Superheroes, witches, and the Beast from the East. Though it may sounds like the next Marvel movie, they all featured in last Thursday’s World Book Day! On 1st March, local students celebrated the magic of literature by dressing up as their favourite fictional characters. Despite blizzards of snow, the schools enjoyed a morning of novel activities before closing at lunch due to bad weather.
Classrooms looked like a scene from a film set, packed with popular characters brought to life. From Winnie the Pooh to Little Red Riding Hood, Batman to Gangsta Granny, and of course, a pack of Hogwarts pupils, there was no shortage of variety. Even some of the teachers joined in too! Rupert House began their day with a costume parade, where children were invited to show off their outfits to the rest of the school. Meanwhile, Valley Road got stuck in with creative activities inspired by classic children’s tales. The students had fun imagining their own giants and sketching them out on paper, or designing their own comic book covers.
To mark the occasion, children were given £1 World Book Day tokens, which they can redeem against a book of their choice. The tokens can also be used to buy their year’s selection of World Book Day books, which includes a Mr Men book, Paddington Turns Detective, and Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain’s ‘Bake Me A Story’. Rupert House also organised a book swap – students brought in an unwanted book, which they could switch for someone else’s pre-loved story.
Unfortunately, the World Book Day celebrations didn’t quite go to plan when Sacred Heart, Badgemore, Valley Road and Rupert House decided to close early due to snow. St Mary’s School, on St Andrews Road, had an even more dramatic turn of events, unable to open at all due to problems with their boiler.
Though the arctic conditions may have cut the fun short, World Book Day 2018 was still packed with enough excitement and surprise to rival any best-selling novel.