We recently celebrated Book Week at Montsaye Academy. A wide range of activities took place to promote reading and to encourage discussions about books, with teachers displaying posters on their classroom doors depicting quotations from their favourite books. During DEAR (Drop Everything and Read), tutors read a short story to their groups or read excerpts from their favourite books.
We held a ‘Big Brother’ style author eviction competition where students and staff voted out different authors until we were left with one winner - J. K. Rowling and a runner-up - Roald Dahl.
Students were invited to select a free book which had been wrapped up and had only the first sentence of the book on the outside, in the “Don’t judge a book by its cover” competition.
The winner of the “Who am I?” author treasure hunt around the Learning Resource Centre was Rosie L. and the popular “Design a Manga character” competition was won by Giselle S. with Kylen A. and Shannon F. joint runners up.
The highlight of the week was a visit from author and screenwriter, Andy Briggs. Andy spoke to our Year 7 students about the process of writing for books, graphic novels and films. He also held workshops for Year 10 and Year 11 students and a workshop for our media students, on how to pitch an idea.
Thank you to Miss Pelican’s Shakespeare Company who ran competitions during lunchtime all week, including a book-stacking competition to raise money for their next Shakespeare production. Thank you also to all of the students and staff who took part or donated books and prizes and to my colleagues in the English department for supporting the event.
Mandy Lantz - Librarian