The 20th anniversary of World Book Day brings Harry Potter to Thornton.
Thornton students’ love of literature is evident on a year-round basis. World Book Day, however, generated a new buzz in school as staff and teachers were invited to come to work dressed as a character from Harry Potter, while children were free to wear a costume depicting someone from one of their favourite books.
From Gangster Granny and The Cat in the Hat to Professor Umbridge (Mr Badiko in a purple dress) and Miss Waddell’s fabulous Bellatrix Lestrange, together we reminded ourselves how wonderful books are as we celebrated the imagination of so many different authors catering to so many different tastes and ages.
Throughout the day, activities revolved around books. In Maths, students created pie charts of their favourite Harry Potter figures, for example. In the Prep School, Literacy lessons saw students working in pairs to create comic strips combining two or more characters from different stories into one storyline.
To complement World Book Day, Miss Arratoon and Miss Ross also launched a readathon to both the Prep and Senior school. Until the end of the Lent term, students are encouraged to be sponsored to read to help very sick children. The money raised will go towards providing children’s hospitals with storyteller visitors and brand-new books on a regular basis so they, like us, won’t miss out on the magic of books and stories.