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Loving any excuse to dress-up, Bishop Douglass Staff adopted a Victorian-themed World Book Day for 2017!

Driven by the demands of the new GCSE English Curriculum where Victorian Literature is a bigger focus than previously, teachers from across departments donned the attire of their Victorian literary favourites! The school corridors and classrooms were awash with Victorian governesses, madwomen who had been unleashed from their attics, mad scientists, mad hatters, maids, nurses, ladies and gentlemen of high (and not so high!) society, chimney sweepers, urchins and even Miss Havisham, Dickens’ very famous jilted bride from Great Expectations!

Students were encouraged to engage with teachers’ literary characters by taking part in a competition which required some research, inference and deduction as they had to work out who some of the characters were and which novel they were from.
There will be a prize draw and 5 lucky students who got all the answers correct will win an amazon voucher to spend on books!

In addition to the dress-up day, we had an author visiting the school on Wednesday 1st  March. She worked with a variety of students on creative writing – an area of interest we plan to really develop as further workshops and sessions are planned for the coming months. Lastly, there will be a creative writing competition with all year groups invited to participate.

We are asking students to re-write the opening of their favourite novel and submit an original piece of writing of no more than 500 words for their chance to win a Kindle! We’d love to see as many entries as possible for this competition.

Ms Prina, Head of English