Last week, Surbiton High Boys’ Prep School celebrated World Book Day Week. Throughout the week, the boys had lots of opportunities to share their favourite stories or listen to their teachers read their favourite book. This year is a special year, as it celebrated 25 years of World Book Day. This year’s theme was #IAmAReader, which celebrated the reader in everyone, as reading for pleasure makes such a huge contribution not only to our education, but our overall happiness.
As part of our celebrations, we ran our Awesome Books competition, which challenged the boys to represent a book in a unique way. We were blown away by the phenomenal entries. Our winning entries included a Mandrake made by Finley, Narnia in a shoebox made by Alexander and Kensuke’s Kingdom in a shoebox made by Rhys. Well done to all the boys who participated.
On Thursday 3 March, we were delighted to have the whole School back together for our annual World Book Day parade. Class by class the boys paraded their costumes. We were so impressed by the variety of costumes celebrating so many different characters from Zog and Harry Potter to Thing 1 and Thing 2. Well done to the boys who won prizes for their costume efforts: Eli for his colourful Elmer costume, Leo for his vivid Skellig costume and Ralph for his remarkable Twits costume.
During World Book Day Week, we also ran a book drive to collect books for the Children’s Book Project. It is a wonderful charity which aims to tackle book poverty, with the aim of giving every child the opportunity to own their own book. They work closely with women’s groups, children’s centres and schools to gift gently-used books to children across London and Oxfordshire. The vast majority of books come from families who are happy to find new homes for the books that their children have grown out of. Thank you to everyone who donated books, which have now gone on to the Children’s Book Project.
It has been a privilege to have a special week to share our love of reading and we hope that you will find some time to discuss your favourite book with your son or snuggle up together for some story time.
Mrs C Johnston
Head of English
As part of our celebration of World Book Day, the Girls’ and Boys’ Preps were pleased to take part in a Book Drive in support of the London Book Project. This incredible charity distributes good quality donated books to over 250,000 children across London and the UK each year. Books are sorted by a dedicated team of volunteers at their warehouse before being distributed to schools, refuges and refugee centres where children have very few books of their own. This year, the charity has also set up their own book shop housing some of their donated books on site, where children from local schools are given a voucher to come and spend on a book of their choice, giving them a real ‘book-buying’ experience. Thanks to the generosity of Prep parents, we were able to take over 600 books in excellent condition to be loved and appreciated by their new owners, on the next step of their journey. We look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come.
We are so proud of this initiative supported by Prep school parents.