Festival celebrates excitement of reading and writing
Writing sports reports and reading to neighbours were among the highlights of a new Festival of Literacy launched in school this month.
The festival expanded our celebration of World Book Day (Thursday 2nd March). To prepare for the festival, each lunchtime students filled the library as they listened to ‘mystery readers’ sharing passages from their favourite stories.
The festival began with a Gothic Writing workshop, taking the theme of a Zombie Apocalypse, and led by students from the University of Manchester. More input from higher education featured on Wednesday as students from Manchester Metropolitan University lead a lesson in creating superhero comics.
And our author-in-residence Mark Wright worked with talented writers to inspire their creative storytelling.
Throughout the festival, students in Year 7 watched sports matches and PE lessons in school. In sports writing workshops they got first-hand experience of writing news reports to describe the games.
Chadderton Over 60s Centre on Broadway was the venue for a storytelling afternoon. Students will read their own creative writing to an appreciative audience of local residents.
Teacher of English Katrina Roman said, “Having celebrated World Book Day for several years, staff in the English Faculty wanted to expand the day to involve many more activities aimed at developing students’ love of reading and creative writing.”
Students have also been busy creating their entries for three national writing competitions, and also taking part in Readathon, an annual national event encouraging young people to read widely. The funds raised support children in hospital by providing books and storyteller visits.
The English faculty organised the festival in memory of a popular English teacher at the school, Charlotte Heggarty who sadly lost her fight against cancer in February 2015. A cake and book sale raised £396 for Springhill Hospice who cared for Charlotte.