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Magical World Book Day Celebration

Thursday, 03 March 2016

Celebrating World Book Day is one of the liveliest events in the school calendar. This year’s celebration was a colourful and vibrant gallery of costumes and characters. The theme chosen by Hesketh House was fantasy and wizardry, and as pupils started to arrive there was certainly a touch of magic in the air!

An entirely new generation of Harry Potter fans emerged dressed to represent favourite characters from JK Rowling’s intriguing novels. Wands, wizards and Weasleys were all in evidence! From L. Frank Baum's classic tale of ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ was the Wicked Witch of the West, Dorothy Gale and Toto, as well as other characters. Another classic story represented was ‘Alice's Adventures in Wonderland’. Not only did Alice materialise, but all the other significant characters were represented. Fantasy elements were all wonderfully and creatively evoked through costume. Rapunzel and other fairy tale characters paraded through the playground and everyone's participation using imaginative costume design created a memorable event.

During the celebratory World Book Day assembly, the pupils enthusiastically sang a song called ‘Pick Up A Book’, extolling the virtues and benefits of reading.

Throughout the day, pupils engaged in various reading-related activities: creating a ‘character passport’, designing objects with magical features, writing spells, reading book extracts, and completing word searches. In Modern Foreign Languages lessons, pupils read extracts from the book ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson in French and Spanish. It was great for them to extend their reading practice into another language!


To watch the Junior Girls singing ‘Pick Up A Book’, click here or press the play button below:

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All of the girls wearing Harry Potter themed costumes

All of the girls wearing Harry Potter themed costumes

The girls acted out

The girls acted out '¡Cómo mola tu escoba!' - the Spanish translation of 'Room on the Broom' - to learn new vocabulary

A huge variety of costumes showed the girls

A huge variety of costumes showed the girls' reading interests on World Book Day