Simply red for St George’s Day
Published on: 05 May 2015
PUPILS at The Tynings School proved they were well read and well red for St George’s Day.
The Staple Hill primary school held its eighth annual Books and Roses Day, in which children dressed up as characters from the story of St George, in red and white and in their scout and guide uniforms.
Children and adults were invited to write a short book review and the school received a record 80 entries, ranging from L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables to The Dinosaur That Pooped A Lot by Dougie Poynter. The most popular author was David Walliams.
This year, as well as celebrating St George as the patron saint of England, children learnt of the countries who also have St George as their patron saint.
Books and Roses is a Catalonian custom where men give women a red rose to represent the blood of the dragon and women give men a book to commemorate two writers who died on April 23, William Shakespeare and Miguel Cervantes.
Head teacher Ashley Yates said; “It’s a really fun way to celebrate St George’s Day and promote a love of reading amongst the children, and also the mums, dads and carers. Books can change a child’s world, taken them places they may never go and put them in situations they may never encounter.”