There was a real buzz around the building all day – a sense of fun and excitement to get reading. A big ‘thank you’ to all of the staff and students who got involved. We are building a culture of enjoyment of reading and obviously World Book Day is an essential part of that. Of course the work of promoting reading and literacy in general goes on every day. Our aim is to nurture lifelong readers, who leave us eager to lose themselves in the dazzling adventures of the myriad characters awaiting them!
Miss Mason, World Book Day organiser
Thursday 1 March saw the twenty-first World Book Day, with celebrations taking place in over 100 countries around the world. Ridgeway High School was no exception! Throughout the week we ran a wide variety of activities and competitions in support of this annual celebration of all things to do with reading.
The week’s assemblies centred around viewing the first ever ‘Ridgeway Productions’ movie, specially put together to promote World Book Day. The movie featured staff from all areas of the school explaining the benefits of reading regularly and its impact on vocabulary, imagination and creativity. Several staff talked about how reading contributes to their well-being, helping them to relax and unwind after a busy day and aiding a good night’s sleep!
The movie was incredibly well received by staff and students alike, with its catchphrases ‘you’ve caught me reading’ and ‘you’re never too big for your books!’ proving popular.
A number of staff arrived in school dressed as one of their favourite characters. Where’s Wally, John Snow, The Twits and Mary Poppins were just a few of the amazing outfits seen around the school on World Book Day!
As voted by the students, Miss Rapple was the overwhelming favourite in her fabulous, self-designed, Queen of Hearts costume, inspired by the character from Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. In total we received over 200 votes, indicating just how well the fancy dress – and World Book Day in general – captured students’ imagination.