Issued: March 11, 2019
School marks World Book Day
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Roding Valley High School celebrated World Book Day with more than fancy dress by hosting a variety of thought-provoking activities and events.
From a 'Where’s Wally' riddle challenge to shelfies (bookshelf selfie), the school went one step further to engage students in the joy of literature.
The 'Where’s Wally' competition saw the whole school take part in a linguistic riddle treasure hunt which led students to different locations across the school where they discovered hidden symbols and had the chance to win book vouchers and certificates.
Students were also challenged to a Shelfie competition for which they had to guess which shelfie belonged to which teacher.
The challenge highlighted the wide range of genres read by teachers that are unrelated to their subject specialities encouraging students to be curious in their approach to reading and step outside of their comfort zone when finding new stories to explore.
Alongside the student activities, teachers also took part in a ‘Do it Now’ task at the start of each lesson which saw teachers open each lesson with a reading from their favourite book while asking students to think about underlying messages that could relate to their learning.
Amy Wybrant, Second in Charge of the Science Faculty, said: “I really enjoyed reading a section of an important book to my Year 11s students.
"I chose to read the book Legacy, by James Kerr, which is, on the surface, about the All Blacks rugby team.
"Below the surface, it is about the important things sport and teamwork can teach us, such as the idea that we are never too big or too important to do the ‘small’ things in life.”
DIN is similar to the school’s ‘Drop Everything and Read’ (DEAR) initiative which asks students to stop whatever they are doing and read for a short amount of time, offering them a moment of reflection in the busy school day.
Head of School Sharon Jenner said: “We created the DEAR programme as we believe in the importance of reading not just for academic development, but also for relaxation and personal development.
"As such, World Book Day is an important event for us and just one of the ways we encourage learning by creating an inspiring atmosphere.”