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Beast from the East no match for Mary Poppins and her school’s World Book Day celebrations!

Last week’s beastly weather may have disrupted World Book Day as schools across London and the UK were forced to close, but North Bridge House Nursery and Pre-Prep did not let the snow put a dampener on their celebrations. The date did not matter to children at the high-achieving Hampstead schools, who revealed their 1st March costumes on the 6th instead, and continue to celebrate their love of reading with ongoing activities.

The children showcased their parents’ impressive efforts, with all characters from Rapunzel and Cinderella to the Gruffalo and Harry Potter parading through school.

Headteacher Mary Poppins, also known as Mrs McLelland, said:

“The snow doesn’t stop us; it’s been the perfect excuse to extend our Book Week and World Book Day celebrations at the Nursery and Pre-Prep, and enjoy everything from fundraising to a Winnie the Pooh themed lunch.”

Teachers have been just as involved as pupils, sharing their own beloved childhood stories through a week’s worth of “shelfies”. Staff across the Nursery and Pre-Prep schools have posed with some old classics for Headteacher Mrs McLelland’s virtual bookshelf, telling the children in their classes what they love about those books.

Regular fundraisers, Key Stage 1 pupils at North Bridge House Pre-Prep have embarked on the 100 Million Minutes reading challenge, for which every minute spent reading over a period of seven days will be counted and tallied to raise funds for Achievement for All. The non-profit organisation works in partnership with Early Years settings, schools and colleges to improve outcomes for all children and young people who are vulnerable to underachievement.

Famous model and Achievement for All ambassador, David Gandy tweeted the school’s headteacher saying:

“Very proud to be ambassador for @AfA_Education and encouraging children to read with the #100MillionMinutes challenge. Congratulations to @NBHNPP_Head and North Bridge House schools for the achievements so far.”

The Year 1 and 2 North Bridge House pupils are being sponsored by friends and family to read for as many minutes as possible, recording the total number of minutes they have read for each day on a bookmark and using this data in their maths lessons. The grand totals of minutes read and funds raised will be revealed on 8th March – International Women’s Day.

North Bridge House Nursery and Pre-Prep Schools are cleverly combining the end of their World Book Day celebrations with International Women’s Day, having pre-ordered the specially released Little Miss Inventor book to challenge stereotypical female roles and occupations. They also join the rest of the North Bridge House Schools group in wearing purple to honour the day and raise additional money for Care International.

North Bridge House Schools

North Bridge House Schools

North Bridge House Schools