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Marshland High School

Talking Books at Marshland

Competitions, activities and visits extended over the course of a week when Marshland High School marked World Book Day this year.

Students of all ages at our school participated in events around the annual celebration, which took place on Thursday 7 March.

Years 7, 8 and 9 took part in a book cover design competition and a task which challenged them to identify a reading member of staff. They also listened to a reading of The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant.

Others pitted their wits in the National Literacy Trust’s National Reading Champions Quiz, which the school had entered for the first time.

Literary visitors to Marshland over the week included journalist and sports reporter Gavin Caney, who gave a talk on his work and careers in journalism and marketing, and Marie Tierney, author of the critically acclaimed Deadly Animals, who spoke about the writing process and her experience of being published.

The week came to a close with ‘Following the Story’, where students across the school were given extracts from short stories to piece together during the course of the day.

“World Book Day is a great opportunity to spend time celebrating reading, and its importance not just in our education but the rest of our lives,” said Joe Clark, teacher at Marshland, which is part of the West Norfolk Academies Trust.

“Everyone is able to get involved, engage in new activities, and have fun.”