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Poet Joel Stickley Celebrates World Book Day with Us

The Priory is visited by the Lincolnshire Poet Laureate, Joel Stickley, as part of our World Book Day celebrations...

The school has been packed with fun book-related activities all week, but today has been a definite peak in the literary celebrations. Priory staff and both Years 7 and 8 have been getting in the spirit of things by dressing up as their favourite character from 'Alice in Wonderland', bringing lots of smiles to other students throughout the day.

At lunchtime, the librarians and English staff supervised a literary treasure hunt which was designed by Writers Inc. creative writing club. A number of students took part and earned points for their House.

Joel Stickley, the Lincolnshire Poet Laureate, joined us during Period 4 to talk to over 500 students in the New Hall. In addition to sharing his inspiration and motivation for writing poetry, he then treated us to some very entertaining and witty performances of his poems. "He really brought each word to life," commented one Year 7 student.

After individual students were given the opprtunity to ask Joel some questions, the winners of the fancy dress competition were revealed. Very well done to Josh in Year 7 and Paige in Year 8 who put a huge amount of effort into designing their own Mad Hatter hats for the occasion. Both students won a newly published and soon-to-be-published book.

Awards were also given to Milly (Year 7) and Nouhaila (Year 8) for being the Library's 'Top Borrowers' this year, and William in Year 8 also received an award for his outstanding stop-motion film which will represent the school in the national World Book Day competition.

 Joel Stickley then delivered two poetry workshops - one to Gifted and Talented students in Years 9 and 10, and the second to Year 11 and Sixth Form students with an interest in creative writing.

Many thanks to Miss Thompson who worked exceptionally hard to organise this week's events, and to Mrs Allan and Mrs Coggan for supporting us with Library events.

Thanks must also go to all of the staff and students who took part in the celebration; we really would be down a rabbit hole if it wasn't for books!

Miss Chester