Dereham Neatherd High School

Dereham Neatherd High School

A Specialist Language College

World Book Week Events

Dear Parent/Carer,

WORLD BOOK WEEK – 29th February 4th MARCH

We are delighted that as part of our World Book Week celebrations we have secured visits from THREE talented and hugely successful authors, plus creative workshop sessions with The Book Doctor.

On Monday afternoon a small group of Y7/Y8 students will be visiting The Biggest Book Show on Earth at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich. Places were limited for this very popular event and whilst many have been disappointed we are sure other events/authors throughout this week will enthuse your children with reading.

Tuesday 1st March we are hosting a talk by the talented and charismatic Julian Sedgwick, author of The Mysterium Series, Ghosts of Shanghai and graphic novel, Dark Satanic Mills. This will be Julian’s third visit to us (he’s that good)and coincides with the release of his latest book The Shadow of the Yangtze .Julian will be talking to Y6 and Y7 during P2 followed by workshops with selected Y8 an dY9 classes. His books will be available to purchase and personally signed at the reduced price of £5.25.

Wednesday 2nd March (Flexible Learning Day) Y10 will listen to an intriguing talk and demonstration by Sonia Leong on the art of Manga as an illustrated form of story-telling, followed by creative workshops with Y10 throughout the day. Again books will be available with the opportunity to have them signed after the talk and at lunchtime.

Thursday 3rd March (World Book Day) we are delighted to welcome ‘The Book Doctor’. Workshops will be with selected classes from Y7 and Y8 where poetry will come alive with a fun and interactive Poetry Slam.

Friday 11th March (a week later) we are excited to be able to welcome the 2015 Carnegie Medal Winner and talented author, Tanya Landman. Tanya will be hosting creative writing workshops with selected classes followed by a talk to all Y9, Y10, Y11 and selected sixth form students. Tanya’s books delve into the human tragedies, hardships and survival set amongst historical events- Buffalo Soldier her Carnegie winner is highly recommended with an insight into the American Civil war and one young slave girls attempt to survive in extreme and harsh conditions. Books will be available to buy and have personally signed.

If any student would like to see a particular author above but are not in the year group stated please see Mrs Hunt to arrange this opportunity.

Along with all these wonderful opportunities for our students to hear and be inspired by authors there will be lots of other events that your child can get involved in throughout the week.

Thursday 3rd March –will be a NON-UNIFORM day – staff and students are encouraged to dress as a character from a book (prizes awarded) money raised will be used to fund our new ‘Patron of Reading’- an established published author who will work with all our students throughout the year providing a high expertise in all areas of reading and writing. Any money left over will be given to our chosen literacy charity.

We are once again holding our popular ‘Book Swap’ every Lunchtime-an opportunity for your child to exchange a pre-loved book for a new adventure.

Neatherd Reads returns for another year- each day from 3.15-3.30pm every student and member of staff will be encouraged to pick up their book and read- whichever lesson they are in.


Get ready- BAKE! There will also be a cake competition Thursday lunchtime-bake a cake based on a book/character and bring in for judging- cakes will then be sold and money raised will be given to a children’s book charity. Collect an entry form from the English office.

The Inter House Book Quiz held during form time.

Year 7 Design a Bookmark –all Y7s will be asked to design a bookmark – a winner from each house will have their design made into a personalised bookmark for every upcoming Y7 in September.

Staff Shelfie Competition- match the member of staff to their bookshelf and win prizes!

We hope the week will encourage, inspire and ignite a spark of enthusiasm for reading for pleasure for the whole school community.

Yours sincerely

Mrs. L. Gill (Librarian) and Mrs J Hunt (Head of Literacy)