Junior School Book Week
Book Week was a great success this year with the girls thoroughly enjoying the themed activities. They loved dressing up as their favourite characters for the Book Character Parades on Tuesday 17 March.
On Wednesday 18 March professional storyteller, Vanessa Woolf, entertained the children with a range of stories which she brought to life with props. A member of Equity and the Society for Storytelling, Vanessa has worked with UCL, the National Trust, The Royal Festival Hall and has been Critics’ Choice in Time Out.
Year 1 and Year 2 girls enjoyed ‘Literacy Trails’ around school which made them more aware of print in their immediate environment. The girls were invited to take part in two competitions -‘Extreme Reading’ produced some wonderfully creative entries and artistic skills were also developed when the girls designed an alternative cover for their favourite book.
Congratulations to our ‘Extreme Reading’ winners: Nylah Shire, Mia Lakhani and Riya Shahi and our runners-up: Isha Shah, Zabel Ebohon and Elena Shah.
Well done to our ‘Book Cover’ competition winners:- Sian Patel, Ziyana Kassam and Umesha Shanmugarajah.
During the week, all the Junior School girls had the opportunity to read to younger girls in Vincent House or Bluebelle House. Junior girls selected an appropriate book and asked the younger girls questions to develop their understanding of vocabulary, character and plot. This was a very enjoyable experience for all concerned and enhanced the girls’ literacy skills.
The Book Fair was popular again this year and a percentage of the money raised will go to buy books for the school so a big thank you to all of you who bought books, to the parents who gave up their time to help at the Book Fair and to all parents and staff who supported our Book Week.
The hard work was certainly worthwhile as I know that all the girls found the week both stimulating and entertaining.
What the girls said:- ‘I liked dressing up.’ Aoife Owusu
‘I liked the storyteller because there were funny stories.’ Keya Nandra
‘I liked finding writing on the Literacy Trail.’ Maheen Alvi
‘I liked dressing up day because everyone looked different.’ Kuhu Rajadhyaksha
‘I enjoyed the Book Cover competition, because it was fun and you could do your own cover.’ Pragna Reddibathini
‘I liked the storyteller best because she told an interesting story, a hilarious story and a spooky one. The spooky one was not that creepy.’ Laaibah Ali
‘I enjoyed reading to the younger children, because I have not got a sibling.’ Keira Bansal
‘I enjoyed the Book Fair. It had a good choice and the books were magical. I felt that I was in every story I bought.’ Elina Patel
‘I liked dressing up as I could be any book character I wanted to be.' Tiana Dawda-Patel