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Literacy Day 2020

We had a fantastic Literacy Day this Monday, 2nd March 2020.  Every year we celebrate reading, writing and speaking in the week of World Book Day.  This year our day was themed; we were celebrating the natural world and our environment. 

We started our day with staff arriving in school in a fabulous range of fancy dress, from Wombles to dogs, foxes, sharks, spiders and bees, all inspired by books and stories.    

The assembly for Years 7 – 10 was a highlight, presented by four of our Literacy Leader team and featuring plenty of student performances.  Avi Librado and Grace Rasaqa, two of the winners of the Year 9 Poetry by Heart Competition, gave exciting renditions of “Remains” and “Bayonet Charge”. 

 The Wavell Writing Competition goes from strength to strength.  This year there were over 100 entries from students, judged by the Literacy Leader team and the English Prefects.  Our theme was “It’s A Wonderful World” and the range of stories was amazing – from dystopian futures to stories of human love and compassion.  The winners of the competition – Natalie Ng in Year 8 and Aidan Kearsey in Year 10 - read us their stories in the assembly. 

We also had poems submitted so we created an extra prize, which was awarded to Kaitlyn Bengtson in Year 8 for her powerful piece entitled “Did you think this would last?”  For the first time this year, staff also took part – Miss Walsh as runner up and Miss Mort as winner received their prizes. 

Read some of the winning entries here...

 Natalie Ng - KS3 Winner

 Aidan Kearsey - KS4 Winner

 Archie Smith - KS3 Runner-up

 Miss Mort - Staff Winner

 Miss Walsh - Staff runner-up

As always, our assembly celebrated the power of the spoken word; representing Youth Speaks, Sidney Robson and Alicia Seke gave rousing speeches on the natural world and our responsibilities.  Perhaps the most exciting moment in the whole assembly was when we got everyone on their feet, singing the iconic song, “What A Wonderful World”.

The focus stayed on books for the rest of the day with Stop and Read for all classes, the Landscapes in Literature competition for Art classes, and our eco-friendly Book Swap in the Library.  In our fancy dress competition, the Learning Support team took first prize with their hand-made outfits representing The Wombles and Mrs Cookson won the individual prize for her amazing parrot costume and face paint as part of the Science Team’s representation of David Attenborough’s book “Life On Earth”.

Our thanks to everyone who took part.  Keep on reading!