“ If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” – Roald Dahl
It is in the spirit of this quotation, among other factors, that the school celebrated its maiden Book Week from 17th to 21st October 2016. The school went off-curriculum and the week was set aside to pay tribute to reading and the importance of literature in a child’s life. The event was an excellent opportunity to introduce books to children, recognise the work of authors and the unique creativity of illustrators. Most importantly, the week sought to inspire the lifelong love of reading in children and to spread its joy across the school.
Curriculum for the week focused on discussing the story and characters of the following books classes chose :
Nyansapo - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia) by C. S. Lewis
Gye Nyame - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Nkyinkyim - George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
Sankofa - Whatever Next? By Jill Murphy
Children’s literature was celebrated through decoration of classroom doors, story telling, creative writing, Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) sessions, Reading Buddies, book reviews, reading in unusual places, book cover design and Guess the Teacher's Favourite Book competitions, among others.
There were also whole school story time sessions at the beginning and end of each school day and teachers took turns to read to the school community in the Library. Some of the books read were:
- Peppe the Lamp Lighter by Elisa Bartone and Ted Lewin
- Excerpt from The Pot of Wisdom : Ananse Stories by Adwoa Badoe
- The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
- Day of Ahmed's Secret by Florence Parry Heide, Judith Heide Gilliland and Ted Lewin
- Pirates Don't Change Diapers by Melinda Long and David Shannon
- The Selfish Crocodile by Faustin Charles and Michael and Michael Terry
The climax of the week was the incredible Dress Up Parade and Assembly on Friday morning to which parents were invited. The creativity and imagination displayed was quite a sight as children and staff came to school dressed in their favourite book characters.
Four book covers, based on the themes of Friendship and the Hairy Fairy, which stood out were adjudged the best out of the lot.
Our winners are Christian Gonzalo Teran Servan, Allanah Debra-Louise King, Melissa Jenay King and Amanda Luthfia Mulawarman.
Congratulations to our winners for making us proud and better luck to all other entrants!!!
We would like to thank the Principal, teachers and parents for making our first Book Week a success.
Let’s keep reading….