…when you have a book in your hand! Apparently, reports of the death of the book were greatly exaggerated. Yes, the old dog-eared paperbacks and weighty cloth-bound tomes were missing in action for a while as Kindles and ebooks became all the rage, and dare we say people became more accustomed to reading news feeds, FaceBook posts and tweets than anything with a full sentence, nevermind an actual paragraph. Well, as often the kids have set us right and have led us back to what we were missing: the sales of books (the real ones) are climbing across the globe and credit can be given to events like the Road Dahl Day and the Junior PA Book Sale earlier in the year and the recent World Book Day festivities. For the latter, the Junior School teachers ran a ‘Design Your Own Cover’ competition and the numbers nd quality of entries attest to the enduring love of children for their books. The winners were: JI- Ronan; SI- Alistair; 1st Form-Conor; 2nd- Mohnnad; 3rd- Myles; 4th- Dawson; 5th- Edwin and 6th- Riccardo, but everyone enjoyed the competition and the special awards ceremony in the Conference Room.
Ms. Dillon took the ‘retro’ vibe even further and encouraged her 3rd Form charges to investigate the outdoor games that their parents and grandparents played as kids. The current generation were shocked to learn of the shenanigans such as ‘tag’ and ‘tip-the-can’ which were got up to, with nary a mobile phone or GPS tracer attached! Then Ms. Dillon had them tell each other all about it in our outdoor classroom: yes, that bluish blur on your screen behind the Pokemon really exists, and it is available for unlimited, free download!