We have rolled straight into an exciting new term here at Bromsgrove International School Thailand, with a literary adventure to welcome us all back after the Songkran break. It’s International Book Week and both students and staff are embracing the array of book-themed activities that the English Department have on offer. With reading marathons, reading stars and buddies, as well as library-related activities, all of us are fully embracing our love of literature, while students take photos of unsuspecting staff who have been ‘caught reading’ around the school.
The week began with two after-school, book-to-film screenings on Monday, featuring a couple of popular literary legends. The primary pupils were invited to be part of the audience for How to Train Your Dragon, written by Cressida Cowell, in which a hapless young Viking, who aspires to hunt dragons, becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he first assumed. Meanwhile, the secondary students were invited to watch Divergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian fiction, written by Veronica Roth. In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns that she is a ‘Divergent’ and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes them dangerous before it’s too late.
As always, we are supporting the Polio Points scheme within our three houses – Taylor, Edwards and Walters – managing to save lives by earning Polio vaccinations for every four points, while enjoying the comradery of teamwork across the whole school. There are house competitions running throughout the week, with ‘extreme reading’ photos to be unveiled, as well as story retellings yet to be heard, and we still have plenty to be looking forward to as our International Book Week unfolds, with a special guest visit from a performance poet on Friday afternoon. It will be an exciting time for students and staff to experience the magic of poetry and spoken word, while we are all dressed up as our favourite literary heroes, characters, or idioms to celebrate literature for the last day of this jam-packed, fun-filled week.
In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at some of our extreme reading entries this year: