Students at Uckfield Community Technology College took part in a week-long series of activities and events centred around World Book Day.
Visiting authors Jenny McLachlan, Helen Dennis and Andrew Kerr spoke to groups of students and signed copies of their books, as did illustrator Jane Hissey.
Storyteller Sue Knight keep students enthralled with tales of smugglers, World War 2 and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
Parents and students were also invited to a special screening of the film Alice at The Picture House, Uckfield, as many of the activities in college centred around an Alice in Wonderland theme.
A giant mural in the college reading room, the work of learning assistant Susan Rawnsley, showed Alice on her adventure in Wonderland.
On Book Day itself staff dressed in Alice-inspired costumes and later that day there was a Mad Hatter’s tea party for students.
Other activities included a giant chess championship, a croquet game, an opportunity to make costumes, a poetry to music session and lots of lessons that promoted the reading of books.
Students ‘caught reading’ during the week were given a raffle ticket by staff, for a prize awarded at the end of the week.
College deputy principal Geoff Evans said: “It was a really exciting week for students with so many different things going on every day. At its heart was our belief in the importance of books and reading so we extended World Book Day to World Book Week.”
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