Roald Dahl week has got off to a fabulous start with Year 9 student Ella Beesley performing an amazing rendition of ‘Naughty’ from Matilda the Musical. The week of events has been timed to coincide with both international literacy day and Roald Dahl day, which takes place this weekend. It is 50 years since Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was first published and a new Penguin Modern Classics has just been released to mark the book’s popularity.
Roald Dahl week is being co-ordinated by Mr Duguid and there are lots of opportunities to take part. As well as themed menus in the restaurant there are activities in tutor time, quizzes and a short story writing competition in the library, plus a mufti day on Friday where students can come to school dressed as their favourite Roald Dahl character. Those who do not wish to dress up will be expected to wear normal school uniform. Mr Duguid is also organising trips to see two musicals, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. These will take place in the first week of the school holidays and more details, plus a letter are available from him today.
He said: ‘I want to encourage as many people as possible to get involved this week. Roald Dahl’s books are such a vivid, joyous read. They have been loved for generations as they have such large memorable characters. They have been endlessly adapted over the years into different genres which shows the depth and scope of his writing. I encourage everyone to pick up and read, or re-read a Roald Dahl book this week and just immerse themselves into his quirky and imaginative world.’