Fr Ian and Hannah, parish assistant, received lovely welcomes as they visited nearly all the classes of the school this morning. They were so impressed by what they saw and the enthusiasm of children and staff. What a surprise to go into the nursery and find Year 6 children reading in small groups to Nursery children. Fr Ian asked members of staff a simple question – What was a favourite book of yours when you were a child? He received a wonderful variety of answers.
Mr Elswood, Executive Headteacher (dressed as Fantastic Mr Fox) immediately chose J R R Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and that was also the choice of Mr Chalmers (splendidly turned out as Gandalf – we suggested he grow his beard for next year’s event to match Gandalf’s)..
Mrs Dean, Head of School (dressed as Hilda from The Warrior Troll) chose Sally Grindley’s Spilled Water.
Ms Crowther, in Nursery nominated Enid Blyton’s Mallory Towers series, while Miss Jenkins chose the Peter Rabbit books of Beatrix Potter. Children of Miss Jenkins’ class had fun trying to name some characters from that series.
Mrs Fletcher (Y1 teacher), dressed as the book of her childhood, Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar (which proved to be a popular choice, especially of the younger children).
Ms Brandreth named Disney’s The Little Mermaid, while Mrs Hamadani (dressed as Cathy from Wuthering Heights) named the ‘oldest’ book of the staff choices Charles Kingsley’s The Water Babies.
In Key stage Two the variety continued. Miss Cleaver, courageously dressed as an underpants loving dinosaur, chose Dr Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham. Mrs Heslop (dressed as a Pokemon Pikachu) nominated Michael Rosen’s We’re going on a bear hunt. Mr Berks (dressed as a very presentable Professor Dumbledore) told us of his childhood favourite Stig of the Dump by Clive King and Ms White, dressed as Hermione from Harry Potter gave Jacqueline Wilson as a favourite childhhod author.
It was great to find such a wide variety of book characters and favourite books. We also found that many teachers were sharing their own childhood favourites with children in their class, or indeed their own children.
Well done to staff and children for such a magnificent response to World Book Day – we very much look forward to World Book Day next year.
And click here for a reflection on Children’s books, from Sandra Palmer.