St. Mary's

St. Mary’s Celebrates World Book Week

Students in their World Book Day costumes

Celebrations started on Monday with Year 7’s showing off their arts and crafts skills by making handmade bookmarks. On Wednesday, students in Years 7 to 10 entered a book themed ‘Escape Room’, where they had to work out clues and break codes, discovering answers related to literature to ‘escape’, and win the game.

This year, we have operated a World Book Day after school club, to support students who wanted to partake in fancy dress – designing and creating costume props in preparation for WBD. It has been immensely successful, some even managed to impress our SMCA prop making expert, Mr. Jenkins! On Thursday, St Mary’s welcomed dozens of fictional characters into the academy as students from years 7 to 9 dressed as their favourite book characters.Seventy five students had been chosen to attend a rewards event to congratulate them on their hard work and effort throughout the year in English. They enjoyed book themed quizzes and party games, as well as being issued with a free book of their choice to enjoy in their spare time.

At lunch time, our annual fancy dress competition took place, 3 students took home top prizes for their fabulous efforts in bringing to life Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter (1st Wictoria 8R), D.C’s Two-Face (2nd Amy 8C) and The Hobbit’s Tauriel Elf (3rd Safina 7R).

World Book Week ended on a high during Friday lunchtime, as 200 books were given away to students for free! Everyone was invited to peruse the array of genres, all wrapped up – making their choice by reading only on a small blurb taken from the opening lines of the books. It felt like Christmas Day when students unwrapped their new books and some gave a delighted air punch or clap!

A final congratulations to Wiktoria in 8R who won the fictional book character’s bedroom design competition. Her incredible diorama featured handmade miniature coat hangers, 50 5mm tiny books and even had a carpet!