Visitors help bring books to life at school

Youngster at a Ponteland school had a special World Book Day after winning an art competition.

Pupils at Ponteland High School were visited by Michael Lockhart and Steph Durkin from Seven Stories library in Newcastle.

They delivered a workshop in the library to three groups of Year 9 students. The session was based around how to be confident when choosing a book.

The workshop started by asking the students to make a choice from two very opposing options. They were asked to chose whether they were totally bald or covered in hair, or that they could lie or always told the truth. This was linked to selecting books and how it was okay to say you didn’t like a book.

The workshop also taught students not to judge a book by its cover, using a picture book with a non-descriptive cover.

Six Year 9 students had their work submitted for the contest — Louis Sykes, Promisha Chowdhury, Milly Walker, Jason Gibson, Amber Wright, Max Austin, Andrew Miller and Elizabeth Quigley.

The standard of the work for the competition was high, with Elizabeth Quigley chosen as the overall winner.

Ann Marie Laws, school librarian, said: “The students really enjoyed the experience and it was great to see books brought to life in such an inspiring way — I loved it too.”