Teacher Miss Tubb read extracts from Matilda to mark the fourth day of Roald Dahl week. She read from chapter 1 ‘The Reader of Books’ which tells how Matilda, a small child whose parents paid her no attention, taught herself to read and found solace and adventure in library books.
Miss Tubb said: ‘During the course of that chapter we find that Matilda ends up reading a whole list of very difficult books. She extended her knowledge through reading all the children’s books and all the adults books as well. This quote from this first chapter really resonated with me when I was young:
“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad, she went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”
‘It was that that captured my imagination as a child and it has meant that I have had a life-long love of reading. That is the key magic of Roald Dahl, he inspired so many young people to first of all read, but then to continue reading.’
As part of Roald Dahl week Year 7 students have been baking ‘wasp stings’ from James and the Giant Peach. The library quizzes and wordsearches have to be handed in by the end of school today but if you want to take part in the short story writing competition then you have until next Friday to hand your entry to Mrs Adams in the library.
Finally, if you are planning to dress as your favourite Roald Dahl character tomorrow then your costume must be appropriate and recognisable with accessories (if necessary) to denote who you are. If you are not dressing as a character you must wear full school uniform. A charity donation will be collected at the turnstiles with contributions expected from those in non-uniform and all other donations gratefully received.