For the last few years St Matthew’s has joined a global initiative and celebrated World Read Aloud Day on the first Wednesday in March.
This year the day was launched by Councillor Pip Hannon at morning assembly when she read aloud to the school community from Half the sky : how to change the world by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Her thoughtful selection tuned in perfectly with the motivation for World Read Aloud Day, which seeks to draw attention to the 793 million illiterate adults in the world – two thirds of them women – and to “advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people”.
World Read Aloud Day is also about the power of words, about story and especially about sharing and making a connection.
Staff and students embraced the message and took the opportunity to share and talk about stories during the day.