At Canon Slade we promote reading and the love of books every day. It was wonderful that on World Book Day the whole school celebrated in style. This year we had over forty members of staff dressing up as a book character and over one hundred staff wore book character badges for students to seek out throughout the week. It was brilliant to see some departments taking up a book theme too. For the first time ever KS3 experienced a short story throughout the day as teachers read installments. The book chosen was by Anthony Horowitz called ‘The man with the yellow face’. Mrs Campbell said, “It was very successful and I would enjoy doing it again.”

For a bit of fun we also had a ‘Shelfie’ book display where students had to link the teacher with their bookcase.

Our annual World Book Day Bake Off was an amazing success despite the snowy weather. Students were invited to make and decorate a cake with a book theme. Our bakers created outstanding and imaginative cakes to an amazing standard. The judges Mrs. Teasdale and Mrs. Wilcock certainly didn’t find it easy to decide on the winners. “The cakes are just incredible and the students have demonstrated their creativity.” Mrs Teasdale. All the students who viewed the cakes agreed that ‘Grandpa’s Great Escape’ cake was the best.

After the cakes had been judged and admired, the following day, they were cut up and sold to raise £120.25 for Book Aid International.

Following on the theme of food, the catering team had a special book themed menu. All the staff wore book badges and enjoyed talking to the students about reading. Thank you to Miss Suffield, St Wilfred’s secondary school for sharing this idea last year.

The Scholastic Book Fair has been in school with a fabulous collection of new book titles. Students have been able to exchange their World Book Day token for £1.00 off a new book or for a free World Book Day book. Year 7 and Year 8 students were invited to visit during the day. Our pupil librarians managed the book fair over the week that it was in school and we were very grateful for their help. This year we sold £458.00 worth of books, so lots of new books to be added to the library from the commission. Thank you to all parents for supporting the book fair and for students for visiting and buying a new book.

J. Cairns
School Librarian
March 2018

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