Staff at The Howard really embraced their inner primary school child and got dressed up for the 19th annual World Book Day in March. Students were buzzing around getting quotes from as many of the characters as they could to win a fantastic prize of a £20 book token.
In February we helped break a Guinness World Record for the most people taking part in a literary quiz at the same time. A lot of noisy fun was had in the LRC answering questions on books that they have read. The news that we had helped to break the record came to us in the most surprising of ways as we had asked Mr Trevor Goul-Wheeker, founder of World Book Day to come in to present to Year 7/8 and Year 10 assemblies. He announced that he had received a text during the Year 10 assembly on World Book Day itself to say that the record had been broken!
Trevor Ghoul-Wheeker, a Bookham resident is a former Director for Hammicks which later became Waterstones and is currently a Director at Blackwells publishing house. Twenty years ago he and a few others came up with the idea of creating a Book Day in Britain as the Spanish already had a festival of books on St George’s Day. Not to be outdone Trevor wanted the book day to be celebrated by children and teachers so moved the date from 23 April to a date that would not clash with school Easter Holidays and the first Thursday in March took shape as World Book Day. Trevor has won a ‘Nibby’ for his contribution to literacy. His enthusiasm for getting Britain reading was evident in his impassioned speech to the students at The Howard to ensure that they are literate members of society and once you learn to read you can do anything and go anywhere.
Cathi Woods, Library Manager, Ros Williams, Head of English and Kathryn Marlow, Literacy Coordinator and History Teacher all came together in a whirlwind of ideas and with help from lots of members of staff managed to pull off the best World Book Day celebrations and with the 20th anniversary of WBD happening next year – watch this space!
(Howard staff dressing up as book characters for World Book Day 2016)
Our annual Art Exhibition is from 12 – 14 July and we would love to see as many of you there as possible. Our students are incredibly talented creative young people and it would be a fabulous opportunity for you to share in their success. The exhibition gives the students the chance to showcase their work in art, textiles and photography.
Howard of Effingham School