War of words for book lovers

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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.

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