You would have been forgiven for thinking you were on a film set on Thursday 7th March, when Year 7 students came to school dressed as their favourite fictional characters to celebrate World Book Day. Year 9 English students had spent weeks preparing exciting workshops for them and the Year 9 WBD Media Team were at the ready with cameras to document the event: Here, Year 9 student, Ruby Llewellyn, writes about the day..
As one of the chosen year 9s to help with World Book Day 2019, I got to throw myself head first into workshops, outfits and a full 4 hours of pure fun. It was really exciting to not only decide what my group and I would be teaching the keen year 7s, but also to watch as they grew in confidence throughout the day. We decided to run a drama workshop, and I have no doubt that that was the right decision, as over the 4 hours of teaching I had the privilege to see each group tackle the tasks uniquely and each in their own hilarious way. The outfits though - they were unbelievable! From an amazing paper-mache crocodile, to a huge “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” head, from dozens of witches and wizards to couples and couples of “Thing 1” and “Thing 2”s…the year 7s really pushed their creative skills to the limit! I think World Book Day is a great opportunity for students to express their creativity, and even if they aren’t very confident in English, they can really use their imagination to create an outfit that exceeds expectations. Overall I think World Book Day 2019 was a huge success. Not only was it amazing to watch the year 7s have fun throughout the day, but it was also great to experience what being a teacher would be like, and how I had to use different skills that I’ve never used before, to make sure everyone felt comfortable and understood what they were doing. It was a pleasure to be a part of and I honestly think it’s a great day for year 7s and year 9s to have loads of fun, but also to be educated in different ways than you would in normal lessons.
Darshan Arun - Year 7 - said:
‘I enjoyed World Book Day because it is the day you can be creative about your costume or be free to wear the costume of your favourite character. Another thing I enjoyed is the acting – you could do a workshop and act out a scene from a book. And we had an assembly during the afternoon where you could win prizes for the costumes. The year 9 helpers also put together a video of the day which was really fun to watch. This was a great time for me and my friends. ‘
The Year 9 Media Team made a fantastic film and took some great photos of the event, both of which will be uploaded to the school website soon.