Our annual Swans School Book Week is always an excellent way to end the spring term! This year was jam-packed with even more activities than on any previous occasion...
Every morning, tutor groups listened to the audiobook of Oscar Wilde’s classic tale The Canterville Ghost.
We enjoyed a new take on the Word of the Day challenge – the Teachers’ Secret Mission. The word was revealed each morning, only to the teachers, who then had to use it a few times a lesson, just enough to get noticed (without being too obvious!). Positive comments were awarded to the first 3 correct guessers.
Despite the additional challenges posed by COVID, the Book Swap was more successful than ever before! More than a hundred students from Years 6-10 participated, and went home with armfuls of books to enjoy. It was such a success that we’re looking at ways to continue book swapping year-round, as long as we can find a way to make it work safely within restrictions.
Well done to class 6PF, who won the spring term Accelerated Reader competition, and celebrated victory with chocolate cake, popcorn and music.
The week ended with an assembly that featured the nail-biting grand final of the Spelling Bee via Google Meet (a first!), so as not to mix bubbles. The standard was so incredibly high that it was almost impossible to separate our champion wordsmiths, but in the end the top three were Elias (Y11), Abby (Y12) and Elizabeth (Y11) - the eventual winner. We celebrated more successes, as we awarded prizes for the Book Week competitions. The standard was astonishingly high this year - and the number of entries too - which made the job of picking winners extremely difficult. Top five in each category were as follows:
Film Producers of the Year; Herman (Y8), Marat (Y9), Nyika (Y7) & Cielo (Y6), William (Y8), Jazmin (Y10)
Creative Writers of the Year: Mencia (Y12), Baran (Y8), Sophia (Y6), Maria (Y11), Kira (Y10).
Investigative Journalists of the Year: Liv (Y10), Ryan (Y12), Daniel (Y7), Thaira B (Y7), Nikita (Y11).
And alongside all of this, there were all the usual favourites – Drop Everything and Read for ten minutes every day, themed Gmail avatars, and a fly-on-the-wall documentary produced by Student Council – we even had a dress-down Friday to celebrate reading as a leisure activity, whilst also raising money for Cudeca.
Click below to listen to the Radio Swans Book Week special with Samuel (Year 12).
All-in-all, it was an excellent week to celebrate our very favourite activity – reading!
Amongst all of this activity, you may have missed the most recent edition of our Swans School student magazine, Pulse. Click below to read – we think that it’s one of our best editions yet!