Christmas arrived early at Alsop High School as headteacher, Mr Chris Wilson, gifted every student and staff members a reading book as a Christmas present.
As part of the ‘Reading the Alsop Way’ initiative, every student was invited to attend a session in the school library, to select a paperback from a wide range of books.
The initiative looks to promote reading in the school and the wider community, and was recently launched by children’s author Frank Cottrell-Boyce.
Ms Tapia-Bowes, disciplinary literacy co-ordinator said: “We all know that reading is important as it helps you to develop both mentally and emotionally. It develops our thoughts and gives us endless knowledge and entertainment, as well as keeping our minds active. It is true that you are never lonely when you are reading a book!”
Headteacher Mr Wilson said: “At Alsop, we are delighted that all of our students and staff are committed to reading on a daily basis. The benefits of reading are indisputable, from improving mental health to creating healthy habits. It is no wonder books and reading have been around for an incredibly long time; they have not lost their importance throughout the years!
“Many parents often ask how they can help to develop the reading skills of their children. Educational research suggests that the best ways are to continue to share books with children, regularly listening to them read, sometimes reading to them, but also discussing books read in increasing depth. At Alsop High School, all staff are committed to ‘Closing the Vocabulary Gap’.”
Frank Cottrell-Boyce added: “I am absolutely delighted to hear about this important Christmas initiative. As the Alsop Patron of Reading, I would like to reiterate that reading is the portal to the future of all children. I would like to congratulate Alsop for leading the way in making young people word-rich, so that they are empowered through their reading experience.”