Junior Alleynian 2023

BOOK WEEK 2023 Junior School Book Week 2023 – on the theme JOURNEYS

n Wow! Book Week was even bigger and better this year! For the first time – we had five author visits.

The first author, Stuart Foster, talked about his own hearing loss and inspiration for his new book Can you Feel the Noise ? Next was Richard Pickard, whose hilarious and intriguing The Peculiar Tale of Tentacle Boy , had pupils laughing so hard. On Wednesday, our authors were Patience Agbari whose book, The Circle Breakers, is a wonderful tale of time-travelling and neurodivergence and Iona Rangeley whose Einstein the Penguin book was warmly welcomed by Years 3 & 4. OA Jon Claydon and Tim Lawler brought The Stig solves a problem to life and their visit was enjoyed by the Year 5 & 6 boys. We were joined by Dulwich Wood and Rosemead School for our author visits, which is always lovely. And our Year 6 librarians and Year 4 book club enjoyed having lunch with the authors. The week started with three teachers reading from Journey- inspired books. Year 3 had their very own treasure hunt throughout the Junior School, and Years 4 and 6 visited the Archives to see Shakespeare’s first Folio (before it went on display to the public at the National Maritime Museum). Mid-week all pupils and teachers dressed up as their favourite book characters and we held a Charity Book Fayre with book- themed stalls, a competition ( Guess the number of pages in a book?) and a second-hand Book Sale. We raised a significant amount of money, which will go to buying books for a library in a school in Southwark. As usual our Creative Writing House Challenge brought many wonderful entries and the daily “Drop Everything and Read” was enjoyed by all.


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