Busy start for pupils
Golden ticket time for pupils at Howard Junior School during their Roald Dahl Day activities.

It has been a busy start to the new term at Gaywood’s Howard Junior School.

Children’s librarian Eleanor Parkin from Gaywood Library presented successful pupils with their summer reading challenge certificates.

She visited the school for a special assembly which included Howard’s ‘reading rabbits’ Biscuit and Bramble, introduced into the school some time ago to help inspire children to read.

Staff and pupils at the Parkway school  also recently held a dressing-up event in celebration of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

Pupils dressed in a variety of outfits as characters including Willy Wonka  and Oompa Loompas.

Executive headteacher Gregory Hill said: “Things got a little crazy at the school as our teachers ensured pupils experienced the characters in Roald’s books from the BFG, to The Twits and Fantastic Mr Fox.”

Money was raised for the charity which provides care and support to children with serious illnesses and their families.

Mr Hill explained the school decided to host its Roald Dahl Day a little later than the worldwide celebration event to allow pupils time to settle back after the summer break.