Students and staff celebrated World Book Day in style this week.
Teachers and staff dressed up as characters from their favourite books and students were treated to a series of literary themed activities throughout the day.
Students and staff were invited to take five minutes of their lessons to share extracts from popular teenage fiction. Titles were chosen specifically for each year group and were received with great enthusiasm, they included: Moondust by Gemma Fowler for Year 7; One by Sarah Crossan for Year 8; Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence for Year 9; THUG (The Hate U Give) by Angie Thomas; and Release by Patrick Ness for Year 11.
Our Year 9 text, Orangeboy, was deliberately selected to encourage participation in the Derby Book Festival competition and has now become a shared book in our Reading Club.
Dr Tracey Burrell, Librarian and Learning Centre Manager, said: “As part of our World Book Day celebrations we wanted to join in with the campaign to get the nation reading stories from breakfast until bedtime.
“Reading out loud can make a real difference to students’ outcomes and is something they really enjoy. It also helps to expose them to stories that they may not have come across before and young adult fiction in particular deals with contemporary issues and challenges that our children face in today’s society.
“The books selected dealt with many of these issues and are all available in the school library.
“There were also displays of the collaborative initiatives that the library and English Department run, such as the Reading Competition for Years 7 and 8, ‘We Are Writers’, Book Club and the Poetry Recital.”