Eltham Hill School was extremely proud to announce that we were the overall winners of the World Book Day Competition. Not only did we receive £10,000 of new books for the school library but also £10,000 worth of library furniture from school library designers BookSpace.
Schools were challenged creatively to respond to the question ‘Where Does Your Reading Take You?’ in any way they wanted. We responded with a brilliant whole school campaign, which saw pupils, staff and parents respond in all sorts of ways about what reading means to them. They wrote to their friends, family, favourite writers and fictional characters, and all of their work was brought together in the publication of a book, which is available to view and purchase at www.blurb.co.uk/b/6858705-wobod15
Winning first prize in this national competition has transformed the library, from an already cherished resource to a fantastic reading sanctuary. Reading is central to everything we do, but these new resources are already bringing a new energy to reading. Winning the World Book Day Award highlights our commitment to reading across and beyond the curriculum. We’re hugely grateful to professional author James Patterson, who supported the award and BookSpace and we are already seeing the results of their generosity.
One of the most exciting parts of the process was when a group of students visited Foyles Bookshop and GOSH Comics in London to spend the prize money. For students who were involved in choosing the books and designing the new space, the whole process has been incredibly exciting and useful.
On World Book Day itself, we celebrated with a formal launch of the new space, which was opened by the Mayor of Greenwich and broadcast on ITV London news and London Live.
Congratulations to all the students and staff involved in this wonderful achievement! A special thank you goes to our Learning Resources Centre Leader Ms Lloyd for co-ordinating the whole project with such passion and skill.