Marking its 20th anniversary this year, World Book Day is an important annual celebration of books and reading that we at Surbiton High School always celebrate in fine style. This primarily meant that, on Thursday 2 March, staff and pupils alike dressed themselves in their finest literary attire as their favourite book characters for the day!
There were simply too many outstanding costumes for us to mention here. The girls really threw themselves into the spirit of the day, with outfits ranging from heroes and villains from traditional fairy tales and the books of Roald Dahl, through to characters from The Hunger Games and The Life of Pi. It was a very difficult choice for our judging panel to pick an overall winner of the costume competition, eventually awarded to Charlotte in Year 7 for her outstanding Maleficent effort, with the Invisible Man and Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events as close runners-up.
Standout efforts among the staff included the Science department’s Cat in the Hat inspired group effort, Ms Haydon leading the Senior Leadership team in dressing as the professors of Hogwarts, and the English department’s Romeo and Juliet theme, with Mr Humphreys’ Mercutio certainly gaining a lot of attention!
Another highlight of the day saw Mr Gibbons triumph at Staff/Sixth Form Mastermind in the Library at lunchtime, displaying near-faultless knowledge of the Inspector Morse novels, not to mention an excellent overall general awareness of literature! A huge well done to all who braved the intense spotlight to take part. As always, the day ended with our annual ‘book slam’ at Lit Soc, with all participants challenged to convince everyone around the table to read a particular book within a five-minute time limit. The video of this, with everyone still in costume, is available on our YouTube channel.
Amid all the fun, it is worth remembering that all money raised from Mufti for the day will go towards the library we built last summer in Tanzania. The money we raised will make a huge difference to the education and lives of girls and boys who live in one of the poorest regions of one of the poorest countries in the world. Well done everyone for making the day such a success, and we are already looking forward to World Book Day next year!