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World Book Day Celebrations at Surval

Posted on: 24th April 2018 | Category: Special events

As part of the International World Book Day on 23 April at Surval, students and staff were invited to dress up as a character from one of their favourite books – a snapshot of the results offers a glimpse into the power of a novel. Daisy Buchanan drifted into assembly in a shimmer of sparkles topped off with a snow-white feather boa – dip into Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and it’s a plane ticket to the turquoise shores of Long Island, a time travel journey to the gloriously hedonistic Jazz Age, and an invitation to the best party you’ll ever go to. One of our Foundation Year students strode into the library purposefully, dressed in black, with a French flag hitched patriotically to her waist: pick up Victor Hugo’s masterpiece and you’ll be plunged into early 19th century Paris and the heroic struggles of the revolutionary Les Misérables. Books aren’t bound by the rules of reality either: a certain French teacher donned a red hooded cloak, and instead of dutifully visiting her sick Grandmamma, came to our WBD assembly instead. (Happily, a “huffing, puffing” wolf has yet to appear…)

The old cliché dictates that a picture is worth a thousand words. Perhaps – but a book contains at least a thousand pictures – all conjured up by the magic of one human imagination connecting with another. And in our World Book Day assembly, we were lucky enough to see that magic come to life – Surval’s Artist-in-Residence, Laura Mochrie, a published children’s illustrator, shared some of her own artwork; her impossibly intricate illustrations are a fascinating insight into the way words on a page transform into compelling, unforgettable images in the mind. In Ms Mochrie’s classes, as part of our WBD celebrations, the Surval girls pencilled up some magic of their own – designing new covers or illustrations for either a favourite book, or, in an academic cross-curricular project, one of their set texts for their IGCSE Literature. One G10 student’s powerful image of the tortured face of a King, scorpions crawling from his crown, is a rendering of Shakespeare’s tragic hero Macbeth that would surely get a thumbs up from The Bard himself – the literary genius whose date of death, April 23rd 1616, is the reason we celebrate World Book Day on this day.

Read Kate Macleod's (Teacher of English) blog on the celebrations of World Book Day "Once upon a time..When Daisy Buchanan came to Assembly" here

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