World Book Week 2017

It all started with Roald Dahl; where better to start you ask? A dream jar sparked the question, “How can we use a dream jar for creative writing?” and this was how BE PUBLISHED was born.

 The Run Up to Book Week

Jars gathered, writing prompts printed, authors booked, information in library lessons, displays completed, lists of students received, invitations written and books given.


With the form tutors adding their own two subject-based objects to the jars they are now complete. Staff receive their instruction cards to give to students; BE PUBLISHED is launched as a whole-school, writing-for-real-audiences activity. World Book Day token competition starts for all of Y7 & 8 during library lessons.

Author Sally Gardner presents on dyslexia, bullying, striving to achieve against the odds, and all things Maggot Moon.


A celebration lunch for our amazing Y10 Reading Mentors. Students were treated to the gift of a book from Madam Gascoyne, Mr K and Mr Hughes along with praise and thanks for the great job they do with Y7.


Planning continues for BE PUBLISHED, the book stall keeps rolling, Y12 pop in and read, and the LRC transforms into a cinema with popcorn and a screening of The Jungle Book for Y7 & 8 winners of the book-related competition.


BE PUBLISHED continues to build excitement, award-winning author Beverley Naidoo delivers a Y7 & 8 assembly, workshops and book signing. WBD tokens are distributed.


The final drafts of BE PUBLISHED are being completed in form groups, a celebration lunch for Y7 Golden Ticket winners and Y8 Reading Millionaires for achieving so highly in Accelerated Reader.

Design a Book Token competition entries submitted. Staff continue to take part in the competition Which book, which author?

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”

Staff get snapping for the quirkiest, funniest, most original picture of their students reading after Drop Everything and Read bells.

And that was the week that was Book Week 2017 at DPHS!

COMING SOON… watch this space for the 100 best books reading challenge.