As part of ‘Book week’ celebrations, pupils and students in QEGS Primary Phase, Senior Phase and Sixth Form took part in ‘World Book Day’ with a range of activities taking place over the school day.

Now an annual tradition, pupils in Primary Phase dressed up as their favourite literary heroes, with lots of teaching staff donning their character dress too.

As the clock struck 9.10am, the D.E.A.R (Drop Everything and Read) took place across Senior Phase and Sixth Form, with subject-related literature read for 5 minutes. Students in Sixth Form enjoyed a range of different reading materials, including ‘La Llorona’ in Year 13 Spanish class and a BBC article on how poor transport links can affect education in the Year 13 Economics class. Later in the morning, the DEAR activity took place in Primary Phase, with some pupils even taking over the staff room to read for 5 minutes!

Pupils in EYFS to Year 6 also spent the morning in ‘Rainbow Groups’ where children from each year group mixed in different classrooms to do themed activities including making book marks, making stories with characters and settings and creating magical potion recipes.

Further up the school, many of our Year 11 pupils spent the first part of the day in the Main Hall, watching a live stream of the National Theatre’s Macbeth, as part of their GCSE English studies. As this finished and our older pupils headed onto their respective lessons, our Primary Phase pupils proudly paraded their special outfits, in front of their fellow class mates and teachers as part of the World Book Day Parade.

The fun did not stop there for our younger pupils, as the parade was followed with a special visit from some owls and hawks, linking back to the most popular literary choice of the day, Harry Potter.

As the day continued, Year 5 and 6 then visited the Library Annex, to take part in a workshop with children’s author, Kjartan Poskitt who spoken to the pupils about his career, novels and answered some very inquisitive questions.

An inspiring and busy day for all of our pupils and students, who we hope will continue to read for years to come!