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English Department Round Up

World Book Day

On 2 March 2023, we celebrated World Book Day. Mr Vadaszffy, Head of English led chapel services throughout the week on the power and pleasure of reading, giving around 150 books to pupils as part of the celebration. Further books have been awarded to pupils as prizes for excellent work and effort in English lessons. In addition, on World Book Day, the whole school took part in a staggered collective reading of Shirley Jackson’s captivating short story, The Lottery.

Pupils now have access to ‘Book Swap Boxes’ in the English Department. Affixed to the wall in the main English block corridor, the boxes contain a selection of books per Key Stage. Pupils are welcome to take a book and enjoy it. Where possible, they are asked to deposit a book in return to help us further build our book-sharing community. In addition, we have opened a ‘Reading Corner’ in the English Department. Pupils are welcome to peruse the bookcase and relax with a book during lunch and break times. 

Fourth Form English Scholars have been busy reading and below share their recommendations

Wonder by R. J. Palacio is about a young American boy who lives with a facial deformity. In the book, he is starting the first year of middle school. Starting a new school is difficult for anyone but especially him. Due to this condition and the multiple surgeries, he has had to have, he has always been home-schooled by his mother, who believes that it is time for him to embrace a new chapter in his journey. 

I enjoyed this book because its message is very valuable, and one that everyone can relate to. This book teaches young people not to make assumptions based on appearance and reminds them to consider how what they say can have an impact on everyone. Even if we don’t look alike, we are the same on the inside. 

Lucy K (Murray House)  

A Monster Calls is an emotional and gripping mystery by Patrick Ness. The book follows Conor, a young boy whose mother has cancer. It shows his life slowly breaking down as he tries to cope with the situation. If that wasn’t enough, a monster is visiting Conor’s dreams—not to eat or hurt him, but to get the truth, the hardest thing of all. 

I love this book because it is a gripping journey of coping with pain and truth while depicting beautiful images and ideas. It keeps you worried and wondering at every twist and turn. 

Joseph W (Weymouth House) 

Lower Sixth English Literature Attend Lecture Series

Lower Sixth pupils studying English Literature attended a series of lectures in London on 7 March on their set text, A Streetcar Named Desire. The Illuminating topics included the dramatic significance of Stanley and Stella, a feminist reading of Blanche DuBois, the American South and domestic tragedy. The event, run by Sovereign Education, also gave pupils an insight into university-style lectures. 

Mr Vadaszffy, Head of English