World Book Day 2017 had the whole of Ffynone House buzzing about reading. The English Department led the day with a special assembly, a ‘blind date with a book’ event and short readings in lessons. The whole school embraced the challenge of dressing as a favourite character from literature. Even the staff made a special effort to dress up for the day.
We started with a special assembly where A-level English students talked about their choice of costume and books. Mrs Miles discussed the power of books and how they helped her through a particularly difficult time when she moved to Malaysia at the age of eleven.
We also held a minute’s silence to consider those who cannot read and are not fortunate enough to have access to books.
Roald Dahl and other stories
Throughout the day, Years 10 and 11 had an extract from a Roald Dahl story read to them by each teacher, with the plot gradually revealed as the day went on. Students enjoyed hearing their Science, Maths and Languages teachers reading to them and the teachers found themselves reading ahead to find out what happened next!
Younger pupils also had a series of stories to listen to throughout the day in the form of the videos of the winning entries from last year’s ‘BBC 500 Words Competition’.
There was much excitement when Years 7-9 received their literary ‘blind dates’ from their English teachers. These books had come in as recommendations from parents, teachers and sixth -formers as novels they had enjoyed as young teenagers.
Each book was wrapped in brown paper and assigned to a particular pupil. We had everything from ‘Swallows and Amazons’ to ‘Noughts and Crosses,’ ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ to ‘Ballet Shoes.’ Students are busily devouring their ‘dates’ and will give feedback on them when they finish. One student said that it had made them feel very special that their teachers had sat down and chosen a book just for them.
Fancy dress characters
Character costumes were very impressive. Umair in Year 7 had fabricated a very accurate Nazgul mask for his King Angmar costume, and Luca, also Y7, had made a beautiful peach to accompany himself as James. Noah won the prize for best costume in this year group with his very convincing portrayal of the Gangsta Granny.
With her bright blue wig and yellow coat, Ffion in Y9 was unmissable as Coraline, and Nick in Year Y8 wore a highly accurate military uniform as a character from Andy McNab’s ‘Bravo Two Zero’.
The staff also impressed, particularly Mrs Miles’ modelling of ‘the box’ from ‘Pandora’s Box’ and Ms Harvey’s beautiful handmade dress and shoes from the pages of an old book.
The day was greatly enjoyed by all and one full of literary laughter where books were the stars and reading the activity of choice.