An Abundance of Words on World Book Day

Excitement was in the air as the much-anticipated, annual opportunity to indulge the boys’ love of reading through various means for World Book Day loomed.

The theme for this year’s event was to “dress as a word”, encouraging pupils and teachers alike to rummage through their existing wardrobes and use their imaginations, rather than buying new outfits for the occasion, in support of our focus on sustainability. This idea also allowed participants to please themselves with the level of dressing-up that suited them, and nobody disappointed. From ‘flamboyant,’ ‘distinguished’ and ‘gangster,’ through to ‘comfortable,’ uniform’ and ‘cosy,’ via ‘newspaper,’ ‘dictionary’ and ‘calculator,’ the ideas were very impressive, and boys and staff all enjoyed sharing them in an extended Form and House assembly time. Year 2 performed a brilliant assembly about collecting words for the rest of Pre-Prep, while the upper years enjoyed a book quiz and the opportunity for the older boys to read to the younger boys in small groups.


Bunting was also put up, displaying some excellent photos from the Half-Term ‘Extreme Reading’ challenge, in which boys showcased some of their most extreme reading spots…! Not forgetting of course, the highlight of the entire day which was a recording of a rap to Room on the Broom by the staff, although this may never be spoken of again(!). The day ended with a book fair at the Sainsbury’s Gate, run by Drake House in aid of Cancer Research. Books were donated by the Davenies community, who were encouraged to look through their bookshelves for books they no longer read that others might enjoy. Sales from the book fair raised over £200.

A huge thank you to all involved in the organisation and execution of World Book Day this year, and thank you to all the participants for their sense of fun and enthusiasm.

Mrs Prentice, Librarian


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