Upton Court Grammar School students focussed on all things literature for a week long celebration of reading, culminating in World Book Day commemoration on Thursday 3 March.
On Tuesday, popular childrens’ horror author William Hussey visited the school, sparking students’ imaginations while conducting a mock trial of a witch, similar to the storylines in his books. He then distributed signed copies of his Witchfinder series of books.
On World Book Day itself, staff and students dressed up as their favourite literary characters for the day, leading to an atmosphere of excitement as children talked to their friends about their outfits. A surreal atmosphere was created as characters from Harry Potter, superheroes, fairies, witches and ghouls walked the school corridors, encouraging students to look into a wider range of genre of books they were previously accustomed to.
Also on World Book Day, students took part in an essay writing competition in response to a stimulus of a series of photographs showing important events in world history.
Upton Court Grammar School Principal Mercedes Hernandez Estrada said “Reading opens all our minds to different worlds and it is a truly enriching experience. Fiction and nonfiction characters came to life this week and it was a joy to see the school being the 'home' of Harry Potter and many Dickensian and Shakespearean characters.”
Author William Hussey with Matthew Walker, Noosha Radnejad (centre) and Tara Jawaher (right), all 11 years old.
Principal Mercedes Hernandez Estrada (centre rear) dressed as Maid Marian with staff and students dressed as their favourite literary characters.