World Book Day in Junior House

The focus for our blog this Half Term is World Book Day. This has always been enjoyed by Junior House and this year has been no different, with all the Junior House girls making the most of the opportunity to get dressed up and talk about their favourite books and characters.

One popular choice this year was ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll, with both pupils and staff keen to showcase the fun and eccentricity of this story. Even Mrs Hawkins got involved with a fantastic costume and interactive tea party display.

It’s always tea time’ – Mad Hatter, Lewis Carroll

Some of the reasons why Junior House think ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is such a great book:

“It is about a girl who stood up to people who thought she was using her imagination but really was telling the truth- Alice is a very strong character” Nieve

“It is a special, crazy book and we loved the range of costumes it offered our group, I dressed as the milk in the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!” Sanchia

Another favourite was ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl; a book that is also full of colourful characters and an exciting imaginative and whimsical storyline.

‘I’ve heard tell that what you imagine sometimes comes true’ – Grandpa Joe, Roald Dahl

Our favourite bits from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’:

“My favourite part is when Charlie gets the golden ticket! Or when Violet turns into a giant blueberry!” Theodora

When Verruca Salt gets taken by the squirrels is my favourite part, as it is really funny!” Amelia

There are so many books and characters to choose from, and some of the other books represented on the day included ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Sherlock Holmes Mysteries’, ‘Matilda’, ‘Billionaire Boy’ and even ‘Clytaemnestra’ from Greek mythology.

Some of our favourite books and characters:

“I love Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games trilogy, as she is empowering and unstoppable as she stands up to what she believes in.” Elizabeth

“The Sherlock Holmes books are some of my favourite books as he is an amazing detective and can solve every crime! The books are thrilling and lead me to an ending that I never expect.” Lydia

“When I was reading Clytemnestra, I found a very interesting character because despite the gender stereotypes at the time she was able to become a powerful character” Persephone

“My favourite book is a Good Girls Guide to Murder because it’s full of tension, suspense and mystery.” Martha

Books and reading are an important part of life in Junior House. Our well stocked House Library is a haven, its shelves overflowing with novels, biographies and adventure stories. It is a perfect place to curl up with a good book. The library is constantly evolving, thanks to suggestions from the girls and School’s brilliant librarians. This ensures a diverse and up-to-date collection. Books open doors to limitless knowledge and experiences. Escaping into a fantastical world with a well-worn copy of a favourite book provides a break from the day’s activities. Books are also a great conversation starter, and a shared love of literature can help to foster new friendships. Lively debates about books can often be heard at mealtimes and in our evening catch-ups.

To round off the second half of the Spring Term and linked to our love of the book, all the Junior House pupils and staff were able to enjoy a ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ themed evening, as our House Innings. This included a karaoke disco in Seniors Hall and a showing of ‘Wonka’ the movie in ARH, complete with a goody bag of sweets and a golden ticket.

We are all looking forward to the Summer Term and all it has to offer.