World of make believe brought to life for World Book Day

Fairytales and famous books were brought to life when students and staff dressed as their favourite fictional characters to celebrate World Book Day.

Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, The Gruffalo, Little Red Riding Hood, an oompa-loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Cat in the Hat and My Little Pony were among the colourful characters who turned up to school as part of the festivities.

The annual World Book Day is a celebration of books, authors, illustrators and reading and aims to ignite imaginations and help students gain a life-long passion for reading.

In the run-up to the big day, Highfields hosted a book fair to encourage students to read for pleasure, which was a huge success.

School Librarian, Mrs N. Ward, said: "It was very well attended and there was a delightful buzz as staff and students from all year groups browsed the selection of titles on offer.

"It was very ably manned by a team of sixth formers and was a resounding success. Sales were excellent, with a wide variety of books bought. The school has benefited tremendously with free books from a percentage of the total sales made."

Mrs Ward said it was wonderful to see so many staff and students donning fancy dress in honour of their favourite book characters.

She added: "World Book Day arrived with a flurry of very imaginative costumes! Staff and Year 7 and 8 students were invited to dress up as characters from their favourite books and character-spotting became the order of the day! All in all, it was a very enjoyable and successful week of events."

Posted on March 4, 2016 .