World Book Day 2019
World Book Day was celebrated at Roedean with an extravaganza of literary events held throughout the week.
What a week! The week of literary themed events started with the Harry Potter Quiz on Monday. Eight teachers and four students volunteered to test their Harry Potter knowledge in front of a packed audience. After being sorted by a custom-made sorting hat into either Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin, the quiz began. The audience were encouraged to join in, and the teams were quizzed on a range of subjects, from the founders of Hogwarts to the translation and definition of “Poufsouffle”. Every team was enthusiastic and diligent (apart from Slytherin, of course, who nearly got minus points for complaining so much), but in the end it was Ravenclaw who pulled through, just ahead of Gryffindor. They were presented with the Triwizard Cup, a round of applause, and more quiz questions, which were challenging even for the most dedicated of Potter fans.
On Tuesday, the Library was transformed into the Alice in Wonderland Tea Party, complete with EAT ME cupcakes and flamingo meringues – many thanks must go to our incredible catering team, and the students and teachers were in absolute awe of the talent, time and effort on show.
On Wednesday, we hosted the wonderfully inspiring Katie Webber, the author of Wing Jones and Only Love Can Break Your Heart. Katie kindly came in and gave an empowering presentation on her books and her life. Her advice wasn’t just aimed at aspiring authors, but at anyone who wants to pursue their passions. It was wonderful hearing how such an incredible author followed her dreams, despite one hundred and twenty rejections from various literary agents and publishing companies, and how anyone can do the same.
Thursday was the big event, Dress as your Favourite Book Character for World Book Day, and the library was transformed into a huge model catwalk. Over 20 Year 3s from St Mark’s joined us, as well as the super author Carina Axelsson – who also gave insightful workshops on Crime for Year 8 and Female Empowerment for Year 7.
Last but not least, on Friday Year 7 and 8 took part in the Fabulously Feisty Fictional Female Challenge, creating their very own fictional females through a number of timed challenge tasks.
Overall it was a wonderful week, and many thanks to all the staff and students who participated.