Students at Deansrath Community College celebrated this World Book Day on 4 March by sharing their ‘love’ for reading. Although, many students are now taking part in remote learning they have been meeting online to discuss their favourite books and aim to inspire people of all ages to take up reading.
Chantelle, a student in third year recommended historical novel Once by Morris Glietzman, “what made this book interesting was that my English teacher also teaches History so whilst reading the book we were also finding out facts about the second World War”. Her classmate Emil, stated that fantasy is his favourite genre because “it helps me connect with the characters and I get to feel emotions I know I would never feel in the real world”.
Transition year student Lauren’s favourite book is Stay with me by Jessica Cunsolo and she offered some good advice remarking “I think reading can help people a lot in lockdown because it’s an escape from reality. It’s good to sit down with a book to get lost in and keep your mind off things”.
As for their teacher, Mr. Corbett? “My favourite read from the lockdown period would have be The Hill, which is the autobiography from GAA all-star Bernard Brogan”. The students are busy compiling an anthology of their lockdown reflections and reading experiences which will be kept in the school library for future generations.