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March 8th 2023

Book Week - fantastic costumes and freeze-frames photos

Senior School get into character 

Last week we celebrated World Book Day, with Senior School students and staff coming to school as literary characters (for the first time in 3 years!). We had a marvellous assembly with a parade of costumes, complete with a terrifying Grand High Witch and retinue of witches (Mrs Chandler and her ‘gang’) . Luckily none of our students got turned into mice! 

Many thanks to our Librarian Ms Glazebrook and key staff members, who put into place a number of great activities throughout the week in the library: 

  • On Monday and Tuesday, we played a 'Guess Who?' game where students had to draw a book character or title 

  • On Tuesday, the result of 'Guess how many books in the Gadsden library' answer was revealed - 13,990! The winner, who won a jar of jellybeans, was Vasilisa in Year 8 with her extremely close guess of 13,993! 

  • Thursday was our special World Book Day assembly and also our annual 'Big Book Quiz'. Twelve teams battled it out to be the supreme winners for 2023, with this year’s title going to Alice, Seren and Nela. 

  • Friday saw the library host a session held by the Sixth Form about Literature & Mythology. The session was attended by all year groups along with some staff too. There were discussions on their favourite myths followed by a quiz. There was also an introduction to a new collection of books which includes Circe, Medusa and Ariadne. 

  • Friday was also the final day of our competitions. Students had to answer a different question every day to be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a basket of goodies including books, chocolate, stationery and notebooks. Students with 5 correct answers were added to a random name generator with the winner selected live before the end of the day. The lucky winner was Rosie in Year 13! 

Book Week at Junior School 

Junior School Book Week celebrations began with a visit from authors Peter Bunzl (Cogheart, Skycircus), Karin Littlewood (Immi, Sea Horse) and Rachael Mortimer (Jack and the Jelly Bean Stalk). Pupils were inspired to hear from the authors, who retold their tales as writers, storytellers and imagination-makers. English lessons became doorways to new worlds as the girls explored and enjoyed the books written by their visiting authors. 

In the middle of the week, pupils enjoyed taking part in our Book Swap, swapping old favourite books with their classmates. Donations were made to the Acorn Book Club, a charity which collects and disperses pre-loved books across the community. World Book Day was celebrated by all in cosy pyjamas as the girls shared a D.E.A.R session (Drop Everything And Read!) with their Buddy groups, with older girls reading beautifully to the younger pupils. It has been a wonderfully busy week, with many highlights and lasting moments shared. But perhaps the most important of all were those quiet moments, those moments to delve into a good book, to explore a new world and to make new friends. Happy Book Week everyone! 

Junior School Big Freeze competition 

During Book Week, we also revealed the winners of the Big Freeze competition, where pupils were invited to get creative and send in photos of themselves in a freeze-frame moment of their favourite book. Thank you to all our Junior School pupils and families who participated in the competition. We were overwhelmed by the imagination of our participants and were pleased to see so many family members and pets joining in the fun. Well done to everyone who took part. 

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