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The Head’s reflections on the week

Posted: 8th March 2024

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At St Christopher’s we believe that books are more than just ink on paper; they are portals to different worlds, windows into diverse perspectives, and keys to unlocking the vast potential within each child. As Malorie Blackman writes, “Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.”

World Book Day is a celebration not only of the written word but of the transformative power that books hold. It is a day when we encourage our students to don their favourite literary characters’ costumes, not just for fun, but as a symbolic gesture of immersing themselves in the magic of storytelling. As a Head and an educator, I am deeply passionate about instilling a love for reading in our students, and here’s why.

Journey of Imagination: Books have the remarkable ability to transport readers to far-off lands, allowing them to explore the realms of fantasy and imagination. As JK Rowling eloquently puts it, “I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” Through reading, our students embark on adventures alongside beloved characters, fostering creativity and expanding their imaginative horizons. Whether it’s uncovering the mysteries of Hogwarts or sailing the seas with Herman Melville, each book read is a passport to uncharted territories of the mind.

Empathy and Understanding: In the words of Harper Lee, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Literature serves as a powerful tool for cultivating empathy and understanding among our students. By immersing themselves in diverse narratives, they gain insights into the lives, struggles, and triumphs of characters from different backgrounds. This, in turn, enhances their ability to relate to others and appreciate the rich tapestry of human experiences.

Lifelong Learning: Reading is not merely a skill acquired in the early years of education; it is a lifelong companion that continues to enrich one’s life. As Dr Seuss aptly puts it, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Encouraging a love for reading sets the stage for a lifelong journey of continuous learning. In a world that is constantly evolving, the ability to absorb new information and ideas from a variety of sources is an invaluable skill that will serve our students well in their future endeavours.

On this World Book Day, let us come together to celebrate the magic of books and the profound impact they have on shaping young minds. Let us inspire a generation of avid readers who will not only excel academically but also grow into compassionate, empathetic, and lifelong learners. Wishing you all a joyous World Book Day filled with literary adventures!

Ms Elizabeth Lyle, Head

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