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East Surrey school pupils celebrate World Book Day as favourite characters

By Surrey Mirror  |  Posted: March 14, 2013

By Michael Davies and Brian Haran editor@surreymirror.co.uk

  • Pupils at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School pose as their favourite characters

  • World Book Day at Royal Alexandra and Albert School saw the pupils turn up to class as their favourite heroes and villains

  • One pupil celebrates World Book Day as wrestling legend Hulk Hogan

  • Jo Godfrey, head teacher Mike Donald and Jenny Aarons were among the adults who showed off their Roald Dahl costumes for World Book Day at Warlingham Park School

  • Pupils at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School got to spend the day as their favourite heroes and villains to celebrate World Book Day

  • Pupils from Warlingham Park School showed off their Roald Dahl costumes for World Book Day

  • Pupils from Warlingham Park School show off their costumes from the Roald Dahl themed day

  • Willy Wonka and an oompa loompa were the favourite costumes for the children at Warlingham Park School

  • Some of the book characters at de Stafford School CRDC20130307C-001_C Photo by David Cook

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THE big bad wolf, Miss Havisham and Oompa Loompas were among the eye-catching characters spotted at schools across east Surrey.

It formed part of children's World Book Day efforts on Thursday last week.

In the junior department of the Royal Alexandra and Albert School in Reigate, pupils were treated to a fancy dress day based on their favourite heroes and villains, with pupils showing up in imaginative costumes like Batman, Superman and Hulk Hogan. After a morning of literacy activities pupils held a fancy dress parade with the best costumes winning a prize.

Literacy co-ordinator Dionne Bradley said: "The aim of Book Week is to focus on literacy in practical and unusual ways.

"Pupils have been planning their outfits for the last few weeks and the results are amazing."

Meanwhile at Warlingham Park School, Roald Dahl was the theme of the day with pupils dressing as their favourite characters from the writer's books. The day was packed with reading and re-enactments and musical performances.

Head teacher Mike Donald said: "The pupils had the chance to be their favourite characters and act out the stories that they enjoy so much."

At over at de Stafford School in Burntwood Lane, Caterham, pupils paid £1 to dress as book characters, with the proceeds going towards Kindles for students to use in lessons.

In addition, teachers decorated their doors as book covers, or as famous doors from books.

The school also launched its first reading challenge.

Year 7 students read books from a recommended list to receive "air miles". These equate to points which can be spent on things varying from sports equipment to mobile top-ups.

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