We are very keen to encourage reading and the joy of books at Saint Paul’s.
We have some extremely avid readers including Grace, Alexander, Phoenix, Melahear and Faye, who were recently recognised by the English Department in recognition of their dedication to reading.
Grace has read 4,174,942 words (the most in the whole school). Her reading list includes the Harry Potter series, The Diary of Wimpy Kid series, Kid Normal series, Jaqueline Wilson and David Walliams books.
Alex has read 1,694,630 words. His reading list includes the Harry Potter series, The Hunger games series and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Phoenix has read 1,210,607 words. He is a fan of Harry Potter and Diary of Wimpy Kid.
Melahear has read 826,129 words – she likes Pretty Little Liars and Jaqueline Wilson books.
Faye read 554,807 words and likes the Dork Diaries books, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Skellig and Wonder.
“We like to remind students and staff of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives,” explained Mrs Savova, Librarian. “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. We want to help students to develop a life-long love of reading. It is very important to instil in young people a need and desire to read.”
“We are enjoying promoting reading across the school and seeing the benefits and pleasures of this,” explained Mr Jamie Sharrock, English teacher. “We know that students who read, gain a greater understanding of the world in which they live, they learn to appreciate how writers use language for effect and they extend their repertoire of vocabulary.”
Mr Alex Hren, Head Teacher, said “The more students read, and the more challenging their reading is, the more successful they will become in all subject areas and ultimately in life. This has been well researched over the years.”