English: Bede's Goes Bonkers For Book Week


Bede’s Prep School went bonkers about books before half term, celebrating every genre – romance, humour, adventure, horror, fantasy and sci-fi.

The children threw themselves into the busy programme events which included visiting authors, treasure hunts, competitions and character costumes.

Early in the week, acclaimed children’s author William Hussey inspired Year 7 and 8 with spooky readings from his horror stories while Year 3 and 4 children were taken on a reading adventure with the successful travel writer and children’s author, Stephen Davies.


On Thursday, the children of Years 5 and 6 were then let into the ‘Seven Secrets of Story-Writing’ with the extremely charismatic Andy Clover, a BAFTA award-winning comic writer.

The competitions, cunningly created by our Head of English and Drama, Gail Brundle, had everyone flummoxed. For three days, the children scoured the school for a small unicorn, a magnifying glass and a miniature bunch of roses with daily clues given to get the grey cells working.

Toby Burdekin found the roses, Josh Swanepoel found the unicorn and Luke Burdekin found the magnifying glass with the help of Elise Sutherland; they then reaped their rewards at the Book Week Assembly on the Friday.


Every day also saw the Book Week board adorned with a new clue which helped to solve an anagram leading to the name of a character and book. This challenge was eventually won by Lilianna Jones in Year 8.

In addition, there were daily colouring competitions, crosswords, word searches - there really was something for everyone.

Many congratulations must go to Humreen Ellens from Year 3 and Kyle Willis from Year 7 who both wrote exceptional stories to win the Genre Writing Competition.


On Thursday, witches, explorers, aliens, water nymphs and an entire family of unicorns entered the building along with many other weird and wonderful creatures.

Some children had clearly thought outside the box too with one ingenious Year 8 wearing a sandwich board covered in jokes.

As ever, the children never failed to amaze us with their enthusiasm and imagination, and what was most apparent was that even our most reluctant of readers can be inspired to pick up a book - all you need to do is find that spark that ignites the flame. Long may we keep those literary fires burning!


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