‘On Thursday 8 March, a belated World Book Day was celebrated by staff and students at RGS. Staff dressed up as characters from different novels including one member whose enthusiastic portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West, left her feeling a bit green for at least 2 days! Staff also created posters showing the covers of their favourite books which were then attached to the door of their classrooms for students to look at on their way in. The selections were truly diverse and encompassed everything from Jean-Paul Sartre to Paul Gascoigne. Pre-starters that day saw teachers discussing these books and explaining what had made them pick it up and read it, why they had enjoyed it, if they been inspired to read more books by that author and if it had prompted them to visit any of the places mentioned in the book.
In form time, students took part in a quiz and were all given a World Book Day token which they could swap for book of their choice and this was followed at lunchtime with a variety of fun activities. These included creating their own character for a novel, writing a mystery suspense story, completing a literary word search and taking part in an interactive quiz. There was also a photograph competition where students had to guess which teacher was hidden behind their favourite book. The activities proved very popular with both staff and students and a lot of fun was had by all.
Finally, a book drive was organised and the English Department was overwhelmed by the donations of much loved, used books which have now been passed on to The British Heart Foundation and will hopefully be enjoyed by many more readers in the future.’