Down the rab­bit hole and un­der the wa­ter

Chil­dren push the bound­aries for World Book Day

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

PUPILS and staff at St He­len’s Col­lege pri­mary school had a colour­ful and ed­u­ca­tional time cel­e­brat­ing World Book Day on Thurs­day last week.

Pupils dressed as char­ac­ters from the clas­sics, as well as plenty of char­ac­ters from books such as Robin Hood, Alice in Won­der­land and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. There was even a fe­male Ham­let.

Sev­eral of the chil­dren from Years 2 to 6 stood up in as­sem­bly on Thurs­day last week and spoke as their char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing Ham­let de­liv­er­ing some of the fa­mous ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ so­lil­o­quy.

Vis­it­ing au­thor Mar­cia Wil­liams ran work­shops with chil­dren through­out the school, and Oak Farm Li­brary vis­ited the nurs­ery.

As well as as­sem­blies there was an ‘Ex­treme Read­ing’ photo com­pe­ti­tion, for which pupils had to send in pic­tures of them­selves read­ing in ex­treme places. The chil­dren sent pho­to­graphs of them­selves read­ing in trees, in mu­se­ums, while on pogo sticks, while wash­ing up and many more. One of the most amaz­ing was the pho­to­graph of Jas­mine, from Year 2, read­ing un­der­wa­ter.

Some classes en­joyed a Mad Hat­ter’s Tea Party, dur­ing which they pro­moted books which they had read and en­joyed, and cater­ing staff themed the lunch time ser­vice around Alice in Won­der­land too, with ‘Eat Me’ and ‘Drink Me’ signs and colour­ful cup­cakes on of­fer for dessert, served by The White Rab­bit.

Year 6 even par­tic­i­pated in a game of cro­quet dur­ing their PE les­son to ex­tend the Alice in Won­der­land theme.

A su­perb day was had by ev­ery­one at the school in Park­way, Hilling­don, with pupils ben­e­fit­ting from dis­cussing the sto­ries they and their friends love.

The chil­dren also brought in sec­ond­hand books for a huge school­wide book swap.

Mrs Sav­age, English co­or­di­na­tor, said: “We love World Book Day and en­joy tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to stretch the chil­dren’s imag­i­na­tions even fur­ther, in­tro­duc­ing them to books bring­ing their learn­ing to life with cos­tumes, as­sem­blies and work­shops.”

n IN A WON­DER­LAND: Nurs­ery pupils Jas­mine, Saanya, Xavier, Poppy, Ke­sar and Lola on World Book Day

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