08 Mar Celebrating World Book Day : 4th March
This year’s World Book Day for Arrow Vale was going to have to be different than ever before! With students completing work remotely from home, we were going to have a real challenge to help promote reading and inject some fun, laughter, and creativity for this year’s World Book Day.
After much deliberation we settled on launching ‘RSA Academy Arrow Vale’s Masked Reader’ for all staff and students to participate with. Students were played audio clips of staff members who had ‘masked’ their identities whilst reading extracts from their own chosen books. Over the week, students then had to listen to the voice and use the clues presented to them to submit educated guesses. Staff were also encouraged to submit their guesses and there was a wonderful buzz of excitement throughout the staff body of which Masked Reader could be which staff member…
There were over 200+ submissions every day and after much whittling down of the answers, there was only one student across all the participants that managed to guess all five Masked Readers correctly! Cailen, we congratulate you on this huge achievement.
‘The Masked Reader Reveal was a great success and students, and staff alike were incredibly enthusiastic, involved and a little dumb-founded by some of the staff reveals! There had been a brilliant buzz leading up to the reveal on the Friday and so it was a great atmosphere around the school when students were finally given the answers that they’d been asking for all week…
Mrs Noble (who was the Duck!) went on to say: ‘ taking part…it was fun…a bit of a laugh during lockdown which is what we need’ and Ms Kkama (The Dragon!) added: ‘I was absolutely delighted to be a part of this joyful World Book Day celebration. It has been uplifting for both staff and students. So many students have spoken to me about my
entry and choice of book, it has been a pleasure to engage in discussions about reading during break and lunch duties in particular. Thank you to Miss Gretton for organising and for spreading the joy of reading.’
Staff who didn’t participate spent the following days amazed by the revelations and students were very invested in the end outcome. Mrs Yeomans (Assistant Principal) stated: ‘My students were so engaged wanting to find out who each reader was! The reaction from the students after the reveal was amazing!’
A huge thank you to the staff who helped make this happen and with a reaction like these I hope to be able to bring the buzz back to reading again next year.
On top of this, staff, students, and parents/carers were given the opportunity to send in a submission to our ‘Storybook Scene’ competition, where they were encouraged to use materials around the house to create a storybook scene. Please see attached the winning staff submission from Miss K. Glover and the winning student jam jar scene created by Fizz in Year 9! As you can see, there is time, effort, creativity, and plenty of magic been put into these wonderful entries. Congratulations both!
Above by Fizz (Year 9)
Above by Miss Glover
I’d like to say a huge thank you to all staff, students and parents/carers who helped make this year’s World Book Day one to remember.
We look forward to seeing what other wonderful reading challenges we can launch over the year and look forward to yet another exciting World Book Day in 2022!
Miss Gretton (Literacy & Reading Co-Ordinator)