World Book Day Round Up

World Book Day 1st March 2012

A busy day, but FAB!



In the lead up to WBD we asked for mini book reviews and created posters from these. They were then stuck up in strange places aroung the Academy on the day.

I had arranged for an Author Visit by Malcolm Rose, who spent the morning delivering two sessions with our Year 8 students, he was fantastic and with his scientific background is a perfect fit for our Science and Maths specialisms.

He explained where he gets his ideas from, demonstrating that the explosion at the start of “Jordan Stryker” is based upon the SS Richard Montgomery which is a sunken ship laden with unexploded bombs from the Second World War just off the cost of Kent. Nobody dares to move it – so it just sits there, but in theory it could explode – and this is what Malcolm makes happen in the first Jordan Stryker book.




He went onto demonstrate a bionic hand (worth £10,000) and shook hands with a few lucky students before explaining where he got his ideas for Jordan Strykers other scientific / bionic abilities.

He had them gripped – in the palm of his hand (or the palm of his bionic hand!)



Lunch was a special World Book Day Menu which is an excellent way of raising the profile across the student population.


We’re still waiting for our WBD vouchers – but have oodles of the £1 books to swap -once they arrive and are shared out to students.


Staff Christmas Challenge

During the last week before the Christmas Holidays I set all Tutors a reading challenge.


Could they read a young adult book from the MRC over the Christmas Holidays which they could then talk to their tutor group about. (They didn’t have to like the book but they would need to be able to tell them what they didn’t like and why!)


They had three choices…


1. Tell me what genre you like to read and I’ll find something similar.

2. I can try and link the book in with your subject.

3. Opt for pot luck and I’ll issue you with something random.


I created a Reading Challenge bookmark for each option and as responses came in I wrote their name on these before heading to the shelves to pick a book. This was the most enjoyable part – picking the right book (hopefully) for each tutor. The next best thing was feeling like Father Christmas when I delivered books to pigeon holes around the Academy. The present a good book to read!


 33 tutors took up the challenge and as feedback comes in I’ll be creating a poster for each Tutor/Book containing the book cover and staff photo along with a quote. These can be displayed in the teachers class/tutor room and I’ll promote them on the Academy screens.

Original idea from SLN