Charity literacy drive kicks into gear at Sennen
A NATIONAL book drive set off from Land’s End earlier this week, with nearby Sennen School the first of many to be visited as part of an international reading campaign.
Child literacy charity Book Bus got its latest initiative under way at the country’s first and last school on Monday, before beginning its travels across the UK with a last stop at John o’Groats before heading to Malawi.
The launch event featured a story from headteacher Tony Phillips, poetry readings, games and a talk from Book Bus chairman David Gordon.
The theme of the day was Africa, reflecting the charity’s work on the continent and the various schemes supported by Sennen School. Children also brought in books to donate, which will be given out to those with limited resources.
Mr Phillips said the children had a “great time” and added he hopes to establish a link as a result of the day, with a view for Sennen pupils to see their books being used in Malawi classrooms.
“I would like to set up a link with a school there,” he said. “It would give the children a chance to see the work in action. We’ll be following the bus’ journey.”
The headteacher also underpinned the importance of reading in education.
“It’s a key learning skills - we have a heavy literacy focus,” he said.
“We want all children to be able to read. We’re very fortunate in this country to have access to hundreds of books.”
The bus, swathed in drawings and doodles by trustee and famous illustrator Sir Quentin Blake, is now journeying across the UK, visiting other schools, libraries and workplaces to champion the work and boost reading levels here before its latest adventure overseas.