QEGS Book Week once again was a huge success – even the snow didn’t stop us from celebrating.  The launch of the Book Week competitions (Design a Book Token and Creating Henna Hand Prints) gave the week a real head start, with over 30 entries submitted by pupils in Year 7 to 9. Special thanks to our Art Department for kindly offering to judge the competitions. 

During Library lessons pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 had the opportunity to create a Book Week poster using mind maps – resulting in some excellent contributions.

The English Department ran an Extreme Reading competition with Year 12 and 13, as well as both the Blogging Club and Writing Club holding extra special sessions during lunchtime. PSHE used fiction all week in their taught lessons – with mindfulness tasks being created. 

We were also delighted to welcome back budding crafter Mrs Angela Finch from Serendipity, who ran a crafting workshop – 20 pupils attended and all left with a beautiful handmade bookmark – some saving it for Mothering Sunday, others keeping it for themselves.

Our World Book Day plans sadly had to be put on hold due to a snow closure, but the event has already been rescheduled for Thursday, 10th May, including the D.E.A.R event. Author Sufiya Ahmed sent her sincere apologies – but is very much looking forward to returning during Trinity term.

During Book Week pupils also received their free £1 book token – a World Book Day generous gesture which has now run for over 25 years – amazing! 

Thank you to Mrs Seedat for taking time out and putting together a Book Week display in Singleton for our Sixth Form students, it was very much appreciated.

With the help of Emily Rowland and Laksha Smith from Year 12, together we shared an extremely thought-provoking House assembly, helping to raise awareness of the excellent work Book Aid International continue to do each year – their vision is a world where everyone has access to the books that will enrich, improve and change lives. Both Emily and Laksha have gone one step further by organising a fund-raising quiz – well done girls.

Finally, following on from Book Week, the annual QUEST took place and continued to be as popular as in previous years – pupils across all year groups took part in the challenge. Our Library QUEST; a search or pursuit made in order to find or obtain something, a quest for knowledge, to hunt, to retrieve, to seek, to inquire, to explore – our annual QUEST uses resources in the Library in a fun way but also in a way which tests pupil’s knowledge – what a brilliant week it was.

Thank you to everyone who supported and contributed, it certainly was a whole school event.