Library – Reading For Pleasure

After a good level of consultation we created the South Wirral High School ‘Reading Challenges’.

The Reading Challenge was announced to students during Assemblies. The Reading challenges can be seen on our YouTube page –

One of the main changes has been re-designing our school library. All books have been coded by reading colour band. This will allow our students to have greater access with regards to finding books at their level. We were also fortunate that Miss Lunt and Mrs Guaryte-Martin spent many hours designing the Main Hall for Assembly as well as the Library to represent our new Reading for Pleasure initiative.

After a significant amount of planning we were ready for the big launch day. Students started by all reading a book of their choice during Registration. Mrs McCormack officially opened Reading for Pleasure and throughout the day over 200 students were invited to attend the new look Library and take part in reading activities led by Miss Rossiter, Mrs Ruddock, Miss Edwards and Mr Durham.

Students were involved in being shown around the new Library and participating in both book and ibook activities on the iPad. Students were encouraged to explore reading with new technologies (tablets, mobiles, laptops) as another way into reading at home.

During lunch our special guests arrived to meet our Student Librarians and Reading Leaders from each form group. The Mayor and Mayoress plus Jacqueline Kirkham (Film maker, Script Writer and Actress) answered students’ questions about Reading for Pleasure and supported the afternoon’s activities with great enthusiasm. The Mayor cut the red ribbon to officially re-open our new look Library. During the afternoon our final special guest arrived into school. Alison McGovern (Member of Parliament) came back from London to support our schools promotion of reading and got stuck in immediately, speaking with Students about all things reading.

If you would like to see more images of the day check out the following iMovie link on YouTube