What a fantastic start to the year it has been for reading at Etone. With some fantastic entries into the Extreme Reading and Christmas Read challenges it has been great to reward pupils for their efforts. Following on from this we entered January continuing to promote a culture of reading through a staff book swap station.
Now we turn our attention to the reading event of the year: World Book Day. Created by UNESCO on 23rd April 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, World Book Day is currently celebrated by over 100 countries around the globe. Each year authors and publishers work hard to spread the values of reading, particularly with the younger generation. This year marks it’s 25th Anniversary and Etone College staff and pupils intend to observe the day with the full credit it deserves with some brilliant initiatives:
Read for Good Readathon
The charity Read for Good encourages children to read through its unique motivational approach inspiring reluctant readers to give reading a go, and keen readers to read more widely. Pupils can choose whatever they want to read – from comics to classics and audio books to blogs – they are not being assessed, it’s all about reading for fun. And, they are motivated to read because the money they raise in sponsorship helps to provide a regular supply of brand new books and a resident storyteller to every major children’s hospital in the UK.
At Etone, pupils will be given a ‘Readopoly’ challenge charge on which to record their reading. The more books they read, the more entries they will have into our prize draw to win one of five £25 vouchers.
For more details on how to support your child please click this link: HERE
100 Reads Challenge
Alongside the Readathon, each tutor group has been challenged to see if they can read 100 books between them before World Book Day on March 3rd . There are lots of prizes to be won by the tutor group and points awarded towards the House Competition.
The BIG Book Quiz
Pupils in KS3 will take part in a book quiz during their firm time. The winning team from each tutor group will be chosen to represent their house in the BIG BOOK QUIZ FINAL on World Book day itself.
Whose Shelf is this?
During the week beginning 28th February pupils will be able to have a go at our fun quiz ‘Whose shelf is this?’ where they will need to use their best inference skills to work out which member of staff’s bookshelf is shown.
World Book Day
Non-Uniform day On March 3rd we will run a non-uniform day to celebrate World Book Day and also to raise money towards the House Charities. The cost of the day will be £1 to each pupil wearing non uniform and they will be asked to make their donations into buckets as they arrive at school. For pupils who choose to ‘dress up’ to represent a character from a book, there will be no charge. Pupils dressing up will have the opportunity to win prizes throughout the day for their costume.
Scholastic Book Fair
Our World Book day celebrations will culminate in a Scholastic Book Fair that will run from 16th to 24th March and where pupils will be able to browse and buy a range of books. Details will be sent out closer to the date with information about the books available and the best way to pay.
Please help us support these events and your child by encouraging reading as much as possible at home. Remember it could be a fiction novel, autobiography or even an article in the newspaper, it doesn’t matter as long as they enjoy it.
To find out more about the Readathon or World Book Day just follow these links:
If you require further information about any of these events from Etone, please contact Mrs K Smith at school.