Ardnamurchan High School Wins Bronze at World Book Day

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Tuesday March 6 2018

A Lochaber school is celebrating after picking up a Bronze Award for their celebrations to mark World Book Day.

Inspired by the competition title, ‘Flying High with Reading’, Ardnamurchan staff and pupils got together and decided to make a kite that would ‘fly’ from the balcony in the school’s central dining area displaying, on the bows of its tail, their favourite books.

All the building users got involved, including all the high school and nursery pupils; teaching and support staff; community library staff and users; parents and partner charity; Ewen’s Room. 

All chose a book, and all have a bow on display.

The kite was designed and painted by an S2 pupil during Art classes, with the kite structure made initially during Tech lessons and ‘Itealaich Àrd’ written on the kite, meaning ‘Flying High’ in Gaelic.

From the initial brainstorm, the whole project took wing, with pupils from the Craft club adding a book tree ‘growing out’ of books.

The library staff also got on board, linking the display to other World Book Day activities, by creating hot air balloons from the £1 and £2.50 World Book Day titles.

The variety of titles chosen was amazing… from some Gaelic titles, to ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ and ‘Horrid Henry’ and from ‘A Prayer for Owen Meany’ to the ‘The Communist Manifesto’!   

The school has a voluntary reading group dedicated to reading the current shortlist for the Teenage Book Award and at least one pupil has selected Caighlan’s Smith’s novel “Children of Icarus”, as their favourite book ever.

The school was delighted with the news that they are the recipient of Third Prize (Bronze) and £500 of Bonnier Zaffre books.

World Book Day is sponsored by National Book Tokens

Debbie White, Part time Teacher of English at the school said: 

“Best of all though, has been the conversations that have happened, totally naturally as people made their bows, talked about their books, and created the display.

“One member of staff discovered, through the book choice of “Isolation Shepherd”, that one of our cleaners is also a shepherd.

“As a result, she has been receiving advice on training a new collie pup.

“Everyone is truly talking books.”

Christopher Millar-Craig, Head Teacher added:

“Everyone did extremely well with this project and a particular congratulation to Debbie White and her team of helpers for getting this off the ground and for netting a Bronze Award for the school.”



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