World Book Day 2017

Thursday March 2nd 2017 was this year’s World Book Day, and to celebrate 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone St Cuthbert Mayne School had a Harry Potter theme.

There was a cake competition open to all year groups. Prizes were on offer for students who created the tastiest, most magical and exciting cakes. There was also Where’s Dobby? competition – students who found him were entered into a draw to win a mini house elf.

The library was magically transformed into Hogwarts to celebrate students, from years 7, 8 and 9, for achieving their Accelerated Reader target and for being Word Millionaire readers.  Library staff cast their magic spell on the library to make it into the famed school from the Harry Potter books. Props were made including wands, boxes which were filled with Bertie Botts’ Every Flavour Beans, and old jars filled with potions. There were very scary Dementors around to trouble the many dressed up characters from J.K. Rowling’s wonderful books.  The Wizards’ Fancy Dress photo booth was open all day for students to strike a pose.

For the Hogwarts’ grand feast, students had enjoyed Hogwarts inspired dishes and drinks such as golden snitch cake pops, cauldron cupcakes, butter beer and many more.

All the months of planning and hard work have fully paid off. We were so proud to see the reactions of the students…they absolutely loved it!

This is the third year there has been a whole school theme for World Book Day – previous years have included Alice in Wonderland and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

This annual celebration of reading has become an important tradition at St Cuthbert Mayne School.  Whilst being great fun, it reminds also the whole school of the huge pleasure that can be gained from reading. Our main aim was to enhance the learning of the students by being excited about reading.

A very big thank you to WH Smith for kindly donating book tokens for the prizes.