On the first of March, staff and students at Elvin celebrated World Book Day.
World Book Day is a celebration of writers, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. More than 100 countries around the world celebrate World Book day annually.
Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.
The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. Book tokens were given to students so they can purchase £1 books from a special selected list of titles. Students were also able to take part in the events and competitions all day to mark the wonder of reading.
School Librarian - Mr Jenner
'The library hosted Ark Elvin’s first ever Manga Club! The club was well attended and promises to be a popular enrichment activity next term. It was important that pupils understood that there are multiple ways literature is written and consumed around the world.'
Teachers at Elvin were encouraged to don fancy dress costumes and join in with World Book Day 2018. Staff showed true Elvin courage as they dressed up as their favourite literary characters. In every lesson, teachers were able to share with their classes what their favourite book was and why they enjoy it.
We hope that the day enabled our students to get closer to the books and authors they already love, and let them discover even more books and authors they’ll love in the future.
Mr Eilon - English Teacher
'Why are you dressed like that, Sir?“ Questions like this kept on coming up all day on World Book Day as teachers in the English department attempted to continue their usual teaching while looking mildly ridiculous. We had a Romeo and a Juliet, Willie Wonka, Pippi Longstocking, Kanga plus Roo, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Inspector Goule, Captain Gulliver.
We were also graced with a rare visit by the usually-reclusive Miss Havisham (the deputy head of department wearing her mother’s real wedding dress); she came round to visit Year 10 classes which (not by coincidence) were studying the passage in Great Expectations about the bride frozen in time. While serious work and thought went into the philosophy and other talks in the library, the daft fun was also infectious. Exotic dressing-up had the whole school talking about books and reading with a buzz of excitement.'