23rd May 2018
Students at Tenbury High Ormiston Academy in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire took part in a belated World Book Day in April by dressing up as their favourite book characters.
Originally planned for Thursday, 1st March (when the school was closed due to snow and icy roads), the students were allowed to choose figures from both factual and fictional books and showed great imagination by dressing up as the likes of Jesus, characters from Harry Potter, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Winnie The Pooh (and friends) and characters from the Dr Seuss books.
Staff were equally inventive with characters from Of Mice and Men, Harry Potter and Great Expectations teaching various subjects across the school.
Besides dressing up as their heroes, the children also spent time reading stories to each other and sharing character experiences as well as engaging in literacy-based activities devised by the staff.
As part of the day, students raised £320 for Books for Africa who fund books for African students, improving their literacy and supporting their education.
Head of school, Vicki Dean, said: “We didn’t want to miss an opportunity to celebrate literacy and raise some money for a worthy cause. It was good to see everyone joining in including staff and I’m sure that I may have spotted Peter Rabbit and co frolicking in the school grounds at the end of the day, chased by an angry Mr McGregor.
“Books and reading are the foundation stone of a great education, providing a lifetime of access to knowledge and worlds to explore. Our family here at Tenbury High came together and celebrated their passion for books; it was wonderful to see and be a part of.”
Prizes were given to those with the most original ideas in their dressing up with the winners judged by the new Executive Principal, Andrew Burns.