Report by Ms van der Zwan
Celebrating World Book Day today has been a highlight for staff and pupils at MBS. From preparing books and decorations with our team of aspiring pupil librarians, to handing out free books to each student in Years 7-9, everyone joined in to make this an extra special event!
Owning a book of your own is a key factor in developing reading confidence, and celebrations like World Book Day play an important role in inspiring pupils and allowing the school to share interesting and accessible reading material with our pupils. Highlights included the ten-question quiz that was held in the library and the launch of our book shadowing promotion for the 'MBS Lollies' (The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards) run in collaboration with Scholastic.
Teachers read and enjoyed the World Book Day books with students in their lessons and also showcased the books they were reading on posters for their classroom doors. We are lucky to have a staff body who read so widely and regularly. Modelling reading is another factor in influencing young people to choose reading as a leisure activity. We encourage our parents/carers to do the same at home. Reading as a family is a wonderful way to expose our students to the wonders held between the pages of a book. As one of our colleagues quoted "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." George R. R. Martin
Places for the competition were limited and were quickly snapped up, as students signed up to read the four shortlisted titles in the Lollies 2023 awards. The Laugh Out Loud Book awards have been running since 2016 and this year's finalists are among some of the funniest so far. Students who have already tested the books report 'Freddy vs School' by Neill Cameron to be the frontrunner so far. Will it continue to be the favourite once all our budding readers have submitted their choices? Watch this space for updates...