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World Book Day 2020

05 March 2020


Caldicott fully immersed in all things books and reading this week, as the boys took part in World Book Day and launched a very special Sponsored Readathon, 'Read For Ruth' in aid of the Ruth Strauss Foundation.


All members of the school community, including teachers, dressed up as their favourite literary character, with costumes including Where’s Wally, Paddington Bear, Tin Tin, and even Hercule Poirot making an appearance.

The costumes were fantastic, with lots of imagination and hard work gone into the planning of them. To celebrate their creativity, the English Department picked eight ‘Best Dressed’ winners, they were:

  • Felix T (Year 7) as the BFG
  • Ben S (Year 7) as Alice in Wonderland
  • Archie M (Year 7) as Ready Player 1
  • Luca HD (Year 7) as the God Neptune from Percy Jackson
  • Jack C (Year 7) as Gandalf
  • Toby P (Year 4) as the Wimpy Kid
  • James M (Year 4) as Willy Wonka
  • Wilf S (Year 5) as Crayon from The Day the Crayons went on Strike

The school was also pleased to welcome author Ali Sparkes who entertained the boys with stories from her childhood, how and why she became an author and about the stories she has written. Sparkes’ books include The Shapeshifter series of five books, Unleashed, a series of six books, Dark Summer and Destination Earth. Her debut book The Shapeshifter: Finding the Fox was nominated for the 2007 Bolton Children's Book Award. She has also won two Blue Peter Book Awards: 'Book I Couldn't Put Down' and 'Book of The Year', for her novel Frozen in Time. She was truly an inspirational figure for the boys to meet.

World Book Day saw the launch of the Caldicott Sponsored Readathon: Read for Ruth. Ali Sparkes started the initiative by reading some chapters from one of her books at lunch time to all boys. They will continue to listen to the audio book every Monday and Friday for 10 minutes in a readaxation session.

For the readathon, all boys in the school have been asked to read as many books as they can between Monday 2 March – Thursday 23 April. They will be asking their friends and family to sponsor their reading efforts, with all funds raised going directly to the Ruth Strauss Foundation: the School’s charity of the year. Alongside the readathon, the boys will also be competing to win prizes for reading ‘the height in books’ of some of the most beloved fictional characters.

Once again, World Book Day at Caldicott was fantastic. The day greatly helps to encourage boys to become more involved in their reading and talking about books.


World Book Day at Caldicott