West Sussex Book Awards

Mrs Miller with pupils
Mrs Miller with pupils

Over 60 children from 6 schools in Burgess Hill are involved in this year’s West Sussex Book Awards project.

Locality Projects Manager, Mrs Sally Miller said: “The children have been busy reading the selected titles and on Friday 31st January we brought them all together at Oakmeeds for a locality workshop. The main aim of the afternoon was for the children to have fun talking about the books with other children and to inspire each other to read further!”

During this special session, pupils worked in mixed groups to prepare presentations on a chosen book. Presentations took the form of drama, powerpoint, songs and poetry and were brilliantly put together in the hour available. Mrs Barrett, Learning Resource Centre Manager, said: “The standard of reading and presentations was superb.”

The pupils from the 6 different schools worked really well together and demonstrated excellent teamwork and co-operation skills. One pupil commented: “I’ve enjoyed the Book Awards because I’ve discovered new books and made lots of new friends!”

Pupils from Oakmeeds were involved in hosting the event and Mrs Miller commented that this year’s group has been particularly helpful and a pleasure to work with. She added “It was a wonderfully positive and successful afternoon.”

The aim of the Book Awards is to both encourage and challenge children in their reading. Children select the shortlist and book clubs are set up at each school. Pupils volunteer to join the clubs and read all the shortlisted books between September and February. They then vote for their favourite book and the winner is announced on World Book Day in March. The winner in this round of Burgess Hill voting was ‘Ruby Redfort - Look into my Eyes’ by Lauren Child.

Report and picture contributed by Oakmeeds Community College.