We took part World Book Day on Thursday 1 March 2018 with a brilliant house book quiz; a closely fought contest with Mark pipping Matthew to the trophy by one point!
Pre-Prep pupils came to school dressed as their favourite book character and brought with them a book featuring the character to share with their classmates. We had everything from Snow White to Hairy Maclary!
The 1 March also saw the start of the superb 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge run by education specialists Achievement for All. Children have been reading in school and at home every day and recording the number of minutes they have read for. They have been surprised how quickly the minutes fly by when enjoying books, magazines, comics and even reading comprehensions! The whole school enjoyed a lovely, tongue-twisting story from Miss Maiden as part of the Challenge. The Challenge concludes on Thursday 8 March.
Children are also taking part in Manchester Airport's Six Book Challenge. By the 16 April pupils need to have read six books and completed a line on the challenge grid which challenges them to do a range of activities such as 'reading under a blanket with a torch' or asking someone to read to them'. The bonus challenge is to read a book in an unusual place - one of our Year 6 pupils has completed this section by enjoying his book at Wembley Stadium!
Reading is also forming the basis for some of our school trips this month with pupils visiting several libraries including, the Portico, Manchester Central and the Heatons.
Headteacher Norah Johnson commented "We pride ourselves on being a school full of keen readers with all pupils from Pre-Prep to Year 6 enjoying some reading time in school and at home each day. Reading is the key that unlocks a world of education, understanding and pleasure. It is by far the most important skill in a child's quest for success and achievement in life. In an age of increasing internet popularity, there is a great danger that the power and importance of reading is being undervalued and is in decline. Now, more than ever, parents and teachers need to encourage children to become enthusiastic and capable readers. I am pleased to say that at Stella Maris teachers and parents work in partnership to ensure this is the case. The challenges, activities and trips that the children are taking part in help us keep reading at the forefront."