World Book Day Celebrations

Highlights from our World Book Day celebrations on Thursday 2 March 2023.

12 March 2023

With our commitment to inspire a love of reading in every pupil at Downe House, it is no wonder that World Book Day is one of our favourite dates in the calendar!

This year, our enthusiastic English Department, Library team and Literary Seniors organised fantastic events which had the whole School community showing off their love of literature.

The Murray Centre held an array of literary-themed puzzles, including a scavenger hunt around the building, and a quiz to guess famous book titles hidden in puns made from sweet treats.

There was also a book exchange to peruse, where girls could swap a book they brought along for a new one of their choice.

Meanwhile, much excitement was had all across the school grounds, as girls raced to find hidden mystery books which, once found, could be unwrapped to reveal a book to take home.

Our Catering Department pulled out all the stops with dishes such as a ‘Green Eggs and Ham salad’ and ‘Bruce Bogtrotter’s Chocolate Cake’ to deliver a delightful Literary Lunch.

Following this, our Lower School pupils gathered to hear Mrs Boswell and Mr Owen, from the English Department, read aloud from their favourite children’s stories which was truly magical.

For the afternoon, we handed over to author Sara Grant, who ran inspiring workshops on creative writing. Sara then inspired the Lower School in the evening, showing them how they could all come up with amazing ideas for writing.

Alongside this year’s World Book Day celebrations, we held a book drive to collect children’s books for charity. Working with the Children’s Book Project, we were able to donate 400 books to a local primary school, St. Joseph’s, in Newbury.

Thank you to Mrs Hill and Jocelyn (LVI) for organising the book drive, and thank you to everyone in the Downe House community who donated their pre-loved children’s stories. The books will be used to create new classroom libraries and to start a collection for families to borrow from.

You can watch a video round-up of this fantastic day here. We are already looking forward to next year!

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