Have just been along to a fab event at Hazeley Academy school in my local area in the Costa del Keynes. Every half term they have a ‘DROP EVERYTHING AND READ DAY’. Gina Richardson, Director of Literacy at the school introduced the brilliant idea and this is the third one that they’ve had.
For an hour the entire school stop what they’re doing and read a book – pupils, teachers and admin staff all take part. And it’s proving to be a big hit.
‘We want to be known as the reading school,’ says Gina. ‘We already have an Accelerated Reading programme and this is a great extra.’
They certainly have a very busy library, run by Chartered Librarian, Anna Ardley. I was honoured to open the library some years ago now and Anna and I have remained firm friends ever since. They even stock my books for the sixth formers to read!
‘The children either bring in their own books or borrow one from the school library,’ says Anna. ‘After the day, they often then carry on to read the entire book. So it’s a good way to get pupils into the reading habit.’
I went along to the event this morning, had a lovely cup of tea and sat back to read a graphic novel that I’d picked up from the mobile library in Walsall on World Book Night. A welcome chance for me to sample something new.
The academy is twinned with Nangodi Junior High School in Ghana. Their headteacher visited recently and was so impressed that he took the idea back to start the event in his own country.
This is a fantastic idea and it would be great to see it rolled out to many more schools to create the reading addicts of the future!
C : ) xx