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Celebrating Book Day

Friday 23rd of April, 9 a.m. Our playground was full of children of all ages, quiet, sitting separately in circles. They had their hands full. Not with cellphones, balls or their mid-morning snack, but by Darrell Rivers, Cat in the Hat, Anne of Green Gables, Harry Potter, the Railway Rabbits, Mortadelo and Filemón, August Pullman, Pippi Longstocking… and other characters from thousands of stories. Because each of the students and teachers had chosen their favourite book –or the one that they were reading at that moment– to celebrate one of the biggest events at Kensington School: Book Day.


The value of reading - This year Book’s Day theme was “Wellness and the value of reading”. At our school we’ve always held books dear, and we try day today to pass on this value to the students. As the author Emilie Buchwald says: “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents”, to which we add: “and their teachers”. That’s why we always start this day by sitting together to do the “Big Read”. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, last year had to be a “Small” –and online– “Read”, but this year we have been able to do it in the school’s playground.



Fancy dresses, theatre, awards and more

On this occasion, Nursery children dressed up as little butterflies, caterpillars and other things related to the book that teachers are reading for them: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.

Students from Year 1 to 1º of Bachillerato came to school in fancy dress related to the theme of this year’s Book Day and Primary students participated in several activities that took place in the playground.


Years 1 and 2 had storytelling sessions and Years 3 and 6 enjoyed the theatre company “Face to Face”’s, performance of the play “Treasure Island”, out on the playground, before taking part in a series of in-bubble sports activities with the slogan “Run! Jump ! Shout ! Read !”


Students from all years did additional activities in class; we took up once again our tradition of sharing activities between classes, as different groups made videos which were then shared with children from another year group through Microsoft Teams.


And, last but not least, students across the school had been working towards the different prizes awarded for writing, design and photography across the three languages of the school, and prizes were given out for the winners of the contests “Crea KS” and “Fotografía Filosófica”.


In summary, Kensington School’s community spent a wonderful day recognizing the value that reading has in our lives.