Celebrations in the LRC

Who’s Who? In the LRC for World Book Day

As part of our World Book Day Celebrations Week we held a ‘Who’s Who? Quiz in the LRC – it was packed!

Students were challenged with

  • Facetime: Match the author photo to the name
  • Belongings: Which literary character did each item belong to?
  • Who Am I? Which literary character was being described?
  • Fancy That: Who were Library Staff dressed up as?

Our winning team were ‘The Experts’ with a strong score of 31/40.

Throughout World Book Day students were also treated to stories as part of our LarkREAD D.E.A.L (Drop Everything And Listen!) sessions.

This week we’ve also launched the National Book Tokens ‘Design a Book Token Competition’ and Tim Pears, local Author, has also offered to judge a 100 Word Short Story/Poem Competition with the theme of ‘The Weather’.

The ‘KS4/5 StarBOOK CAFÉ’ will be re-open in the LRC on Friday, a great opportunity for these year groups to share Young Adult (YA)/Older Readers fiction over tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits!

And finally all of our Year 7s will head out to St Helen and St Katharine School next week to attend an author talk by Tanya Landman (winner of the Carnegie Medal 2015).

All in all a bit of book related focus to celebrate World Book Day.

WBD GWR Newsreel

Larkmead join in with World Book Day’s Guinness World Record Attempt

42 students from across KS3 took part in a Guinness World Record attempt for the most people simultaneously participating in a literary quiz (across different venues!).

Our contribution helped the overall numbers to beat the current record of 2,679! All 10 teams enjoyed the quiz and were engaged throughout!

Well Done All!

In total over 6,000 students took part across the UK, smashing the record and you can read The Guardian article below.

Guardian Article - Book lovers smash quiz world record for World Book Day

What the Dickens?!

What a day! What a way to hear Dicken’s being read! The best storyteller I’ve ever seen & heard! And this is the feedback from our students!

Engaging, entertaining enthusiastic, effective, energetic, exactly what we envisaged to celebrate National Storytelling week here at Larkmead School.

Gerald Dickens, actor and gifted storyteller, was here in the LRC on Thursday 4th February, telling tales on his great great grandfather Charles Dickens.

Students were treated to a re-enactment of Charles Dicken’s life story, comedic gestures and references capturing the young audiences’ attention. To echo the New York Times; Gerald’s performance was “a once in a lifetime brush with literary history.”

Inspired by Charles’ own energetic readings of the 1860s, Gerald created his first one-man show, a theatrical performance of A Christmas Carol, in 1993. A fascination with the life and works of his great great grandfather led Gerald to write and direct further one-man shows. For the past 16 years Gerald has been committed to bringing his illustrious ancestor’s works vibrantly alive on stage here in the UK and America.

Gerald Dickens