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Literary Celebrations for 20th World Book Day

Thursday, 02 March 2017

  • World Book Day - Big Book Bake Off
  • World Book Day - Completing the Pairs Quiz
  • World Book Day - Hidden Book
  • World Book Day - Finding a book
  • World Book Day - Found Not Lost Books
  • World Book Day - Book Fair
  • World Book Day - A Girl of Ink and Stars Cake
  • World Book Day - Charlotte's Web Cupcakes
  • World Book Day - Snow White Cupcakes
  • World Book Day - Book Stack Cake
  • World Book Day - Alice in Wonderland Cake
  • World Book Day - Very Hungry Caterpillar Cake

Pupils in the Boys’ and Girls’ Divisions got into the spirit of World Book Day, which this year celebrates its twentieth anniversary, with lots of literary activities around School.

Library staff hid ‘Not Lost, Found!’ books around the Senior Schools throughout the school day, allowing pupils to hunt them down in form rooms, along the corridors, and scattered in obscure locations all over the School! Anyone who discovered a book with a ‘Not Lost, Found!’ bookmark inside it could keep the book, and hopefully pass it on to another avid reader when they had finished it.

The Girls’ Division held The Big Book Bake Off: pupils and staff were encouraged to bake cakes that would recreate a book, with some truly impressive results! There was a rainbow cake based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar, cupcake displays based on Charlotte’s Web and Snow White, an Alice in Wonderland cake, a rainbow stack of books, and a tray-bake made by Mrs Ball which recreated the cover of The Girl of Ink and Stars, one of the book shortlisted for the 2017 Bolton Children’s Fiction Award! Girls flocked to the library on World Book Day to admire the delicious creations, and to decide in advance which of the cakes they would be buying at the bake sale the following day.

Pupils in the Girls’ Division could also compete in the World Book Day Pairs Quiz by tracking down the twelve members of staff around school who were wearing character badges. They then had to match up the pairs of characters who came from the same book.

The day began in the Boys’ Division with a brilliant assembly on World Book Day, and in the Library and staff Common Room there were pop up book shops which allowed pupils and staff to purchase a wide variety of great books at a huge discount! Girls could also take advantage of the Scholastic Book Fair in the Girls’ Division Library to spend their World Book Day tokens or buy something new to read to celebrate the day. The Book Fair will visit the Boys’ Division early next week.

The World Book Day celebrations began for Year 7 pupils on Monday with a brilliant talk from Caroline Lawrence, author of the Roman Mysteries and Roman Quests, who talked to pupils about Classical history, writing and her books.

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