Teachers and pupils at Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester took inspiration from hit TV show The Masked Singer to celebrate the joy of reading at a recent literacy event.
Staff became ‘Masked Readers’ for the day, donning a range of mysterious disguises to celebrate reading for pleasure.
The popular Saturday night TV show sees celebrities dress up in colourful costumes before taking to the stage to sing, asking judges to guess who is behind the mask based on several clues they are given. Staff at Saint Paul’s adapted the concept and were dressed in disguises while reading to the pupils online. The pupils then had to guess which teacher had been reading.
The staff were very creative with some their disguises, with retro wigs and a range of masks covering their faces.
“We like to remind students and staff of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives,” explained Mrs Irena Savova, the school’s librarian. “We want students to make reading a regular part of their routine and help them to develop a life-long love of reading. It is very important to instil in young people a need and desire to read.”
“We enjoy promoting reading across the school and see the benefits and pleasures it brings,” said Mr Jamie Sharrock, English teacher.
“Students who read, gain a greater understanding of the world in which they live, they learn to appreciate how writers use language for effect and they extend their repertoire of vocabulary.”
Picture: Guess who? One of the teachers in his mask.