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Students celebrate World Book Day

10 March 2009
Denbigh students had their heads buried in their books even more
than usual on Thursday 5th March as the whole school took part in a range of
activities to celebrate World Book Day.

World Book Day is a massive celebration of reading and books that takes place across the UK and Ireland that involves preschools, primary schools and secondary schools.
Denbigh students participated in a whole school reading session where every class across the school was reading, they designed book covers, took part in a poster competition to advertise a favourite book and wrote stories in different genres. There were also roving reporters armed with video cameras who interviewed fellow students and teachers about their favourite books.
Every pupil also received a 1 book token which can be used against a purchase at any participating book shop in the town or they can use it to collect one of six specially produced books that are available for a pound.
Denbigh student Egret Tamanikwa said I spent my earlier childhood years in Africa, where things were hard and education is not as good as it is here. I was told by my grandfather hupenyu uni nesta which basically means life is hard. I would need to work hard and that reading was the key to my future, nothing was going to be given to me on a plate and there was no point wasting my time. I listened to his advice and started to read more. In year 7 my English teacher told me that my English was not varied enough and that it would be good for me to read more. So I started reading more and authors like Benjamin Zephaniah, Malorie Blackman and JK Rowling. In year 9 I moved up to a level 6 and now in year 11 I am predicted to get a B in my English GCSE. I really enjoy reading now and it is helping me achieve better results.
Denbigh High School Associate Principal Daniel Connor said: World Book Day is a really important way of promoting reading. The ability to read well is such an important life skill. As well as being essential for the worlds of work and study, reading as a leisure activity can transport our imagination to undreamt of places. We want all our young people to be avid readers.