This week at The Newbridge School we have been celebrating International Literacy Day.
In 1966, UNESCO declared that International Literacy Day would be celebrated each year on 8th September; it was celebrated for the first time in 1967.
UNESCO aims for this day to remind people everywhere that literacy is a human right and is the key to a basic education for everyone. Unfortunately, the opportunity to be literate is not currently a privilege everyone in the world has. Today, at least 773 million young people and adults across the world are illiterate, and 63% of these are female.
We can often take the ability to read and write for granted.
In Key Stage 3 assemblies this week we have been promoting the benefits of reading for pleasure. Reading is not only one of the most enjoyable things our students can do, but it is also one of the most important.
Regular reading can help to sharpen the mind, improve sleep; reduce stress; expand vocabulary; broaden the imagination and increase general knowledge. As well as being enjoyable, it can have a huge impact on a students’ success in all of their lessons.
As part of International Literacy Day, this week our staff have shared some of their favourite books with our students.
Coincidently, when asked our choices we both chose a piece of children’s/young adult fiction.
Mr Gamble chose His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, as he loves the story of Lyra and Will and their adventures in Oxford and the other worlds, and the idea of daemons. He wonders which animal his daemon would be.
Mr Rowbottom chose Danny The Champion of the World by Roald Dahl, as it is a fascinating story about the strong relationship between a boy and his dad. He read this book as a boy and has loved it ever since.
We would love to hear what our students are reading, and which books are their favourites. If any of our parents or students are looking for a book recommendation, why not try some of those suggested by our staff below.
Mrs Simpson recommends The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. She says, “I recently read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – it was absolutely magical and it was beautifully written. I felt like I was there, experiencing the night circus for myself.”
Mrs Scott recommends To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. She says, “I love how the story is told through the eyes of a child and explores racial prejudice and injustice as well as love and tolerance. A must read for everyone!”
Mr Little recommends Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. He says, “this is the real-life story of one of the greatest survival stories of all time. I love this book because it shows what can be done in the face of adversity. These men had literally nothing and were able to survive for months in the Antarctic.”
Mrs Greene recommends Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. She says, “it’s a story of bravery and true courage in the face of ever worsening situations and how Louis and fellow soldiers coped as Japanese POWS and as civilians after the war.”
We will leave you this week with a quote from the author James Patterson;
“There’s no such thing as a person who hates reading. There are people who love reading, and people who are reading the wrong books.”