The Big Read 2018 Launches Wider Reading Community

CHS’s passion for reading will be further ignited by The Big Read 2018. It will launch a wider outreach initiative, helping deprived children in the wider community develop their own love of stories through the written word.

Driven by The English Department’s aim to engage all students in reading, a number of activities will taking place in School over the coming weeks.

The Sixth Form English Society aim to raise £1k to buy books for 0-14 year olds at The Wood Street Mission and Manchester Children’s Hospital. Those wishing to donate any amount can do so by visiting ParentPay or the campaign’s Go Fund Me page.

Back by popular demand, The Big Read 2018 will see students, staff and parents aim to read a book from 20 different categories before Monday 2nd July. Those who complete the challenge will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a Kindle.

All pupils in Year 7 will be gifted a novel for Christmas funded by the English Department, which will be distributed by members of the School’s English Society.

CHS Head of English, Mrs Catherine Gregory said: “We’ve established an amazing culture of reading at CHS and there are so many passionate readers in School. The English department recognises the value in students enjoying literature and we want to extend that through outreach work to get books into the hands of disadvantaged children in the wider community – whether through illness or circumstance.”

Mrs Gregory said: “We want all children regardless of their situation to lean to value word richness and want to encourage them to be creative – particularly in this digital age – we want them to get in touch with their imaginations and enjoy something that is tangible, appreciating what it’s like to hold a book and get so much from it.”

Read more about the importance of reading in Mrs Gregory’s article for CHS’s Be Extraordinary blog here.