In July, John Hanson Community School hosted its first Big Write event. This whole school literacy initiative gave all pupils, and staff, the opportunity to put their pens to paper to write about famous, or personal, victories that inspire them. John Hanson Community School were joined by various representatives of the local community and the world of literature to help them with the task of judging this outstanding work. On the celebration day, 36 pupils were victorious and awarded with various prizes included signed books, vouchers and even Kindle Fire HD’s!
On Tuesday, all 36 Big Write winners were also invited on a special celebratory trip to the Science Museum, London, where they had exclusive use of the IMAX cinema.
Pupils had an ‘electrifying’ time at the Science Museum building ‘Rugged Rovers’, playing with light and shadows, as well as exploring the new Transmission exhibit: looking at how we can use our literacy in the modern age to ‘connect to communicate’. Of course, the highlight of the trip was putting on the 3D glasses to watch the film of choice: Undersea Adventures! Abigail Wells in Year 8 said: ‘I really enjoyed the IMAX experience!’ and Thomas Walker in Year 10 said that the trip was: ‘A unique and fun opportunity’.
The Big Write forms a part of John Hanson’s drive to improve pupils’ literacy across the curriculum. Beth Hookey, Literacy Coordinator, said that: ‘The trip to the Science Museum was a great way to celebrate the outstanding work of our pupils, and reinforce the integral link between literacy and cross-curricular disciplines such as Science and Technology.’
John Hanson Community School would like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors of the Big Write 2015 for their generous sponsorship of prizes or donating their time. If you or your business would like to get involved in Big Write 2016 please contact Beth Hookey or Anna Robinson