World Book Day 2020 at WHGS

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World Book Day 2020 at WHGS

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Another wonderful World Book Day was held at WHGS on Thursday, 5 March, to mark the national celebration of books and reading that takes place each year.  Our chosen theme for 2020 was 'Shakespeare Stories'.  

In recognition of the significant contribution made by Shakespeare to English Literature and the study of the English language, as well as his impact on popular culture and sociology, each department selected a specific play around which to plan their lessons.  Students were then engaged for the whole day in topic learning and literacy activities, as well as taking part in quizzes and competitions in the LRC at break and lunch time.

Inspirational ideas from the day:

  • In MFL, a translation of the play titles of several Shakespearean comedies into French, German and Spanish took place.  Students were then asked to translate them back into English;
  • Poet and writer, Zahid Hussain, popped in to deliver his next ‘Shakespeare Shorts’ session to Year 10;
  • Mr Rodgers taught the chain rule of nested functions to Year 12, linking it to the ‘play within a play’ concept of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (whilst dressed as Oberon!);
  • Students in Computing found out about codes and ciphers, before writing a program to encrypt and decrypt messages - to acknowledge Julius Caesar’s alleged involvement with the creation of a secret cipher;
  • A demonstration of the leadership lessons that can be identified within Shakespeare for Year 9 and Year 10 Business Studies students and;
  • Year 7 and Year 8 examined the role of victim and villain in English, using the idea of evidence provided during a court case to identify how certain characters from Shakespeare would be perceived.

Secondary staff embodied the topics they were teaching, by coming to school dressed as a character from their chosen Shakespeare play.  This really brought the plays to life and allowed students to connect on a visual as well as theoretical level.

In Primary Phase, children spent a full day immersed in writing, filming and sharing their own vlog-style book reviews in conjunction with Reading Rocks, an organisation dedicated to making reading more accessible.

The day before World Book Day, we judged our annual Bake-a-Book bake off, in readiness for the charity cake sale on the day itself.  The outstanding entries for the bake off included cakes inspired by Harry Potter, Matilda and The Hunger Games.  Students and staff really raised the bar this year with the quality of their bakes – they were astonshing and almost too good to eat!  With huge thanks to Mrs Thomas, Mrs Smith and Mrs Cowell, for their support with the bake off.  Winners can be found at the end of this article.

Proceeds from the cake sale and raffle go to our nominated World Book Day charity, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, who aim to improve the lives of children with serious and life-limiting illnesses in the UK by providing assistance to the children and their families, offering access to specialist nurses in hospitals around the country.  We’re delighted to have collected another £128.67 for the charity, taking the grand total of funds raised over the last two years to an amazing £1,503.33!  A lovely letter of thanks has been received, sent to us from the charity in acknowledgment of our support – and it’s all down to our fabulous students.

As always, the activities that took place on the day would not have been possible without the continued hard work of our superb staff and students.  Miss Daly would like to say a massive thank you to all who dressed in costume, planned creative and thought-provoking lessons, baked and sold cakes and raffle tickets, counted quiz sheets and book tokens and ran round form rooms to ensure World Book Day was a huge success.

World Book Day Winners

Aban, Andrew, Ghaith, Muhammad, Timi (all Year 7) and Hooriya (Year 8) were drawn out as winners of the Guess the Character quiz.

Five entries were selected as winners of the Bake-a-Book bake off this year: 

  • Aliyyah and Hooria (Y7) for their Alice in Wonderland/Cheshire Cat cake
  • Dillan (Y9) for his Harry Potter cake;
  • Tubah (Y7) for her Matilda-inspired sponge;
  • Izma (Y7) for her Coraline diorama and;
  • Christina (Y8) who received a special mention for her high level of skill in chocolate-work with her mini Hunger Games: Mockingjay cakes

Mrs Ali, Mrs Bauer, Mr Bell, Ms Boustead and Miss McGuinn were the lucky raffle winners, who each took home a beautiful book-themed cake made by our talented students.

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