2018 Book Week
“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or a duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift” - Kate DiCamillo, children's fiction author
I think I speak for the school community when I say we very much look forward to Book Week so we can simply celebrate books, the pleasure of reading and nurture a lifelong love for books and reading. The event has gone from strength-to-strength and has become one of the most well attended in the year. From 15th to 19th October 2018, each class went off-curriculum and spent all week on their books of choice. We began our week by decorating and transforming our themed classroom doors into breath-taking book covers.
Sankofa chose From Head to Toe written and illustrated by Eric Carle, Nkyinkyim chose Hamish and the Gravity Burb written by Danny Wallace and illustrated by Jamie Littler, Gye Nyame chose Pirateology by Captain William Lubber and Nyansapo chose The Giver by Lois Lowry.
For the rest of the day, from Monday to Thursday, classes busied themselves with activities; from creating costumes and accessories to all manner of props for the Book Week Assembly. Sankofa filled up the time by watching videos, practicing songs, reading stories and learning how to draw a dog for the book cover competition. In Art they did a collage of some of the characters in the book and played Head to Toe board games. There was also Buddy reading with Gye Nyame after lunch.
At Story Time, the focus was on encouraging children to expand their reading horizons and to appreciate a good story. After line-up each morning, the school community headed to the Library, sat back and enjoyed fascinating stories such as:
- “I lost my tooth in Africa” written by Penda Diakité and illustrated by Baba Wagué Diakité
- Grandma’s Smile, written by Randy Siegel and illustrated by Dyanne Disalvo
- The Selfish Crocodile, written by Faustin Charles and illustrated by Michael Terry
- Ananse’s Party Time , written by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Janet Stephens
The assembly began with story time; the Principal read Imaginary Fred (written by Eoin Coffer and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers) to the enjoyment of the audience. This was followed by class performances. Sankofa performed the song rendition of their book, Head to Toe, they repeated moves in the book and came up with their own such as hopping on one leg, jumped with arms outstretched, bounced and catch balls etc.
Nyansapo’s production was based on "The Giver", a morally driven and interesting story about a young boy called Jonas who lives in a society devoid of crime and sadness. They challenged the audience to choose between living in a place of “sameness and difference’ after which they assigned their parents a variety of intriguing jobs from Day Care Operator, Donald Trump’s Personal Assistant, First woman on Mars, Birth Mother and Seamstress. They finished off by singing John Lennon’s “Imagine”.
Our Book Week is getting even more enjoysble each year and we could not have chalked the successes without the incredible support of staff, parents and friends of the school. Mrs. Ruth Kintzel deserves special mention for most of the pirate costumes and Ms. Amy for the face painting. Well done to all the children for such a wonderful effort! Until we come your way with another wonderful book week, keep celebrating books throughout the year.