Caldicott fully immersed in all things books and reading on Thursday 2 March, as the boys took part in World Book Day.
All members of the school, including teachers, dressed up as their favourite literary character, with costumes including Where’s Wally, Professor Trelawney, the boy in the striped pyjamas, Harry Potter and Gandalf.
The school was also pleased to welcome two authors to speak to the boys during the day. Chris Riddell, Children’s Laureate and author of the “Deepwood Chronicles” delighted the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Forms with stories about writing and illustrating. Chris also used a visualizer to draw his responses to questions, provoking much joy and laughter from the boys. Chris Riddell is a favourite amongst many of the boys at Caldicott and they were thrilled when he stayed after school to speak to them.
Jon Robinson spoke to the 4th, 5th and 6th Form about his “Nowhere” series where the boys enjoyed listening about his experiences and taking away great inspiration for their own writing. 5th Form boys were also lucky to take part in a creative writing workshop as well.
Other activities included; classroom and boarding doors being decorated to represent a book cover or character, a doodle wall where boys and staff were able to write or draw a picture of their favourite book, and a sponsored “Readathon” for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Forms to take part in. The “Readathon” will help raise money for children’s hospitals to provide regular storyteller visits and new books for children to read.
Once again World Book Day at Caldicott was a fantastic day which has helped to encourage the boys to become more involved in reading and talking about books.
Librarian Anna Elson said “It was a fantastic day and everyone had lots of fun. It is such a fantastic way to promote and encourage a love of reading. My favourite day of the year!”