Wirral Grammar School for Girls celebrated World Book Day yesterday and the pupils really embraced the challenges and enjoyed a break from their computer screens, to use their imagination and creativity.
To celebrate, a number of challenges were set for the pupils at the Bebington school, including fancy dress, painting, and baking competitions.
Headteacher, Mrs Cogan was proud of the pupils and said, “What a fantastic success World Book Day was! I’d like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Smith and all the staff who made this work.
“The novel idea of the Masked Reader was brilliant, and the video the staff did for the opening of the day was so clever and really got it moving. Once again Wirral Grammar School for Girls has risen to the task of learning and enjoying themselves in this fun and interesting way.’
The Masked Reader – Teachers from across the school used a smartphone filter to create a recording of themselves reading from a book, disguised by a digital mask. The teachers’ voices were distorted so it was a difficult task for the pupils to identify which teacher that was reading. The pupils rose to the challenge and had fun guessing which teacher was behind the mask.
It’s been great to remember about books and their stories when technology is so prevalent. It’s been really good to be able to talk to people and escape the focus of covid.Year 8 pupils
Fancy dress competition – The teachers didn’t give much notice of the fancy dress competition in order to encourage the girls to recreate a book character from items they had at home, rather than buying a costume. Mrs Smith said, “We had dinosaurs and dwarves roaming the halls all day!”
It was really fun and exciting and good to get away from our computers with a change of scenery. We got to explore the creative side of reading, bringing our favourite quotes to life and dressing up as our favourite characters.Year 7 pupils
Paint a canvas of an inspirational quote from a book – The pupils at the school produced some awesome artwork of quotes from books that they found personally inspiring.
Bake a cake/biscuits with a book theme – Mrs Smith told us that this was a popular competition, with lots of entries!
We’ve loved making and editing our own film based on our favourite books. Mrs Johnson deserves an oscar for putting up with us all day. Mr Beswick has made it the most fun in school so far.Year 9 pupils
Walk Around The World – One interesting challenge was based on an ongoing school event, where pupils and staff are recording the miles they have walked.
For World Book Day, the pupils were challenged to listen to classic audio books whilst walking. In order to boost mental wellbeing and get some exercise, Wirral Grammar School for Girls are walking away those lockdown blues and have challenged themselves to cumulatively walk all 24,901 miles around the circumference of the Earth.
This started just prior to the February half-term break and by the end of the month they had broken the 8000 mile mark. This is the equivalent of walking all the way to Vietnam and represents walking one-third of the way through their target of walking around the world!
Maths teacher Mrs Richards, who has helped pupils to record their miles electronically says, “It’s fantastic to see the whole school community come together to strive for a common goal. This challenge is bringing everyone together and shows what can be achieved when we work as a team.”
Mrs Smith concluded on the enthusiasm of the pupils taking part in the World Book Day events by saying, “I have been so pleased how our pupils have engaged with today’s challenges. They have all had a wonderful day and have produced some incredible work, which really showcases their talent, imagination and creativity.”