Pupils spellbound by attempt to beat world reading record
PUPILS at a Chesham school attempted to break a world record last month.
Year seven pupils at Chesham Grammar School, in White Hill, took part in the National Book Day Guinness World Record attempt on Friday, June 24. The aim of the record attempt was to hold the world’s largest simultaneous reading lesson. The current record is 3,509 participants, which was set on July 2, 2014.
The pupils, who were excited to be part of the record attempt, assembled outside the school’s sixth form centre, the Curtis Centre.
Once they were all seated, with the help of six supervising teachers, they all sat very quietly while one of the school’s assistant heads, Ollie Josephson, held them spellbound with his reading of the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which was the book chosen for the world record attempt.
There were two independent witnesses, school governor Anthony Ogden and chairman of Chiltern District Council Mimi Harker, who were equally spellbound by the reading.
The session ended with a brief assembly about the many benefits of reading from an early age.
The school’s attendance and publicity officer Nora Maw said: “Now it is a case of waiting to hear if the record has been broken. We are proud to have been part of the attempt.”