World Book Day is a key date in the College calendar and this year is no different with plenty of activity planned to mark the day. 

The anticipation of a non uniform day in Junior School has provided much excitement across our younger year groups. This year, Nursery children and Junior School pupils will attend school today wearing onesies and pyjamas. P3 will lead a World Book Day Assembly to the Junior School which will be shared as a video to all pupils. 

Sarah Webb, Head of Junior School said: “Whether in school or working at home, we are celebrating World Book Day. 

“All our children have been reading in different and interesting places. Our P1 children were reading their favourite books outside at Countesswells whilst enjoying outdoor learning. Our P3 classes led on our school assembly sharing their favourite books with everyone!”

During English lessons in Senior School, all pupils are participating in casual book discussions on recent reads along with short challenges and fun tasks including a World Book Day quiz for S1-S2 pupils and a book themed anagram competition for S3-S6. Pupils will also have the chance to boost House Points in an online after school quiz to tie off the day’s events. 

Teachers from across the Senior School have also put their spin on Jackanory by sharing videos of them reading extracts from their favourite books to test pupils through a “Guess the Novel” challenge. 

Mrs England, Teacher of English, said: “This year, the power, the joy and the magic of reading has meant more to me than ever before. When I have felt down, or lonely or bored, I have turned to the books from my childhood for comfort and laughter. When I have felt overwhelmed by the draining monotony of lockdown, I have turned to new books for some much-needed adventure. 

“When you are a reader, and all of us are, escape and freedom and excitement are tangible: we can hold them in our hands.  

“As we celebrate World Book Day this week, I don’t think it matters what we read, I think it matters why. Neil Gaiman said it best.  In a time when you have questions and no answers, or feel alone or as though you’ve fallen down every possible YouTube Rabbit-hole, there is a simple answer: “Read. Read anything. Read the things they say are good for you, and the things they claim are junk. You’ll find what you need to find. Just read.””

Put your knowledge to the test and see if you can figure out the book extract read by Mr Rencontre (Teacher of Art and Design) below.