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Read­ing Week at KES

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‘Read­ing is fun and should be enjoyed by all’ is the mantra at King Ethel­bert School and this was never more evi­dent than dur­ing the read­ing week tak­ing place at the school last week. The theme was Sto­ries from Around the World and all stu­dents and staff par­tic­i­pated in the numer­ous activ­i­ties tak­ing place through­out the event.
Each school build­ing was des­ig­nated a world con­ti­nent and books and authors from the con­ti­nent were dis­played through­out the areas. Stu­dents enjoyed many dif­fer­ent read­ing focussed activ­i­ties in all their lessons and there were fun ses­sions at lunchtime and after school. The first com­pe­ti­tion of the week was held on Mon­day with a cake com­pe­ti­tion cel­e­brat­ing stores from around the world. The stu­dent win­ners were Georgina Ander­son and Zoe Humphries and the staff win­ner was Miss Young. Year 10 stu­dents Gaby George and Sophie Lear­mont ran an Anime work­shop at lunchtimes which was hugely pop­u­lar with stu­dents and there were also African dance lessons and the Pin the Tale on the Coun­try com­pe­ti­tion. Per­haps the high­light of the week was the dress­ing up day on Fri­day. Stu­dents dressed as their favourite char­ac­ters out of books they knew and the staff did the same with the Eng­lish teach­ers dress­ing up as Poc­a­hon­tas and Helen of Troy. The win­ners of the stu­dent com­pe­ti­tion were Toby Hand­ford (Lego­las – Lord of the Rings) and Sophie Lear­mont (Ace of Hearts – Alice in Wonderland).
The whole event was coor­di­nated from the Learn­ing Resource Cen­tre by Pat God­den, the LRC Man­ager. She said ‘the idea of read­ing week is to bring books off the page and get every­one to enjoy read­ing.’ Kate Greig, Head­teacher said, ‘the stu­dents really enjoyed the whole week. Read­ing is so essen­tial for suc­cess and we place a huge empha­sis on it at King Ethel­bert. If we can make read­ing fun stu­dents will want to read and we are all winners.’