From the Pages of the Prep School… World Book Day 2018
Clayesmore Prep Head of English and Drama, Mrs Suzanne Chinnock, writes:
‘The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page…’ – Saint Augustine
“On World Book Day, celebrated right across the world, the pages of the Prep School fell open and out stepped an array of characters to spend a day at school. Among the heroes was the courageous Katniss Everdeen (Harriet R) and the blue-cloaked Tyrian (Jenny A) – a character from Jenny’s own novel.
“Villains aplenty stalked the grounds, instilling fear in all who encountered them. Everyone avoided Narnia’s White Witch (Isobel W), of course, for fear of being turned to stone. The Demon Dentist (Edith W) caused quite an equally chilling stir with her pale face and evil grin. Complete with smooth feathered wings, Maleficent (Amelia M) enjoyed the words of the storyteller Mark Bedford who took his audiences on journeys of imagination throughout the day.
“In Arabian robes lined with the finest camel hair, the oldest character to grace the Prep School with his presence stepped from the pages of the Bible itself… Moses (Charles T). Everyone was proud of the graceful Aurora (Molly W) who managed an entire day at school without once falling asleep! Matilda (Grace B), as one might expect, enjoyed the book fair immensely. All characters got a chance to visit and choose from this glorious array of books throughout the day, even Batman (William B) and Fantastic Mr Fox (Pip R) and the stripy-socked Winnie the Witch (Emily S).
“Robin Hood (Isabel B) would have preferred the environs of the Beech Walk, as would Little Red Riding Hood (Beth P), but both deigned to go to lessons instead. Gangsta Granny (Erin F) was keen to get back to school, however. In true pantomime dame style, complete with the reddest of lipsticks and the most glamorous of frocks, the Ugly Sisters (Lucas M and Joseph S) enjoyed football in the mini courtyard at lunch whilst the BFG (Mr Harrison) was on duty. Tweedle Di and Tweedle Dum (Lareina G and Maddison M) were hard to tell apart.
“At the end of the day, the characters gathered in a celebration assembly to watch a film created by the Reading Crew, the Prep’s senior reading group. The premise of the film was to imagine what would happen if characters from famous stories all arrived in a classroom for their first day at school.
“Reading for pleasure remains at the very centre of our story here at the Prep, and never was this truer than on World Book Day. Yes, Saint Augustine, the world is indeed a book and here at the Prep we journey far and wide…”