Staff and pupils took part in a “Drop Everything and Read” Day, a great way to get everyone in school reading!
The whole school had to stop what they were doing so in PE, Science, Art, Reception, the office staff, dining room, everywhere, the whole school stopped and read for 30 minutes.
The aim of the day was to encourage and develop the pupils’ enjoyment of reading. The pupils could bring in their own books or borrow a book from the school library where there were many award winning books to choose from ranging from chillers and thrillers to war stories, drama and comedy.
“The celebration of reading was designed to remind pupils and staff of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives,” explained Mrs Irena Savova, Librarian, from Saint Paul’s. “We want people to make reading a regular part of their routine . . . whether they’re reading solo or together with their classmates, parents, or friends. The event was designed to help pupils to develop a life-long love of reading. The pupils could borrow books from the library where the titles are carefully chosen to reflect all tastes and abilities. It is very important to instill in young people a need and desire to read. Research shows that teenagers who choose to pick up a book for pleasure are more likely to succeed in life.”
“To highlight the importance of reading in our school community and encourage our pupils to read for pleasure, we told our pupils and staff to take 30 minutes to put aside all distractions and enjoy books together,” said Acting Headteacher, Miss Tina Wilkinson. “The event was very successful with some pupils complaining when the 30 minutes were over we certainly sparked their enthusiasm for reading and books.”