26th February - 3rd March
Writing: Amal Shakir (Year 9)
Photography: Luke Amos (Year 10)
Editing: Mohammad Karim (Year 12)
Once again, World Book Day met us with a flourish, as the English Team and the library organised some great studious and intellectual activities to appease our literature-craving minds.
In the library all week, teachers came and read chapters of their favourite books to us. The vastly different taste in literature became obvious with titles ranging from To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) to The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini). This was in contrast to the young adult titles like City of Bones (Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Minds (Alexandra Bracken) and Carry On (Rainbow Rowell).
Though both genres had their attractions, and the new perspective on literature really opened our eyes, and made us aware of the plethora of wealth, culture and diversity that can be seen in books. It also served as a platform to bridge the gap between the students and the teachers, in an engaging way, outside the classroom.
On Thursday and the following Tuesday, books donated by our community where bought by the students to help Book Aid, the charity we were supporting this World Book Day. The charity sends new books to areas which are deprived of educational resources. For every two pounds spent, a book can be sent to a refugee camp, a deprived area or war zone. Our combined book sale events sold hundreds of books.
Authors such as Derek Landy and Phillip Pullman were huge hits, with their titles being sold in minutes. We managed to raise a lot of money through the hard work of our teachers. A huge thank you is in order to them. We have all had an enjoyable book-themed week.
It’s a great scheme, ensuring whilst we learn, they earn.
We often take for granted the luxury we have. We have a huge plethora of knowledge and stories at our fingertips, and we often forget that there are many who haven’t had the fortune to experience the pleasure of reading a book, and learning about the world around them. So this is a great chance to give back to those in exchange for our own intellectual development.