‘Reading is fun and should be enjoyed by all’ is the mantra at King Ethelbert School and this was never more evident than during the reading week taking place at the school last week. The theme was Stories from Around the World and all students and staff participated in the numerous activities taking place throughout the event.
Each school building was designated a world continent and books and authors from the continent were displayed throughout the areas. Students enjoyed many different reading focussed activities in all their lessons and there were fun sessions at lunchtime and after school. The first competition of the week was held on Monday with a cake competition celebrating stores from around the world. The student winners were Georgina Anderson and Zoe Humphries and the staff winner was Miss Young. Year 10 students Gaby George and Sophie Learmont ran an Anime workshop at lunchtimes which was hugely popular with students and there were also African dance lessons and the Pin the Tale on the Country competition. Perhaps the highlight of the week was the dressing up day on Friday. Students dressed as their favourite characters out of books they knew and the staff did the same with the English teachers dressing up as Pocahontas and Helen of Troy. The winners of the student competition were Toby Handford (Legolas – Lord of the Rings) and Sophie Learmont (Ace of Hearts – Alice in Wonderland).
The whole event was coordinated from the Learning Resource Centre by Pat Godden, the LRC Manager. She said ‘the idea of reading week is to bring books off the page and get everyone to enjoy reading.’ Kate Greig, Headteacher said, ‘the students really enjoyed the whole week. Reading is so essential for success and we place a huge emphasis on it at King Ethelbert. If we can make reading fun students will want to read and we are all winners.’