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Reading has been made magical at Trent College as we celebrated national Harry Potter Book Night and popular children’s author Cathy Cassidy brought literature to life for more than 200 young people when she visited the school too.
The school’s Devonshire Library was turned into Hogwarts as part of the nationwide event celebrating J.K Rowling’s famous wizard, with teachers reading passages from their favourite Potter books and a guest appearance from Albus Dumbledore, in the shape of Head of D&T, Mr Prince, performing spellbinding tricks for the muggle pupils. Butterbeer tastings and the Hogwarts Hall of Fame Quiz completed a memorable evening for pupils.
Days earlier former teen magazine editor, agony aunt and art teacher, Cathy Cassidy, addressed a Chapel packed with pupils from both Trent College and its junior school The Elms, along with invited local schools. She read excerpts from her new book, Broken Heart Club, before taking part in a Q&A and a meet-and-greet book signing.
These were the latest in a packed school year of library activities at Trent College, aimed at encouraging children to read, write and explore their imaginations - authors Sarah Mussi and Jonathan Stroud have already visited the school this term.
Claire Scothern, Head of Library Services at Trent College, said: “Author events are great opportunities to promote reading for pleasure. Pupils are often introduced to new authors to try and we always find that as a result of author events pupils do want to borrow their books and give them a go.
“Cathy was really inspiring in her talk and gave the pupils lots of ideas to help them with their writing. I found one student in the library the next day creating a mood board for her own story she was writing, which Cathy discussed in her talk.”
In March, following the shortlisting of the books for the prestigious 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal, Trent College students will take part in official ‘shadowing’ of the judging process – reading, discussing and reviewing the shortlisted books and engaging in reading-related activity online ahead of the winners’ announcement in June.