifth Forms who have been studying these novels.
Library Resource Manager Mrs Sue Hart said: “Our annual World Book Day celebrations are a great way for the whole school to focus on books and reading. It’s a fun event to get pupils’ imaginations fired up; just one of the many ways we encourage them to become avid readers.”
Ms O’Donnell added: “At Kimbolton, we believe reading is key to pupils’ development and that stories are crucial to understanding the world in which they live. Therefore, World Book Day is certainly worth celebrating!”