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World Book Day

If you happened to be passing The Malling School on Thursday, 7th March, World Book Day, you may have spotted some larger than life book characters teaching lessons.  Alice in Wonderland was teaching PE, Miss Havisham English and none other than Super Ted Mathematics.  Jane Austen herself was seen walking the corridors reading her bible, whilst Miss Lizzie Bennett took charge of the school library for the day.  If you ventured as far as the school office, you would have been greeted by The Three Witches!

All the characters made a grand entrance at morning assembly when students experienced a Flash Mob, with staff and performing arts students bursting into a specially commissioned song for the day.  Heavily borrowed from the Glee song, ‘Don’t stop believing’, students sang along to The Malling School choir version, ‘Don’t stop Reading’!  Students at The Malling School are already avid readers, with some students notching up an incredible one million words read, or even more, in just one year.

Students took the literary characters in their stride as Years 7, 8 and 9 settled down for a day of creative writing tasks.  By the end of the day, each student had written a story or poem and every single one will be included in a book to be published shortly and made available to parents to purchase.

At break and lunch time the schools’ World Challenge Sixth Form students transformed the school library into a Reading Café, serving delicious cakes and hot chocolate as students enjoyed a good read.  This was so popular that the school is opening The Reading Café to parents and members of the public on two Saturdays this month, 16th and 23rd, 10am till 12.00 so that everyone can choose one of over 10,000 books available in the school library and also seek advice from school staff on how to encourage their children to develop a life-long love of reading.

Principal of The Malling School, Mr Carl Roberts, said: “World Book Day was very enjoyable this year.  There was a very positive atmosphere throughout the school.  I am grateful to those staff who helped make this such a successful and enjoyable day for the students.”