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Cambridge celebrates the magic of books




The sight of wizards, cats in hats and superheroes walking to school could only mean one thing... World Book Day was back.

World Book Day
World Book Day

Schools across the county joined in the increasingly popular annual celebration of books last Thursday (March 7).

At St Mary’s School in Cambridge, it was also book week, and pupils were given some top tips from authors Lou Kuenzler and Charlotte Sebag-Montefiore.

On World Book Day itself, as well as dressing up, students and staff carried books around, so that when the signal was given everyone got reading, wherever and whatever they were doing at the time.

At Oaks International School, students also enjoyed a visit from an author.

World Book Day at Oaks International School, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge, from left, Curtis Mears with sister Daisy and twin Lucas. Picture: Keith Heppell
World Book Day at Oaks International School, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge, from left, Curtis Mears with sister Daisy and twin Lucas. Picture: Keith Heppell

Debbie Edwards hosted writing workshops when she visited the Cherry Hinton school.

The children enjoyed coming to school dressed as their favourite book characters before giving a short concert to parents on music inspired by books.

Meanwhile, Cambridge University Press celebrated World Book Day by giving students a glimpse into the diverse career choices available in publishing.

The day was managed by Form the Future, which connects schools and employers, and gave an insight into an internationally renowned organisation to 50 Year 9 and 10 students from Chesterton Community College, Coleridge Community College, Cottenham Village College, Netherhall School, North Cambridge Academy and Trumpington Community College.

The students had the unique opportunity to meet employees from all aspects of the business, from publishing, production and education reform, to legal, marketing and technology.

Rosie Robson, head of Key Stage 3 at Trumpington Community College, said: “This has been an inspiring, thoughtful and highly engaging day for our students who have been supported to consider multiple angles of this diverse and innovative industry.”

Heidi Mulvey, head of community engagement at CUP, added: “Our World Book Day event is an excellent way to engage with local schools to showcase the wide variety of careers within publishing, and the exciting new routes in, especially through apprenticeships.

“We were delighted to work with Form the Future who have excellent links with schools.”



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