In a world in which there is such a heavy reliance on modern technology, and the children’s day-to-day learning is centred around the use of digital knowledge, Reading Week at St. Paul’s was a fantastic opportunity to go back to basics with a book. Although many of the activities took place online, pupils and staff were able to join together to share their love for literature.
Meet Up sessions across the Prep School came alive with the sound of turning pages, as many children revelled in the excitement of sharing their favourite book or character with their teacher and peers. Drop Everything And Read sessions were extremely popular with children getting into character on the final day of Reading Week. Dressed as their favourite character, children were able to share their own stories, inspired by the books they were reading.
Pupils were also presented with one last final surprise. Famous authors, including Katherine Rundell, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Andy Cope and Steve Skidmore, sent in messages and video posts to the children, to congratulate and celebrate their efforts during the week. All were incredibly inspiring, motivating and spreading a united message to the children: read, read and READ!
In the Senior School, Reading Week 2020 brought many activities. One of the most memorable campaigns was the six-word memoir competition. Since 2006, Larry Smith has been challenging people to describe their lives in six words, a form called the six-word memoir — a personal twist on the legendary six-word story attributed to Ernest Hemingway: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” He found that some of the most memorable six-word stories arise in the extremes — during our most challenging and most joyous moments. So, over the past several months, he asked adults and children around the country to use the form to make sense of this moment in history: one person, one story, and six words at a time.
You can find just a small selection of the creative compositions we received from our Senior School pupils below:
We congratulate all our pupils who engaged in our Reading Week this term. Well done!