Wycombe Abbey Reading Week 2022
6 December 2022 - Academic
For weeks, the School has been gearing up for one of the most anticipated events of the year: Reading Week! The Library and other departments across the School planned a huge variety of events and activities, ranging from hot chocolate with an audio book (courtesy of Biology), a book club to discuss Circe (courtesy of Classics), a literary treasure hunt in Geography and daily links to podcasts and articles from the Psychology Department, as well as many, many more contributions. This year we even managed to organise deliveries of new books to each of the boarding houses to ensure that the selection of books available will entice everyone to sit down and read.
Mr Lenton’s LitBit podcast, which is designed to improve your literary fitness in five-minute segments, has become a weekly feature this year and, throughout Reading Week, he released daily episodes featuring different staff members from a range of departments discussing books they have particularly enjoyed.
We have also held a number of exciting evening events. Monday night was our annual English Poetry Declamation Final, where pupils in UIII, LIV and UIV delivered enthralling performances of selected poems. On Tuesday, the author Kate Weston delivered a fantastic talk to LV on her book Diary of a Confused Feminist. On Thursday, the poet Tabitha Hayward delivered a poetry workshop to a select group of Sixth Formers inspiring them to continue writing and sharing their poetry in our community.
For those pupils who want to take a break during their day, there were literary craft activities taking place at break and tea, as well as a Harry Potter quiz that ran throughout the week; the shredded book competition was also back by popular demand. At the end of this wonderful week, everyone was invited to curl up on a beanbag with a book and a hot chocolate in Fisher Library. Reading, both for pleasure and for academic enrichment, is vital to ensuring that our pupils achieve their full potential and we hope that this week has reminded everyone of the power and, potentially lifelong impact, of a good book.
Zyva (LV) said, “This reading week in Junior Library there was a create your own bookmark station. It was extremely relaxing to do and so much fun. Inspiration for my bookmark was my House colour for Rubens so I included some aspects of pink into it. This was probably my favourite part of reading week and I 100% recommend it.”
Mrs Hannah Rogers-Green
Head of Libraries and Teacher of English
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