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Celebrating World Book Day 2022

Posted at 9:38 am on 22nd March, 2022

Clocking-up reading minutes in Wellacre’s Readathon

World Book Day was celebrated nationally on 3rd March 2022, and Wellacre joined in the celebrations with a range of inspirational literacy activities!

The national event celebrates a love of books and reading for pleasure, a mission which Wellacre also supports and encourages. 

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Wellacre launched a KS3 sponsored readathon, challenging students to record as many reading minutes as possible.  The final total was an incredible 68,493!

Monies raised totalled £440.50, which will fund new library stock based on book requests from students.   Participation in the readathon was outstanding, with the following students coming out on top:

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*  Most raised by Calvin, Year 8 - collected £170

*  English class with most minutes - 7L1 combined total 7754 minutes

*  Most minutes read individually: Bradley, Yr 8, 2050 minutes (audiobooks), Eshan, Yr 8, 1718 minutes (audiobooks), and Ben, Year 8, 837 minutes. 

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Regardless of sponsorship, all students and staff were asked to log how many minutes they read between Monday and Friday in the first week of March.  There were extended reading opportunities within KS3 lessons across subjects during the week, as students enjoyed class reads throughout the day.

Within English classes, students participated in World Book Day ‘live lessons’ from popular authors such as Ben Bailey Smith, Sharna Jackson, Michael Morpurgo and Frank Cottrell Boyce. The £1 World Book Day vouchers were also handed out.

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In Year 7, students enjoyed listening to Ben Bailey Smith's live lesson, commenting "it gave backstory to the character ready for our reading on Thursday." 

Noah, Year 7 said:

“It showed me how reading is important in ways I hadn’t appreciated before.”

Fellow Year 7, Hashim, added: 

“It was good for us to help us improve our reading skills.” 

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Mrs Warren, Wellacre’s Teacher of English and Whole School Literacy Lead, said:

“It was fantastic to see the huge number of minutes ‘clocking up’ as the whole school joined together as a community to inspire a love of reading. Pupils enjoyed the class reads chosen for World Book Day and even staff were eager to find out what happened next in the story!” 

Mrs Sharrock, Principal, commented:

“Thank you Mrs Stirling for mobilising our efforts for World Book Day and focusing very simply on the enjoyment of reading. The students have enjoyed the stories they were afforded the time to immerse themselves in over the day and I am so impressed by the minutes they spent reading independently. Well done to everyone!”

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