The Wycliffe Literature Festival, incorporating World Book Day, was an intense, busy, and enriching time for our pupils.
In the Prep School, pupils dressed as their favourite book characters. It was an impressive effort by all. We invited parents to Pre-Prep pupils to come and read a book to the children, and most of the school doors were brilliantly transformed into a creative book theme!
Spoz made a guest appearance, doing workshops with pupils. Spoz is an award-winning performance poet, singer/songwriter, filmmaker, and playwright who was the poet-in-residence at Birmingham City FC. He has been seen on BBC and Central Television, written for and heard on … BBC Radio Four, Radio Five Live, Radio West Midlands, Radio Coventry & Warwickshire and Capital Gold.
Lindsey Cole visited the Prep School and worked with Nursery to Year 3 pupils. Lindsey retold her story ‘The Mermaid and the Cow’, with children (and staff) getting dressed up in an array of costumes.
In Senior School, there was a fantastic Inter-house Cake Baking Competition. It was a great success, with the judges having a tough job as they were amazed by the ideas, ingenuity, artistry and home-baking skills. There was a cleaver spinning roulette wheel of the Casino Royal cake, a Gangster Granny cake, a Willy Wonka hat and a Fairy Series cake. The Fairy Series cake won as the judges’ most significant ‘ooh’ came from the ‘waterfall’ of sprinkles that came when cutting into the cake. So Ivy Grove House stole the show this year.
Lauren E James, author, script editor and founder of the Climate Fiction Writers, gave a STEM-based talk to Year 9 pupils and led a workshop on the theme of writing diversely with Year 12/13 English pupils.
Other activities included guessing which bookcase belonged to which staff and hot chocolate being served in the Library.