Staff and pupils had a wonderful time producing an imaginative and inspiring short video to promote the joy of books and reading!
Pupils from all year groups were involved in the project which was designed to encourage and develop the pupils’ enjoyment of reading. Year 11 students composed the music, pupils and staff immersed themselves in the creativity of the event and dressed up and played characters from beloved books and the inventive pupils directed the filming and designed the sets.
The aim of the video was to promote literacy at Saint Paul’s and the pupils benefitted, not only from the experience of producing such creative footage, but also as the video was used to support literacy focused assemblies and classes.
“It was a fantastic event, there was a real buzz throughout the school, and pupils of all abilities and ages got involved,” explained Mr Chris Brett from Saint Paul’s. “Everyone, including both staff and pupils, was very positive and responded well to the creative opportunity. The video has subsequently had an extremely positive impact and has generated much interest around school and in the local community.”
“We have put together a number of initiatives to help our students not only understand the importance of reading but to also help them gain an interest and passion for reading,” commented Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “We must encourage our children to read for pleasure and this was a great way to capture their imaginations and spark their interest in books. Research shows that teenagers who choose to pick up a book for pleasure are more likely to succeed in life.”