As any frequent visitor to Fyling Hall will be able to tell you, there’s usually something a little bit different going on whether that be a procession of young horse-riders taking their trusted steeds out for a canter, throngs of incipient actors and musicians honing their craft in preparation of their next spectacular performance or swathes of eager scholars dashing with fervour and baited breath to see what edificatory joys await them in their next English lesson, and last Friday was no exception. At 8:30am the school was overrun by hordes of Harry Potters, of pirates, of Tigers who came to tea, of vampires, of Sherlocks, of heroes and of villains and of many a literary character of note from the last 200 years when World Book Day came to Fyling Hall.
During the day I had the opportunity of speaking to the Junior School about the stories that they loved; to find out about their favourite books and characters and was furnished with such loquaciously detailed information as to whom the students all liked and why, I feel I must now know at least as much about the characters of Roald Dahl, JK Rowling and Michael Morpurgo as do the authors themselves!
There was a competition for best costume which was hotly contended and the best judged costumes were awarded to three very worthy winners, Bonnie, Skye and Izzy, who each won a £5 Amazon gift card and the ‘practically perfect’ Miss Anders as Mary Poppins who won the staff competition as we raised, on the day, in excess of £200 to go towards our new kitchen and two class sets of new books.
Throughout the week we had been running a challenge for all students and teachers at the school to have a picture taken of them reading in unusual places and these, along with the pictures of the fantastic costumes will be compiled into a montage and released very soon.
As always, we couldn’t have done this without the continual support of parents, students and staff so a most sincere ‘thank you’ to everyone for helping to have made this such a fantastic day. Our something a little bit different certainly made a difference!
Chris Thomas, Head of English