Secondary Phase Celebrates World Book Day

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Secondary Phase Celebrates World Book Day

Thursday, 4 March 2021

The celebrations for World Book Day took a vastly different form this year, as we moved online.  On Thursday 4 March, the corridors were quiet, the Library was empty, there were no delicious cakes to eat at the Bake-a-Book bake-off and no silly costumes.  It all felt incredibly strange.  However, we continued to mark the occasion despite the restrictions, with a host of virtual activities and competitions that ensured our students had continued access to super stories and amazing authors.

Share a Story

This year, the main focus of the day was encouraging students and their families to ‘Share a Story’ at home with loved ones, younger siblings, grandparents.  The World Book Day website has lots of useful links to video stories, podcasts and author interviews to help support reading for pleasure and their Share a Story page highlights some special events with authors such as Joseph Coelho, Sita Brahmachari and Katherine Rundell.

World Book Day Accessit Dashboard

Our new online library system, Accessit, allows a wonderfully interactive experience that students make full use of when in school and at home.  A dedicated World Book Day dashboard was created to allow access to games, competitions, podcasts and virtual author sessions.  The World Book Day 2021 - Accessit Dashboard is still available to view with links to the World Book Day website, author sessions and much more.

Virtual Author Sessions with Cressida Cowell and Sue Hendra

We were extremely fortunate to be invited to take part in two free virtual author sessions, as a result of our involvement with Manchester Libraries, Read Manchester and partners.  In the morning of World Book Day, some of our youngest pupils in KS1 were in for an absolute treat in the form of a ‘Supertato: Bubbly Troubly’ online workshop with Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, hosted by Manchester Literature Festival.  ‘Supertato’ is one of our favourite picture books at WHGS Library, so this was an extremely exciting event. 

In the afternoon, we were offered access to another virtual exclusive by the National Literacy Trust, as part of their Manchester: Connecting Stories initiative: a wonderful session with ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ author, Cressida Cowell as she discussed the magic of books and the power of creative writing.

The sessions were recorded and can be viewed below:

Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet present Supertato: Bubbly Troubly!

Cressida Cowell – Manchester Connecting Stories

The Masked Reader / Mystery Reader Competitions in Primary and Secondary

Two fantastic competitions were held which promoted our whole-school love of reading:  The Masked Reader was an opportunity for Primary phase pupils to listen to stories being read aloud and have fun identifying the voice of the reader.  In Secondary, Mystery Reader was a House competition that tasked students with guessing which staff members were hiding behind their favourite books.  Both competitions emphasised the focus on reading for pleasure, which is something we value highly at WHGS.

Congratulations go to Marsha in Year 10 and Susan in Year 9 who each receive an Amazon voucher and House points for their winning entries, and to Mr Lindley, Mr Green, Miss Rhead and Mrs Ishtiaq who also submitted the most correct answers and are looking forward to receiving chocolate as their prize!

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