Canford places literacy at the heart of learning, Head of English, Richard Redwood, recommends inspiring reads for 16 year olds and the Canford library launches new systems to keep Canford Covid-secure.
World Book Day celebrations last 14 days!
World Book Day is officially today, Thursday 5th March, but Canford’s celebrations are actually lasting for 14 days!
On Monday 2nd March, two quizzes were launched to all pupils with a closing date of Friday. The innovative English staff have really embraced the World Book Day theme of ‘sharing stories’, staging various scenes from curriculum texts in appropriate costumes using venues around the school, while a ‘Books to Movies’ quiz tested literary and cinematic knowledge. All pupils have been offered a book token and asked to take part in the reading challenges.
The Library team put together a display of dystopian books tying in with a visit from author, Sarah Govett, who will be giving a talk with a Q&A and book signing to all Shells on Friday 13th March in Canford Magna Parish Church about the exciting dystopian trilogy she has written called ‘The Territory.’ This talk links to the cross-curricular project the Shells are completing this term. They have researched real world human disasters in Geography to inform a dystopian piece of writing in English and a dystopian world in a box in Art.
A Graphic Novel reading group was launched on Tuesday 3rd March for Fourth Form and above. Fourth Form are reading ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and will attend a guest lecture on the book next week in the Layard Theatre as a further World Book Day celebration.
Fifth Form have today been involved in a live screening of the RSC Macbeth Schools’ Broadcast. Christopher Eccleston starred as Macbeth in Polly Findlay’s production, which ‘moves at a lick’ focusing on the concept of ‘time’ and recasts the witches as children.
Throughout the fortnight, staff and pupils were encouraged to add what they are reading to the end of their email signatures - a good way of sharing what we read, starting conversations about books and gaining inspiration for the next book to read!
Mary Anne Hockey, Librarian, commented: “Canford has an excellent reading community and the response to this year’s World Book Day has been fantastic. Pupils and staff have been taking part in the quizzes as well as sharing what they are reading via their emails. Reading, literacy and libraries are so important for everyone and World Book Day is a fun way of reminding us of what a joy reading can be. We are now very much looking forward to the author talk by Sarah Govett next week.”
- Co Curricular