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Years 7 to 9 - Letter to Parents - World Book Day and Guest Speaker Tom Watts

Letter from Miss Lewis, English Teacher and Mrs Hazlehurst, Librarian.

This year, ‘World Book Day’ will be taking place across the country on Thursday 2nd March 2017; it is an exciting day that we hope will encourage students to discover and participate in the pleasures of reading.

Year 7 and 8:  Dress Up

Year 7 and 8 students are invited to come to school dressed as one of their favourite book characters on Thursday 2nd March. In return, we ask for a donation of £1 in aid of the charity ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’. Please note that this is not a ‘non-uniform day’, but a fun occasion for students to participate and dress up as a book character – any students who are not dressed as a book character are expected to be in school uniform.

Year 9 students are required to wear their school uniform as normal.

£1 Book Token

All students will each receive a free £1 book token which is valid from 27th February to 26th March inclusive. These tokens can be used to reduce the full price of a book by £1 or can be exchanged for one of the ten special £1 World Book Day books available from participating bookshops. In addition, the Library will be selling Island by David Almond, Famous Five by Enid Blyton, Butterfly Beach by Jacqueline Wilson and Dead of Night by Michael Grant at the Crossroads at break time – these will be exchanged for the token on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. You can find out more about the books at

The voucher also includes a code to enter an exciting competition to win one of two family holidays to Universal Orlando Resort or Universal Studios Hollywood!

Visit from Tom Watt

Can you remember ‘Lofty Holloway’ from Eastenders?  Idsall School are very pleased to welcome Tom Watt to speak to Idsall students, parents/carers and the general public about his life, career and works during an evening event on Wednesday 1st March at 7pm. Tickets are £3 for adults and £1 for children. Donations will go to the charity of Tom’s choice: Teenage Cancer Trust. In addition, Tom will be speaking to Year 9 students during their English lessons on Thursday 2nd March.

As well as enjoying a career as an actor, presenter and broadcaster, Tom Watt has worked as a writer across a full range of media, including writing about football for every major U.K. newspaper. Tom is also the author of several books about the game: The End, a groundbreaking oral history of Arsenal FC; A Passion for the Game, ninety firsthand accounts of life behind the scenes in English football; The Greatest Stage, the official history of Wembley Stadium; and, My Side, the bestselling autobiography of David Beckham. His most recent best-selling book is Oscar’s Brazil which he ghost wrote for Oscar dos Santos.

At the end of the talk, there will also be an opportunity to ask questions, and, if you do bring copies of Tom Watt’s works with you, a possibility of getting them signed!

The deadline for reply slip and payment return is Wednesday 1st March.  Please return your reply slip and payment to the Finance Office as soon as possible. Cheques should be made payable to “Idsall School Fund”.

Additional Information

To find out more about World Book Day, costumes ideas, other related organisations and the many planned activities countrywide, please visit the website at

Design a National Book Token Competition

It’s time to go DOODLE CRAZY for this year’s fantastic ‘Design a National Book Token Competition’. The overall winner’s design will be made into a real National Book Token gift card and distributed to hundreds of bookshops nationwide in time for Christmas – PLUS you could win up to £500 of book tokens for your school and £200 each for you and your teacher! FIVE favourite entries in each age category will also be added to the online gallery for everyone to see from the summer.

For details on how to enter the competition and submit your design, please visit:

We hope students will enjoy the day and that it will help highlight the pleasures of reading.

Yours sincerely

Miss K Lewis, English Teacher and Mrs P Hazlehurt, Librarian