Schools prepare for new chapter with World Book Day celebration

Mayor Kathleen Leddin with magician Leon Anderson celebrate World Book Day with students from St Nessans Community College and Salesians Secondary School
STUDENTS at St Nessan’s Community College have welcomed their counterparts from Salesians Secondary School with a celebration of the written word and World Book Day.

STUDENTS at St Nessan’s Community College have welcomed their counterparts from Salesians Secondary School with a celebration of the written word and World Book Day.

It comes as both schools prepare to open a new chapter with their amalgamation in 2016.

Students each received a book supplied by O’Mahony’s as part of World Book Day. And throughout the day there were competitions for students to design their own book cover, bookmark and a chance to write a book review.

Illusionist Leon Anderson was on hand to entertain and to demonstrate the value of numeracy and literacy through magic. In the role of magician’s assistant was none other than Mayor Kathleen Leddin, who also read from Angela’s Ashes.

“The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage students to explore the pleasure of reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. Reading for pleasure is one of the most important things a student can do - and it has been shown in various studies that students who read regularly perform better academically, enjoy school more and make more progress in maths, vocabulary and spelling than those who rarely read”, said Marie Toomey, JCSP co-ordinator at St Nessan’s.