World Book Day: Novel fancy dress in South Yorks schools

Book worms: Youngsters from Porter Croft mark World Book Day.
Book worms: Youngsters from Porter Croft mark World Book Day.
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A HEADTEACHER dressed up as the Mad Hatter to greet pupils for a Sheffield school’s World Book Day celebrations.

Jim Dugmore swapped his suit for a colourful costume inspired by the Adventures of Alice in Wonderland at Porter Croft Primary School, Pomona Street, off Ecclesall Road, to mark the national event.

His assistant head, Cath Thomas, was dressed up as the Queen of Hearts to keep the Lewis Carroll theme alive, while another teacher added a sprinkle of magic to the occasion by dressing as Hermione from the Harry Potter series of children’s novels.

Pupils joined in the fancy dress fun by coming to school as their favourite book characters.

From superheroes, to Smurfs, fairytale princesses, to one sharply-dressed James Bond lookalike, the pupils went all out to join in the celebration of the written word.

The day at Porter Croft Primary kicked off with a special assembly and lessons all had a focus on books and story-telling.

Mr Dugmore said: “It is part of our wider push on reading. We have got some of the highest progress rates in the city.

“We do as much as we can to make reading interesting and get the kids involved. We even use Kindle Fire Tablets to promote different ways of reading.

“World Book Day is brilliant because it is another chance to promote that love of reading. At the school we do quite a lot of dressing up because it really captures the pupils’ imaginations.”

Meanwhile at Clifford Infant School, Psalter Lane, a book fair and sponsored readathon were organised for World Book Day.

Children were also asked to come to school dressed as their favourite characters.

Headteacher Sue Preston said: “There are all sorts of characters - you name it we’ve got it. I’m Daddy Bear and my assistant is Mummy Bear.

“We’re also having a readathon where children have to read for at least 20 minutes every day.”

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