One of our wonderful academies, St Luke’s CE in Endon has celebrated the opening of its newly refurbished library and book vending machine with a full day of workshops with renowned author and illustrator, Liz Million.

Known more recently for “There’s a Crocodile in this House”, Liz dedicated the whole day to giving illustration workshops to the pupils of St Luke’s.

Each group created illustrations relating to their current learnings such as animals in the Rain Forest and the Tudors.

Last week (w/c 31 January 2022) was National Story Telling Week, which coincided beautifully with the opening of St Luke’s stunning new library.

The Academy looked the part for the whole week too with all class doors, dressed as book covers.

The pupils were set tasks to boost reading for pleasure in school and at home. St Luke’s is already a “Good” school for reading and so Principal, Mrs Nicky Danylyk and her staff took the school off timetable for the week to further the pupils’ passion for reading.

All week, various challenges were set, encouraging children to read in new places, discover new types of books, read to different people and more. They were also set a challenge to read 20,000 minutes in total last week. The enthusiastic pupils exceeded that target, totalling 31,120 minutes of reading time between them, instead!

The Academy proudly celebrated its new library all week, an investment which was made possible thanks to various fundraising events. A large portion of the £9k investment came from the Academy’s Fireworks event in November, topped up with money raised by the Academy’s PSA which held various fairs, discos and shops throughout the year.

Mrs Danylyk said: “It was a fantastic week for getting the community involved. Parents and pupils all played a part in completing the challenge and supporting reading for fun.

“It was perfect that we could welcome such a well revered author such as Liz to the Academy as a final event to celebrate a week of reading and our new library facilities. We can’t thank Liz enough for visiting, she was brilliant with the pupils and they really enjoyed themselves.”

The book theme hasn’t ended yet. Throughout w/c 7th February, the Academy is running a sponsored Bingo with 100% of profits going towards more books for the library.

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