The Power of Literacy!

This year we combined the events of World Book Day (Thursday 7th March) and International Women's Day (Friday 8th March) to create a huge celebration of female empowerment through literacy.

Many students paused to examine a number of eye catching displays in the foyer (created by the English Dept) with reading suggestions from the 'Bookflix' board and Book Reviews carefully curated from Years 7 to 12. 

With the theme of this year's World Book Day being #shareastory, (expressing the importance of children reading / being read to for 10 minutes a day) in Registration, form classes read and selected their favourite books with their form tutors, which many later displayed on a poster on classroom doors.

The theme of International Women's Day this year was #balanceforbetter and how we can help forge a more gender-balanced world. The LRC and Junior Librarian team promoted a number of books (in among fantastic displays created by Librarian, Ms Spencer and her library team) written by and about inspirational women who have made/are making a difference, along with a section of literature on women rights. Students also had the opportunity to complete quiz's to find out what they knew about inspirational women all over the world! To see a full list of the inspirational reads for International Women's Day please see here

In English lessons throughout the World Book Day, literature by minority and female authors were celebrated - marking International Women's Day as well as the success of the school's recent Global Reading Initiative. Students in Key Stage 3 discussed books they are currently reading and persuaded others to read their choices, they also made bookmarks and participated in 'Name That Author' quizzes. Students in Key Stages 4 and 5 explored Feminist Literature through the lens of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a celebrated female Nigerian writer and novelist.

At lunchtime, students were invited to attend Audiobook Listening Parties where they could listen to readings by Michelle Obama, Maya Angelou, Suzanne Collins and Angie Thomas - and enjoy some snacks! This event proved very popular with well over 100 students attending. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to guide and support our students as they develop real enthusiasm and passion for reading!