Last week, the English department were proud to lead several literacy-themed events across the school to celebrate World Book Day. Firstly, students contributed to a collaborative display by adorning leaves with their favourite novels. The leaves were collated and formed The Friary ‘Literature tree’, now on display outside the library. The library also ran their own creative competition for students to merge art with literature, recreating famous book covers. Students took part in a poetry competition, focussed on the theme of time; we had a number of excellent entries, and the winner will be announced later this week!  

Staff members in the English department took to The Friary Instagram page to share extracts from their favourite novels and Friday saw Mr Daniels and Mrs Plested take members of Johnson House down to the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum for their own guided tour. 

There were two more surprises at the end of the week: firstly, Hogwarts came to W corridor for one day only, with students’ favourite teachers transforming into portraits fit for the Great Hall. Secondly, The Friary School staff dressed up as their favourite book characters, making for quite the unique day!

Simon Daniels, Head of English, said: ‘It was fantastic to be able to celebrate the World Book Day theme week in school this year and the enthusiasm demonstrated by the pupils for all the activities was superb. Both the joy and importance of reading was paramount across the whole week and the students’ faces on Friday for the fancy dress and Hogwarts decorations was a sight to behold.”