Pupils spell­bound by at­tempt to beat world read­ing record

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

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.”

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