Outwood Academy Newbold took part in celebrating World Book Day getting involved in numerous activities, including a visit from a famous author and staff dressing up as their favourite book characters!
World Book Day 2019 celebrations began early at Outwood Academy Newbold with a visit from author and illustrator Dave Cousins on Wednesday 6th of March. Dave entertained the whole of Year 7 in a special assembly. Using a mixture of anecdotes, pictures and leaping about he explained that we all have a story to tell and if one ordinary bloke from Birmingham can achieve his childhood dream — anyone can! The students enjoyed the assembly with many queuing to talk to Dave at lunchtime, buying signed copies of his books, or borrowing them from the Library. One lucky Year 7 group had a dedicated workshop with Dave during their English lesson looking at developing ideas for stories. They produced some wonderful creative work.
The Academy invited Year 6 classes from two local feeder primary schools into the Library in the afternoon to meet Dave. This visit formed part of their ongoing primary transition programme and was a great way for the students to experience the Academy in a fun, informal way.
Finally Dave ran a Community event in the evening with over 30 students, parents and friends attending to enjoy a drawing workshop in the Library.
On World Book Day itself many of the Academy’s fantastic staff made the effort to dress up in an amazing array of book character costumes. The costumes provided an opportunity for some great conversations about books and reading. Staff also brought in their favourite books to compliment the World Book Day assembly which focused on reading for pleasure.
Academy Librarian Mrs Joanna Hill said ‘We are really proud of our reading culture here in the academy. Too often time given to reading for pleasure is compromised at secondary school but we try to ensure that our students have every opportunity to continue to enjoy fantastic books. It is so important for our students to meet inspirational authors like Dave Cousins who bring reading to life’.