This Thursday, it was World Book Day: a day to celebrate the imagination, creativity and originality of different authors from across the world. In Chapel on Wednesday, Miss Bufton asked students why they thought this day was important and there was an array of thoughtful and poignant responses, from the value of celebrating writers’ opinions from the past, to escaping to magical worlds on grey English days. Mrs Pendred spoke about the importance of reading to engage with other people’s lives and experiences; giving the example of how ‘The Outsiders’ was the first book that made her cry, and how important reading was in developing empathy. Mrs Hunt spoke about the National Book Tokens’ and booksellers’ wonderful scheme to encourage children to explore different avenues of reading through the £1 World Book Day tokens that all students received this week.
More information about the Book Fair and whether we will be able to extend this due to the weather conditions will follow, but we hope that many children were able to explore the variety that Scholastic had to offer this week already. Thank you to Mrs Hunt for all her hard work with organising and running this for children and parents.
On Thursday, Belmont students did not fail to bring the wonderful, colourful world of literature to life, with the outstanding effort they put into their costumes. There was a terrific range of imagination from Tintin, to Dr Seuss’ many flavourful characters, to ‘Lord of the Rings’, to ‘The Hunger Games’. This year, we celebrated the children’s, and I am sure many parents’, incredible efforts with two parades, one for Lower School and one for Upper School. Well done and thank you to everyone that took part for their exceptional contribution. There will be three prizes for the best costumes in each year group, which will be presented in the assemblies on Monday.
Thanks to everyone for taking part it is always such a great event for both pupils and staff. A huge thanks to the parents for continuing to support the event with fantastic costumes despite the challenging weather conditions.
Keep an eye on the website next week for full information about all the different events that children enjoyed during Reading Week.
Miss Bufton (Head of English), Mrs Hunt (Librarian), Mrs Pendred (English Coordinator)