Somervale School

Somervale School's Sport Relief Challenge "Walks the World" for World Book Week!

This year's World Book Week theme was based around the school's huge "Walk the World" Challenge for Sport Relief 2016. Since Christmas Students and Staff have been walking laps of the school AstroTurf and managed to "walk" the distance to South America in time for Book Week.

During the week's library lessons students took part in a South American research team-challenge, and at break and lunch there were "Guess the Flag" competitions plus Staff v Student Scrabble Quests and Chess Challenges.

World Book Day, Thursday 3rd March, saw the whole school enjoying a special South American style lunch provided by the school canteen, with many staff and students taking part in a fancy dress day based on Olympic Sporting Heroes, a timely reminder that the first South American Summer Olympics will commence in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

Students were entertained in the library with a staff reading aloud competition - "pass the baton". Staff in fancy dress read aloud extracts taken from their Olympic Sporting Heroes biographies, and students voted on the best delivery and entertaining read. Once the audience wanted to hear the next contestant they shouted "pass the baton" and the next member of staff took to the stage. Student judges kept time with stop watches for each staff member, and the winner was decided by the longest time entertaining and performing. Congratulations to the staff in the PE Department!

Students also received a visit by award winning Author, Alan Gibbons. Alan has been writing children’s books for 23 years and is a recommended author on the School Library Association list of books for boys. He is a full time writer and independent educational consultant -

Alan worked with a group of boys during a day-long creative writing workshop and delivered an inspiring school assembly to KS4 students regarding his books, and gave students an insight into the challenges and choices that today's society has to make. This school visit was made possible by a successful bid for funding received from Grassroots Funding Literature South West, a charity based at Plymouth University:

And completing the celebrations, Somervale students are now officially part of a Guinness World Record! A group of Somervale year 7 students took part in World Book Day’s attempt at a new Guinness World Record © for the largest amount of students simultaneously participating in a book quiz. The event was organised by Norton Hill School as a joint Federation event.