Colourful costumes were in evidence throughout Bolton School as pupils dressed up as their favourite fictional characters to celebrate World Book Day 2019.
Children in the Nursery Class brought in the book that their costume was based on to read and share with their friends. Activities based on ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, such as clay rainbow fish and symmetrical butterfly painting, were the focus for the day. Children at the Bolton School Nursery also enjoyed reading and sharing stories while in costume as Gruffalos, Julia Donaldson’s Zog and fairytale characters.
Beech House, Bolton School’s Infant School, was filled with colourful costumes and morning assembly was themed around World Book Day. There was also a ‘bring and buy’ book sale in the afternoon to raise money for NSPCC.
Junior Girls in Year 4 led a special assembly in which they presented the story of The Friendly Giant and advised everyone: don’t judge a book by its cover! They shared the wonderful world of books and the pleasure of reading through narration, verse and song.
Teachers at the Junior Boys’ School switched classes to share a book of their choice, with many reading favourites from their childhood. Pupils also took part in quizzes and activities at lunchtime, one of which involved guessing which photographed bookshelf belonged to which member of staff!
Bolton School Senior Girls were given the theme of ‘mysteries’ and invited to dress up as detectives and villains for the day. Pupils and staff alike joined in the fun with Sherlock Holmes rubbing shoulders with Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Miss Marple and the cast of Cluedo amongst many others! Girls dressing up were asked to bring in a £1 donation and the money raised will be donated to Books2Africa, a UK Registered Charity who are committed to improving the quality of education in Africa through the collection and distribution of books. Founded in 2012 by four African students during their time studying in the UK, the organisation now has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Just 50p can put a book in the hands of a child in Africa, so each £1 donation will give two children a book of their own to read.
The Library played host to ‘Murder By The Book’, an exciting murder mystery game that encouraged pupils to use their skills of deduction to work out ‘whodunit’. A writing competition also challenged pupils to pitch the outline of a murder mystery story, with the winner receiving a signed copy of Robin Stevens’ Murder Most Unladylike.
The Boys’ Division Library continued the murder mystery theme: pupils enjoyed solving a Detective Quiz to potentially win a £10 voucher prize. Senior Boys will further celebrate World Book Day later in the month with an assembly, writing competition and Murder Mystery game in the library during break and lunchtime.