Way to Read, ISA!: Lower School Book Week 2022

What a lot of reading fun we have had this week! 

Many students submitted their ‘Book Cover Challenge’ photos which were displayed around the school on the big TV screens. There were many creative entries from children in all Elementary Grades.

Every day a bell sounded in the common areas to mark the start of DEAR (Drop Everything And Read). Students and staff were seen reading around school, also outside the classrooms and libraries, engrossed in their books. 

Our Battle of the Picture Books launched Monday and will continue beyond Book Week. Between the first two titles, more than 250 children cast their votes and the result can be seen on the big poster in front of the Lower School Library. 

In five playgrounds around the Lower School, students could go for a story walk during their recess times. Each area had two stories displayed throughout the week and children enjoyed sharing the books with their friends during their free time.

Wednesday was the great Reading Marathon. Children had signed up to participate and we had five seats in the foyer occupied throughout the day. Every participant occupied their chair for at least 15 minutes and no seat was left cold. In total 1950 minutes of reading happened in the foyer. The Early Childhood held a satellite version of the readathon in the Reading Market, where entire classes could be seen reading together throughout the day. Way to read, ISA! 

Finally, Friday saw the popular book character dress-up day. Among others, we saw Harry Potter, Gerald & Piggie, the Colour Monster, and Little Red Riding Hood in the hallways. 

It takes a lot of people to make the magic of ISA Book Week happen. The Early Childhood and Lower School libraries would like to thank our Administration, Communications teams, and Jay Morris for their continued support. Job Roggeven, our fabulous head of facilities, and his wonderful team, Raymond, Patrick, Scott, and Freek, who really went above and beyond anything we could have wished for. They worked weekends, early mornings and late nights preparing our story walks and setting up for other special reading events around school. And finally, we would like our teachers, students and their families for celebrating reading in their own special way during Book Week!