On the 2nd March 2017, West Lodge took part in the national event that is World Book Day. All of the children were clearly excited to celebrate books, authors and reading as they arrived at school in their costumes. It was great to see so many of the children make an effort and dress up as a character from one of their favourite books. By 8.40am, the playground was literally full: from Harry Potter characters, the cast of Alice in Wonderland and Wizard of Oz, and Where’s Wally to endless pirates, superheroes, witches, crayons and more!
The children were then very proud to show who they had dressed up as to the rest of the school in assembly. This was also a time to learn about why we celebrate World Book Day and where the money we have raised is spent. This year, £150 will be given to Book Aid International, which is a charity that sends books to areas of the world less fortunate than us with little access to books. The assembly also demonstrated the children’s fantastic knowledge as they defeated the teachers in the World Book Day quiz.
Throughout the day, children took part in activities in class centred around reading. Each class was able to read to another through a buddy system, which they particularly enjoyed and have asked to do more often. At various times throughout the day, all of the children and staff took part in DEAR (Drop Everything and Read). Sue’s revolting recipe surprisingly turned out to be very successful and the children particularly enjoyed what was on offer, especially the snakes swimming in Sue’s green rice pudding.
All in all, the children and staff had a wonderful day and certainly proved that a passion for learning, and in particular, reading is very apparent at West Lodge. Finally, we hope every child uses the £1 voucher that was given to them to spend on books and thank the parents for their continued support.
Additionally, on Friday 3rd March 2017, over £70 was raised for the West Lodge school library as a result of very successful 2nd hand book fair. Year 5 were particularly enthused as they ran the stalls and helped the younger children choose a book. Again, I would like to thank you for your support with providing so many books.
Mr Weighill - Director of Studies and Head of English