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Virtual World Book Day celebrations

Virtual World Book Day celebrations
Karen Smith

World Book Day is officially today, Thursday 4th March, Happy World Book Day! 

The Canford Community will be celebrating throughout the day.  A ‘Shelfie Selfie Quiz’ challenges pupils to try and match the bookshelf to the member of staff while teachers will ‘Drop Everything and Read’ in Teams lessons throughout the day, sharing a reading of a short poem or an extract from a book of their choice.  Our Shells and Fourth Form will extend the celebrations as they have a Virtual Author Talk to look forward to on Friday 19th March with British novelist Alex Wheatle MBE. Alex was sentenced to a term of imprisonment after the 1981 Brixton riot in London and while serving his sentence he read authors such as Chester Himes, Richard Wright, C.L.R. James and John Steinbeck, which inspired him to start writing.  He is now the proud author of several books including Cane Warriors, Liccle Bit and Brixton Rock.      

Mary Anne Hockey, Librarian, commented: “We are delighted to have been able to celebrate World Book Day virtually despite our pupils not being able to be with us at school.  The Shelfie Selfie quiz was great fun to set up and it was wonderful to see the range of staff taking part from different departments - Biology, Maths, French, English, Physics, Drama, Philosophy & Theology, Chemistry, Geography, History, Art, Support for Learning as well as the Sports Centre.  Teachers from History, Maths, Physics, French, Chemistry, Philosophy & Theology and English have also taken part in a Drop Everything And Read event on the day itself.  The response has been fantastic and once again, World Book Day has allowed us to highlight what a fantastic reading community we have at Canford School.  It has also been excellent to emphasise the importance of reading for enjoyment and wellbeing during these times.” 

As part of the school’s ongoing commitment to literacy, we are excited to share some recent photographs from the new Library project which is scheduled to open later in the year. Following a challenging period of bad winter weather the slate roof is nearing completion and the windows are currently being installed. Once these elements are complete the building will be watertight and the builders will move onto working on installing the internal elements.  This fantastic new building will offer pupils and staff over 300 linear metres of open book shelving and a multimedia area giving access to multiple online resources.  There will be plenty of collaborative learning workspaces and seminar spaces with video conferencing to support global connections too.  It promises to be an exciting space for reading and learning.

Lady Charlotte’s Walk will lead up to the new library at Canford and will be edged with engraved stones. If you would like to sponsor a stone, there are still opportunities to do this. Please contact Rowena Gaston for further details or visit this page: Lady Charlotte's Walk.


Useful resources

Lockdown reading 2020:


Reading 2018:   Here is a link to the report from 2018:


Benefits of listening to audiobooks 2020:


Canford new library
New Canford library Lady Charlottes Walk