This year, the Senior School English department, in collaboration with the Junior School, have spearheaded a series of events and activities for World Book Day, aimed at fostering a love of reading and promoting literacy among our pupils aged 3-18. 

Our Nursery and Junior School pupils enjoyed a wonderful experience dressing up as their favourite book characters. From the cunning Fantastic Mr Fox to the iconic Harry Potter, there were some fantastic outfits on display throughout the day. 

Throughout the week, our Nursery and Junior School pupils had the opportunity to visit the travelling book fair held in the Junior School Library. S6 pupils added to the joyous atmosphere, as they offered guidance and assistance in selecting new stories for their younger peers. 

Building upon the resounding success of last year's World Book Day charity book sale, pupils from across the College were encouraged to bring in any books they no longer needed prior to World Book Day. P1-S6 pupils had the opportunity to choose a new book from the sale in the MacRobert Hall.

Miss England, Assistant Head of English, shared: “This year, we wished to share our love of reading with those in Nigeria, with the money raised in the book sale by the Senior School being donated to the RETECH Foundation. We launched a widespread campaign to our school community, who kindly donated an incredible amount of books.

“Any books that are remaining at the end of the week will also be donated to the charity and sent to their associated schools in Nigeria, supporting them in their efforts to improve children's education and promote life-long learning.”

The RETECH Foundation was set up by S6 pupil Runo and his father to improve education in Nigeria. 

The S1-S2 annual World Book Day quiz returned to the Senior School Library. It was a tense competition with some tough questions read out by quiz master Mr Clement. Congratulations to team ‘1B1 We Have Won’ who are this year's winners.

Speaking on World Book Day, Mr Clement, Head of Senior School Library highlighted: “On the occasion of World Book Day, we are reminded of the transformative power of literature. Books serve as windows into worlds both known and unknown, offering insights that transcend the boundaries of our immediate surroundings. They foster empathy, ignite creativity, and inspire a lifelong journey of learning and discovery. As we celebrate this day, let us recommit ourselves to promoting the joy of reading and the value of libraries as sanctuaries of knowledge and imagination. Let us encourage our pupils to explore the vast landscapes of literature and to find in books the friends, adventures, and wisdom that will accompany them throughout their lives. Happy World Book Day!”

Alongside our Primary Curriculum and specialist teaching classes, our Nursery to P7 pupils visit the dedicated Junior School Library every week. When pupils progress to the Senior School, they engage in twice monthly visits during one of the English class periods. The library is open each day from 8.30am – 4.30pm and during break and lunch time, accommodating up to 80 pupils at a time.

Pupils embrace the magic of storytelling in World Book Day celebrations