To celebrate World Book Day, the English Department and Library have put on a range of exciting activities throughout the week, focusing on the mental health benefits of reading.
On Monday 5 March, Betty the Reading Therapy Dog was guest of honour in the Library. Students enjoyed meeting Betty and finding out more about how Reading Therapy Dogs are helping lots of people to enjoy reading. Reading can be a difficult skill to develop for many adults and children as emotions such as apprehension, stress, and anxiety can be an obstacle.
Reading Therapy Dogs provide support by helping the reader feel less nervous and self-conscious as they are reading to a furry friend. Over time the therapy dog provides comfort, encourages positive social behaviours, increases self-esteem, motivates speech and inspires children and adults to enjoy reading.
Other activities planned for the week include an Inter-House Book Quiz, a Book-themed Cake Competition and a Quote Quest, which involves searching the school grounds for quotes about mental health and reading.
Free World Book Day tokens are available all week so that students can choose a free book from the Library.