Clifton High School celebrated World Book Day with a Roald Dahl theme, the playground filled with an array of characters as Matildas and Willy Wonkas rubbed shoulders with Enormous Crocodiles and Fantastic Mr Foxes. Even insects from the James’s Giant Peach made an appearance. Some pupils chose their favourite characters from other books, such as Tin Tin, Wally, Hermione Granger and Phileas Fogg. Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children came dressed in a wonderful assortment of fairy tale figures, in support of their themed workshops throughout the day. All participants, pupils and teachers alike, should be congratulated for their imaginative efforts, raising an impressive sum to be divided evenly between The Roald Dahl Marvellous Children’s Charity for seriously ill children and Room to Read, which supports literacy projects in Asia and Africa whilst promoting education for girls. Pupils also received a £1 World Book Day Token which can contribute towards the purchase of a book from a variety of bookshops and other retailers. The children may also be interested in a specially-commissioned World Book Day book this year, written by many acclaimed authors, including David Walliams, Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Grant and Julia Donaldson.
Thank you to everyone for making this a memorable day. It is crucial that we ensure our children and young people engage with a variety of literature and share their love for reading and writing. From developing our empathy and understanding of others, to exercising our imagination and broadening our knowledge, books can teach all of us a great deal.