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Saturday 22 July 2017

Balbriggan pupils celebrate World Book Day with super fun day

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of World Book Day in Ireland, Balbriggan Educate Together National School pupils was one of thousands of schools around the country who marked the occasion.

World Book Day has become firmly established as Ireland's biggest annual event promoting the enjoyment of books and reading with the aim of encouraging children to explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with an opportunity to have a book of their own.

According to Balbriggan ETNS principal Fintan McCutcheon, the school's participation in World Book Day is part of its commitment to high levels of literacy attainment within the school.

And as part of the day, teachers in the school read stories to different classes while Swords author Stuart Purcell paid a visit to the pupils. A competition was held for pupils to illustrate and design a book cover.

'The pupils made up a title for their books and designed a book cover that would fit the book title and genre,' said Mr McCutcheon, adding that prizes will be given to the winners and runners up in each class over the coming week.

Parents were also invited into the school to hold a Book Club with small groups of pupils. The chosen book was Wonder by RJ Palacio, which is also the title of the book for the school's One Book Project.

'The One Book Project is a joint project between four schools in Balbriggan where all Fifth class pupils are reading the same book at the same time and then four different events will be held in each of the schools from a drama event about the book to a visual arts event and presentation of prizes for different competitions to take place,' said Mr McCutcheon.

The school also held Philosophy sessions for the pupils, called P4C, where the students are shown a particular way to look deeply into picture books as opposed to novels. 'Picture books are written specifically for that analysis as there is much more going on in the illustrations than the text,' said Mr McCutcheon.

'We had a super day and it certainly brings a whole lot of fun, enjoyment and purpose of being literate to life,' he said.

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