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Page-Turners: Explore New Genres, Inspire Others, Instil Happiness

28 January 2021


On Wednesday 3 February at 1330, we have a very special assembly, with the whole school attending, and all parents invited! We will be meeting the girls of Dusty Yak, a Nepalese orphanage which we are teaming up with this year for our 2021 Readathon. Our Charity Committee have chosen to work alongside Dusty Yak because of their amazing work giving children the childhood they deserve, as well as the fact that the founders, Lou and Matt Hurley, are members of the Caldicott community. If you would like to learn more about Dusty Yak before the assembly, here is their most recent Newsletter, 'The Dusty Scoop'.

During the Wednesday assembly, as well as getting the opportunity to meet the girls at the orphanage, we will hear more about Dusty Yak and how by sharing our love of reading we can help less fortunate children. Throughout the course of Page-Turners, boys will be invited to record themselves reading chapters of The Night Bus Hero by Onjali Q Rauf; an incredible story exploring themes of kindness, friendship and changing for the good. The girls at Dusty Yak will also be reading the book, meaning our boys will be able to help them with their proficiency of spoken English – a vital skill that will provide them more opportunities growing up. The first chapter will be read during the assembly by Mr Evans, JH (6F) and one of the girls.

The challenge Page-Turners is presenting to the boys is to read as many books, from as many different genres, as possible between Monday 1 February – Thursday 4 March. Which books the boys read is up to them, but Mr Evans has an age appropriate book list that may be of help. The boys will be relying on their friends and family to sponsor their reading efforts, with sponsorship for each book they read or a one-off donation (alternatively a donation can be made directly to the charity, or added on to the end of term bill) with all money going to Dusty Yak. The boys will all receive a sponsorship form, with donations also accepted on our Just Giving Page (for online donations, please include the first initial, surname and year group of the boy you are sponsoring).

The boys can, of course, win prizes for their performance in the Readathon; reading the most pages, reading the widest breadth of genres, and creating engaging, creative virtual book reviews are all ways to earn these prizes. Every boy that creates a book review will receive a plus, with ‘Superstars’ and ‘Highly Commendeds’ also being awarded for the best contribution!

With it being Children’s Mental Health Week next week, we want the whole Caldicott community to get involved with Page-Turners – reading is a great way to reduce stress, maintain mindfulness and take some much needed time away from screens. To that end, we will be hosting a one-off ‘book club’ for adults on Wednesday 3 March from 1900-2000; the chosen book is War Doctor by David Nott and we look forward to catching up with you, drink of choice in hand, then.

Promoting reading is a key objective for the English Department: it increases academic potential across the school curriculum. While many boys are reaping the rewards of regularly reading for pleasure, Page-Turners offers boys the chance to be recognised and rewarded for their reading. It also allows further opportunities for boys to discuss with each other what they are reading and inspire each other to explore new authors and genres, while doing it for a commendable cause.


Ma'am Duncan with both books for the Readathon!