The River Thames outside DLD College London

The World of Books and Print!

4th March 22

From papyrus scrolls to Harry Potter blockbusters, Simon Pearson, Head of Humanities, launched the start of our World Book Day activities with an interesting presentation detailing ‘A Brief history of the Book’. Lower School students gathered in the Atrium before the start of first period, to hear about the development of the book and literacy through the ages.

At breaktime we were joined by master-hand printer Russell Frost, owner of Hooksmith Press printing company. Russell demonstrated the art of press printing, allowing students to get involved and make their own prints with the theme of ‘Give Peace a Chance’ as a nod to the current global climate and recognising the preference of peace over war. This was a hit with the art students who enjoyed experimenting with a new printing technique.

In the spirit of World Book Day and encouraging students to discover the art of literature, Sarah Barnard has been inspiring her Year 11 tutor group to do more independent reading by starting a book circulation. Sarah and Simon selected a variety of fictional books and graphic novels for the students. When a student has finished reading their book, they are asked to write a short recommendation to inspire the next reader, and then pass the book on to another student in a different tutor to spark a chain of independent reading.

Simon Pearson, Head of Humanities/ English Teacher