Literacy and a love of reading are always celebrated at Southbank and the campus libraries have once more this term provided students across the school with wonderful opportunities to celebrate books, reading and stories. During National Children’s Book Week and Poetry Day visiting authors, poets and illustrators spoke on a wide range of topics, including writing screenplays, writing a debut novel, world literature and top illustrators’ tips, whilst Westminster Principal Chris Greenhalgh delivered creative writing workshops. The primary students also had much fun choosing their favourite book character to dress up as. The interest that the various activities and visits generated amongst the students was immense; evidence for this came from one of our primary students who refused to go to bed until she had made her own mini book, complete with drawings, sentences and a proper story.
The school also ran a number of book fairs and additionally Westminster campus Grade 6 to Grade 12 students wholeheartedly embraced the annual Readathon (sponsored read), raising money to support CLIC Sargent, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, Readwell and Together for Short Lives. Preparations are already underway for our celebrations of World Book Day in March 2014
This term’s activity concluded with a festive fund-raising evening at Daunt Books where Southbank parents, students and staff could stock up their own collection or purchase gifts whilst enjoying a mince pie or two, in one of London’s most beautiful bookshops.