War of words for book lovers
PUPILS in years five and six at Hawridge and Cholesbury CofE School recently took part in the school’s first ever Battle of the Books.
The children were challenged to read 10 books in 10 weeks.
The books ranged from Alone on the Wide, Wide Sea by Michael Morpurgo to Wonder by R J Palacio.
At the end of the 10 weeks, four teams took part in a Battle of the Book Quiz, which parents were invited to attend.
The tension could be felt throughout the school hall as the four teams became two to create the grand final.
The winning team will soon be visiting a local book shop to buy a book of their choice.
Headteacher Rosie Phillips said: “Pupils worked hard to read the books and had retained a huge amount of information in order to answer the quiz questions. Thanks to Suzannah Howard who masterminded and organised the whole event.”
Pupil Vicky said: “It was really fun and worthwhile. Even if you didn’t win, you had nice and interesting books to read. I had never heard of most of them. It was nice to try new books.”
Classmate Chloe said: “It was a great way to work as a team. I enjoyed solving the riddles in the Mysterious Benedict.”
Fellow pupil Hannah said: “There aren’t many reading clubs and it was nice to do something you knew you could do. The buzzers were fun.”
Hollie said: “I like Hero on a Bicycle because I found it really interesting hearing what he did.”
Classmate Ethan added: “I love that reading books can really help learning. They are really simple to just pick up and read and you learn so much by the time you have finished.”
Finally, pupil Zach said: “When you are reading a book, you actually take in all the information without really knowing it and then when a question is asked you know it and you surprise yourself.” A SCHOOL went back to the Old West and came face to face with the good, the bad, the smelly and the downright silly in its annual summer production.
A whole saloon full of performances along with a fantastic ho-down of songs as well as inspired stage design and costumes brought the house down at Chesham Prep School on June 16 and 17. The production, titled, It’s a Bad Day at Black Frog Creek, saw outlaw No Nose Muldoon come into town with his misfit gang ‘Howling’ Hannah and Dumbo Dawson on a mission to find something that was snatched from him years ago – a diamond stolen in the dead of night by an old flame, Diamond Lil.
One of the show’s stars Grace Adams got to speak on the Chris Evans Radio 2 breakfast show.
The year six pupil called him up in answer to his request for children who were doing something for the first time. Grace got through to the show and said that she was about to perform on stage in public for the first time. The DJ even asked her to call back to let him know how it went.