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A level English Literature students enjoy some reading for pleasure  - View Full Size Image
A level English Literature students enjoy some reading for pleasure

A number of events took place at Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School, to mark World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March.

At a specially-themed Assembly, a group of Year 13 students, most of whom are studying English Language or English Literature to A level, gave presentations about their favourite books, including why they would recommend these books to other students.† The pleasure of reading was further highlighted throughout the Collegeís English Department throughout the day, with time devoted to reading for pleasure and to discussing and recommending the favourite books of both students and teachers.† In the Staff Room too, there was discussion of reading, following a survey of staff on Ďwhat book would you encourage everyone to read on World Book Night.í

The School Library was the focus of a number of other initiatives.† Among the most popular of these were some lively discussions in the Year 8 Reading Group, which was formed earlier in the year as part of the Book Trustís Booked Up campaign. Every student of English from Year 8-14 was given a World Book Day book token to the value of £1, which could be exchanged for special books published to mark the event or used as a contribution towards books or study guides of the studentís own choice.

Head of English Mrs Caragh Little commented that the World Book Day events had helped to emphasise the importance of literacy as an integral part of every subject within the school curriculum, while also providing an ideal opportunity for students and staff to remind themselves of the joy of reading for pleasure.† Curriculum Development Co-ordinator Miss Maria Flannelly, who co-organised the events, was keen to reinforce the eventís role as a means of highlighting the place of Literacy at the forefront of the Loreto College Development Plan, while School Librarian Mrs Fiona McDonnell was delighted to see so much activity centred around reading on the day.