We do a lot in school for World Book Day in March but this year two of our lovely English Teachers, Ms Gocoul and Ms Rose were inspired to create our very own Book Day later in the year; Backwell Book Day
By Term 6 Y11 and Y13 are off timetable and the atmosphere in school is a little more relaxed, so some booky activities were suggested for Tutor Time, teachers were asked to give their lessons a literary bent and an author and poet were invited into to school. By the time the day arrived we also had a Hunger Games Quiz devised by Y10 students for the library and a Book Swap arranged in one of the House Common Rooms. All ideas and the timetable were displayed on Frog, our learning platform to offer teachers inspiration.
The day will not easily be forgotten as it turned out to be the hottest one of the year and The Library Ladiez were kept busy ushering Sarah Mussi, author of the Snowdonia Chronicles and Antosh Wojcik, performance poet on and off stage in the school theatre! Every Year Group saw a performance and several students joined our visitors for a picnic lunch. Sarah signed books for around 50 students after talking about her inspiration to write and Antosh took everyone’s breath away (“Wow, I wasn’t expecting that” said Science teacher, Mr Lewis) with his funny and surreal poems based on his life, family and quirky view of the world. It was lovely to see some students who struggle socially coming up to speak to him privately afterwards.
The Quiz was enthusiastically run and attended and the Book Swap was over almost before it began!
The entire English Department dressed beautifully for the day (but had shed a few layers by lunchtime!) and many teachers gave their lessons a literary theme: an excerpt from Frankenstein lead to discussion about the implications of scientific discoveries and History lessons looked at the use of Power, inspired by dystopian fiction.
The planning team were thrilled with what they achieved in a very short time this year. Watch out for the date of Backwell Book Day next year!