'Beast from the East' postpones World Book Day activities
Local schools have been celebrating World Book Day with many different imaginative activities. However, these activities were all postponed when the ‘Beast from the East’, which sounds like a character in a fairytale, swept in and closed schools on Thursday March 1.
Anne Stokes, librarian at St John’s said, “This is the longest World Book Day on record. We always have week long activities to celebrate World Book Day but this year because of school closure due to the snow they have lasted into another week. The whole school gets caught up in Book Day fever, staff and students alike.”
This year St John’s staff and students entered a six-word novel competition. The idea came from Hemingway’s six-word novel – “For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn. ”Staff winners included Henry Twist with “Torn posters, unmade bed, happy memories. ”And L Sankey" with “Proud Scots flood Thames with whiskey.”
There was also a competition to turn classroom doors into book covers, a daily book quiz, and a myriad of activities in the school library such as: origami bookworms, book dominoes, guessing the book from the artefact and a snake game for the Carnegie Medal. All were devised by Anne Stokes and the library staff.
The school library also hosted visitors for a ‘Living Book’ activity. Members of the community spoke to students and answered questions about their life stories.
At Marlborough St Mary’s and Preshute Primary, staff and students enjoyed dressing up as characters from books. Marlborough St Mary’s held a special World Book Day assembly and an ‘Extreme Reading Competition’. Pupils were asked to bring in a photograph of themselves reading in an unusual location.
There was a book swap and ‘Drop everything and read’ sessions. The school bell was rung at random times throughout the day and this was the signal for teachers and pupils to stop whatever they were doing and read.
At Preshute Primary the whole school was treated to a dramatized reading of ‘The Gruffalo’ by five of the teachers. Teachers shared their favourite stories with different classes and this led to inspiration for writing spooky stories.
There was also a book swap and local author, Debi Evans, visited the school.
It’s safe to say that books and the world of the imagination are alive and well in Marlborough.