“Mr Gilmour, I have forgotten my pipe, but I have my dog with me,” Seth exclaimed this morning, whilst wearing a long white beard, holding a toy collie dog! Darth Vader has been patrolling school, Captain Hook is scaring the other children, a parrot has been busy working away in class and Miss Trunchbull wins an award for being kind and caring in assembly! Only on World Book Day do these events come to fruition in a primary school – the joy of books and their characters celebrated throughout school; this is what primary school is all about!

It has felt like at eternity since, as a school, we have celebrated an event; for this reason we postponed World Book Day to coincide with children returning to school.  Today the staff and children at St. Mary’s have had a day of fun,  laughter and celebration – what a day! We combined Red Nose Day – for Comic Relief, with the re-scheduled World Book Day! All the staff and children got involved to celebrate all the incredible books and book characters that we love! Have a look at our iMovie we put together to celebrate the day, showing some of the work the children have been doing; the video is linked below.

Children enjoyed learning about a nine year old boy called Ethan, who is supported by STEPS in Leicestershire – through the money raised by Comic Relief. I feel it is incredibly important for children to consider the needs of others and do their part to help others where they can, both in school and in wider communities through charity events. Every penny counts when it comes to charity, even though we are small in number at St. Mary’s, we live up to our ethos by having big hearts!

A huge thank you to all the families for supporting Red Nose Day, for Comic Relief and World Book Day on the same day! All the staff and children went home with huge smiles knowing they have made a difference, learnt something new and had fun!