Dear Parent/Guardian

I am writing to you to inform you of some of the initiatives that are currently taking place within school to help raise the profile of literacy.  Reading is without doubt, one of the most important skills we need and pupils who develop a love of reading are more able to communicate effectively and to write confidently.

On World Book Day, 2 March 2017 we are launching our Drop Everything And Read initiative, which will take place during tutor time once a week. Pupils will be expected to bring a book and sit and read during this time.  You can support us by ensuring that your child has a book with them to read and by encouraging them to borrow one from their school or local library. If your son/daughter would like to purchase their own book, our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running. To browse the latest fiction and order online go to http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/saint-benedict or follow the link on our school website. For every £1 you spend, our school will earn 20p in Scholastic Rewards. Please place your order online by March 3rd, 2017 and your books will be delivered to school, without a charge for delivery.

Once again, we are producing our We Are Writers book, which offers a unique opportunity for pupils to see their writing published in a real book. It is an incredible way to enthuse and excite any child about writing.  We are currently in the fifth year of writing and this year’s edition is under way. You can help us by encouraging your child to contribute by putting pen to paper. Pupils can submit a poem, short story, diary entry or even a recipe, which should be emailed to tjburrell@saintben.derby.sch.uk. Students also have the opportunity to enter our ‘Design the Cover’ competition and our previous cover designs have captured well-known characters from literature, with one of our winning covers advertising this project nationally.

The Scholar’s Project, aimed at Year 9 students will prepare pupils for their GCSE study by encouraging them to read different genres and author styles. Pupils will be reading ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens and a novel of their choice from a reading list, presenting their findings in the form of a poster symposium.

Finally, we are also inviting students to participate in our Extreme Reading Competition, which was very successful when we ran it a few years ago.  Think about creative, exciting, fun and SAFE places that your son/daughter can enjoy a book and capture that moment with a photograph (email to tjburrell@saintben.derby.sch.uk).

As a school, we are committed to raising pupils’ literacy and developing their love of reading and I hope that with parental support we will be successful in these endeavours.

Yours sincerely

 TJburrell  M Peden  D Thornhill
 Dr T Burrell

Librarian

 Mrs M Peden   

Teacher of English          

 Mr D Thornhill

Kolbe House Leader