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Posted on: 02/03/2017

World Book Day 2017

Willy Wonka met Mary Poppins on World Book Day at Loreto Grammar School as girls and staff at the Altrincham catholic grammar school donned their finest garb to celebrate the voice of the young generation from all eras.

Hundreds upon hundreds of Wonkas, Matildas, Big Friendly Giants and Umpa Lumpas could be seen in the classrooms and corridors as the English Department chose to celebrate last year's Roald Dahl Centenary.

Loreto Grammar School English teacher Ruth Daly, who organised the event, said: “We want to develop a passion for literature, making sure girls realise that English isn't just about passing an exam but about a lifelong love and enthusiasm for the written word and the different horizons it can open up throughout their lives.”

“It does demand an immense amount of effort, particularly from our parents, but we feel it is very much worth the preparation. Since its foundation 20 years ago sales of children's literature have increased by 100 per cent across the U.K. in no little part due to this fantastic promotional event which captures the imagination of the children.”

Ruth added: “We don't just dress up: staff post their own favourite books on notice boards around the school and we run a range of competitions and quizzes so every girl from Year 7 to 13 gets involved.”

Helen Gill, Loreto's Finance Officer, who is dressed as Willy Wonka, said: “I have always loved Roald Dahl since my own son was small and seeing the delight on his face as we read the books together.” Megan Gilliver, 11, from Sale, who is Mary Poppins, said: “I love books with a sense of adventure where you just have to turn the next page.”  

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