On Thursday 7th March, Northgate joined in with the National World Book Day and there were lots of activities for students to get involved in to celebrate books and reading.

To tie in with this year’s World Book Day theme of ‘Share a Story’, tutors and students all read ‘A Lamb to the Slaughter’ by Roald Dahl during Part, to reiterate our ERIN (Everybody Reads in Northgate) scheme. Mr Lea even read to Year 8 during their assembly.

Year 7 pupils were invited to dress up as fictional characters and there was a large variety of costumes. The staff of the English department came together to pick a best costume, which went to Ella for her Gangsta Granny outfit. But it wasn’t just our Year 7’s who got involved in dressing up, some of the staff did too! 

Tutor groups were also invited to get creative, and design a book door. There were some fabulous entries, and it was a very difficult decision to pick a winner. Congratulations to 8HM whose ‘Room on the Broom’ themed door was chosen as our winner.

Year 7 and 8 students have also been given the chance to get involved in a World Book Day competition and design their own World Book Token. Within their Art lessons they have been able to get creative and come up with their own design which will be entered into the national competition. However, we also decided to pick our own school design winner, which will be announced at the end of March.

We decided that as part of our celebrations we wanted to find out what Northgate’s favourite book was. We compiled a list of the most commonly borrowed books from the Learning Hub this year, and all students had the opportunity to vote for their favourite or add a suggestion of their own. It was a very close vote, with only one vote between first and second choice, but Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets came out on top, with David Walliam’s Ratburger in second place, and Tom Gates and Diary of a Wimpy Kid in third.

Thank you and well done to all pupils and staff for their fantastic World Book Day efforts. We can’t wait for next year!

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