One school community’s take on World Book Day 2014
Taylor High School staff and pupils have been very busy designing book covers for our World Book Day 2014 competition. Various departments, individual teachers and lunchtime clubs were involved in this wonderfully fun and artistic event. Pupils from across S1-S3 helped to brighten our already colourful corridors with their designs.
Designs for book covers either had to relate to their teacher’s subject, school or something they were studying. It was a great way to get the whole school community involved in celebrating literature and promoting literacy.
It was clear from the outset that running this type of activity would take some thought and planning. In order to get staff as passionate about this idea as myself, it was going to take more than an email. By simply visiting various departments and speaking to staff, the activity began to take shape. However, I did send one final email at the beginning of World Book Day week to finalise everything.
Some teachers undertook this activity as a group project, while others got pupils to individually create a poster to become one design. The response from both staff and pupils was great, as various departments got involved in this event.
The Art Department involved three of their S1 classes. Their commitment to this project was amazing and this really made both teacher and librarian proud. The focus of their design was ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Each class had a different interpretation of this classic book.
The Maths Department took a different approach when creating a book cover for the Murderous Maths series. One S3 class created a display by putting posters around their class door, while another class covered their door in their own personalised paper books to celebrate this book series.
A number of our lunchtime clubs were also involved, including the S1 Around the World Club, my own S1 Book Club and the S1 Euro Club. Books included ‘The Demon Dentist’ by David Walliams and ‘Toro, Toro’ by Michael Morpurgo.
Similarly, the English Department also created some amazing book covers with their S2 classes to celebrate ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak , ‘Catching Fire’ by Suzanne Collins, ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ by Roald Dahl, the Harry Potter series and Tam O’Shanter by Robert Burns.
There were three winning categories all picked by our lovely office staff. These included, the most creative, colourful and eco-friendly. However, as the designs were extremely good, I decided to choose another winner but asked our headteacher to choose. I was really glad that the final decision was not left up to myself.
An S3 Maths class won the most creative, an S1 Art class won the most colourful and an S1 Social Subjects class won the most eco-friendly and an S2 English class won the headteacher’s choice.
Well done and thanks to all staff and pupils who took part in this event. It was really wonderful to see how enthusiastic and industrious everyone was.
Look at the Scottish Book Trust Website to read a fuller account of our World Book Day event.