Reading marathon is real page-turner

BOOKWORMS -- Holgate pupils Joe Sanders and Beth Turton taking part in the reading marathon -- DISPIC NHUD12-0436-1
BOOKWORMS -- Holgate pupils Joe Sanders and Beth Turton taking part in the reading marathon -- DISPIC NHUD12-0436-1

A HUCKNALL school lined up a real page-turner to mark World Book Day — a reading marathon.

Holgate Comprehensive encouraged its pupils to try and read as many books as possible in the days before the global event.

In turn, youngsters collected sponsorship from friends and family.

Some read one book, while others read three or more. Among the most popular titles were instalments of the Harry Potter series.

On World Book Day on Thursday last week (March 1), each teacher designed a poster for their classroom door detailing their favourite books or author.

A treasure-hunt style competition was held where students were tasked with collecting as much information from the doors as possible to win prizes.

The day’s finale was a literacy quiz.

The World Book Day celebration has become an annual highlight in the calendar at Holgate, which has specialist status in drama and the arts.

Heather Hawkins, learning resource-centre manager at the school, was one of the prime organisers of the event, in conjunction with teachers Tony Cullingworth and Suzanne Courtney.

“I was worried about how many pupils would get involved,” said Heather. “But there was a fantastic response and the children seemed genuinely excited about taking part.

“Hopefully, next year, we can continue the popularity and make things even bigger and better.”

World Book Day, which has been running for 15 years, is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading.

It’s the biggest initiative of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading and marked in more than 100 countries.