Prep Headmaster's Blog: Why reading will make you a happier person

On Thursday 7 March the Prep School was taken over by storybook heroes and favourite characters from "Where the wild things are", as we celebrated World Book Day. 

Many would say it was just a normal day at FPS with Sherlock Holmes, adorning a hi-viz jacket (aka Mr Fincher), overseeing proceedings in the car park at drop-off, and Tigger (aka Miss Mitch) greeting the Year 3-6 children by the red doors! I was mightily impressed by the variety of outfits and characters that the children had chosen for the day.

We held a special assembly where pupils and staff shared their favourite books from now and years past (!) The library Q.I’s also held a quiz for the pupils focusing on some of the most famous stories and characters from our literacy heritage. 

The children’s knowledge was very impressive and I certainly learnt a lot about some more modern classics! The continuing success of our Accelerated Reader Scheme throughout the Prep School really comes to the fore on occasions like this, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Allen and Mrs Pilcher for their sterling work in the library.
I recently read an article entitled ‘21 reasons why reading will make you a happier person’. Now, I won’t go through all 21 reasons with you, but I do think its interesting to highlight some that I thought worthy of note.

Developing your creativity and imagination – reading expands your mind and gives your creativity a chance to come alive.

Self-improvement – through reading, you begin to understand the world better and in a much deeper way.

Understanding other people’s minds – as you read, you can actually see how characters think, act and feel. This helps greatly with empathy in real-life situations.

As we all know, the benefits of reading are many and varied. Creating that love of reading in children is so important. Enjoyment, creativity, relaxation, escapism and improved communication skills are just a few and I hope yesterday just added to that journey of discovery.

Lots of exciting things have gone on this week, including our Year 7 reporters taking part in the BBC Schools Report initiative (see below), Shrove Tuesday pancake racing and the termly team photos(!) I have enjoyed many lessons including robotics, ESB preparations and poetry writing – such variety!

Simon James 


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