This week, we celebrated books, language and literature in the Lower School. The students once again demonstrated their love of books by dressing up as book characters during our assembly, which was presented by Wonder Woman (secret identity: Miss Pitts) to a whole host of characters!
Even better, when we return to school next week, we will be giving the children World Book Day vouchers that can be used in participating book stores up until the 28th March. These tokens can be used for a discount on any book in participating stores, or swapped for one of the exclusive, new and completely free World Book Day books.
We also had a live interview with Nadezhda - a published author in our very own Lower School! During the first lockdown, Nadezhda (Y3) collaborated with four people outside of Dwight, across different continents, to illustrate and co-author a book called Meet Papa Bear.
"At first I felt pretty nervous because I'm not that good with new people," says Nadezhda about working with her two co-authors, "but then they were very friendly and I enjoyed writing and illustrating with them."
The book centres around the work of Dr Wong, who works at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Sun bears are endangered, with their population decreasing by 30% over the last 30 years. Dr Wong is like a father to all the bears passing through his conservation centre, earning him the nickname 'Papa Bear'.
Nadezhda used her writing Spark of Genius to take action to protect the sun bears. As well as raising awareness with her book, she raised over £1600 for the WWF and to protect children in the slums of Mumbai. Additionally, the proceeds of the book have continued to provide support for sun bears at the sanctuary.
"We also adopted two sun bears," says Nadezhda. "I chose to adopt a young sun bear called Romolina. I had to have a very big think because I had to choose between her and another bear named Mary. I picked Romolina in the end because she was new so they didn't have a plan for her yet."