The focus this year was on World Book Day being truly international. During assembly, students from the ‘Amnesty Group’ explained why we should be constantly grateful that we live in a safe environment, when so many students across the world are not so fortunate.
Half of this year’s collection from the MUFTI day will be sent to our sister school, the Crane Academy in Kenya. Miss Bevan gave a talk on the difficulties faced by the students there, and how every penny we donate can sponsor their education, provide much-needed books and resources or just make life a little easier for them.
This year, three of our teachers are taking sabbaticals and travelling to Kenya to see the Crane Academy in action. At lunchtime, we joined the Crane in a discussion about the books we like to read. They do not yet have the technology to Skype or Facetime, but we arranged to be doing exactly the same thing at the same time. Lots of questions were asked, for the teachers who are travelling to Africa to take with them. We are looking forward to hearing the answers from the Crane on their return.
After lunch, Year 7 were treated to a talk and creative writing session by the author, Carmen Henderson, who read from her book “Backjump” and passed on some of her secrets for writing tense and exciting fiction. (A reminder to Year 7, if you would like to enter a story about your character in a dangerous situation, you have until 31st March to hand the finished writing to Mrs Manners. These will then be judged by Carmen, and awarded prizes.)
Special thanks to all of those pupils, and staff, who dressed as book characters for the day. There were some very colourful costumes and imaginative use of fake blood! (Lady MacBeth and Catniss Everdreen to mention just two!) All in all, a very thoughtful and successful day, which helped us realise how lucky we are to have freedom of speech and the written word, and easy access to books and information. As a result, we have been able to donate to both the Crane Academy and the Cambodia project. A quote from A.A. Milne aptly sums up the day, “Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude”.