Books and Roses

Published on: 02 May 2016

MORE than 60 portraits of William Shakepeare were created by pupils at The Tynings School to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death.
Some children also dressed up as characters from Shakepeare’s plays – woodland faeries and a King Richard among them - for the school’s ninth annual St George’s Day activities.
The date is also the anniversary of the death of Miguel Cervantes and the school follows the Catalonian tradition of Books and Roses. Many children gave one another  a red rose (representing the blood of the dragon) and some exchanged books.
In a week that also marked 200 years since Charlotte Bronte was born, children and adults were invited to write book reviews. Among nearly 100 contributions, the most popular author for children  was Enid Blyton! Adults’ reviews included books by John Connolly, JRR Tolkien and Leo Tolstoy.
Some pupils dressed in red and white to represent the colours of the St  George Flag, as a character from the story of S George and the Dragon or in their scout / guide uniforms,  George is the patron saint of the scouting movement.
Head teacher Ashley Yates said: “Books and Roses Day is a lovely and fun way to promote a love of learning through sharing our favourite books both for children and adults. Over the past nine  years, we’ve celebrate St. George’s Day in this special way, giving it a national and international dimension.”

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