Wonderful World Book Day Celebrations and author visit. The beginning of March saw a vast array of book related activities sweep across Lord Lawson Academy in support of World Book Day 2016. Opportunities to participate in chair and book bag decorating, drawing on our graffiti wall, David Walliams Week and a bookmark design competition as well as the much acclaimed ‘Pets Caught Reading’ were taken up by students and teachers across the academy, and the highlight of the week was a visit by our guest writer, Joe Kipling, author of the book ‘Blinded by the Light’, the first book in the Union Trilogy Joe held two workshops with students from year 8 that focussed on how to build a dystopian world, and the development of characters and plot of a story that might take place in such a world.

Students worked in groups to come up with some very unusual and intelligent resolutions to the problems caused by their dysfunctional societies, which ranged from mass hypnosis through social media, to segregation of the poor from the rich in an undersea world where the less well-off are detained in prison like pods never to see sunlight and land.

This year’s featured book was ‘I am Malala’, the story of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, the inspirational young woman who survived an attack on her life because she believes in education for all regardless of gender. It was incredible to see the effect of her story on our students who received the book with admiration for Malala and deepest respect for her cause. Also on World Book Day a cast of Roald Dahl Characters rolled into school to teach lessons in the English department. Staff dressed up to celebrate the work of Roald Dahl and 100 years since his birth. Students participated by ‘spotting’ as many Dahl characters as possible.

Thank you to all staff and students who got involved.