World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It is also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and most importantly, a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
This is the 22nd year there has been a World Book Day, and on 7th March 2019, children of all ages came together to appreciate reading, very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland 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.
Across GANF the staff and pupils came into school dressed as their favourite book character in exchange for a £1 for the World Book Day Charity and across the two sites we raised over £110, so thank you to everyone who contributed.
At Ambergate, during their weekly assembly, the pupils cheered for the best staff costume, there was no clear winner but Miss Fenton and Miss Wood dressed as Bill and Ben the Flower Pot Men, did get the loudest cheer!
Sandon School had a fantastic time celebrating reading stories. The staff and pupils also took part in a fashion show. They walked down the catwalk through the school hall and showed off their amazing costumes including dalmatians, Harry Potter and Dick Whittington. The winner of the pupil costume was Robert Wood, who dressed as Willy Wonka, and the winner of the staff costume was Jess Bailey, who covered herself in orange to be an Oompa Loompa! In the afternoon, we held a book swap where pupils brought in old books to swap for a book they hadn’t read yet. Throughout the day, older pupils also had the opportunity to read with younger children, visiting their classes and sharing some favourite stories. The pupils enjoyed this so much that we are going to be making it a weekly event!