President Iain Farquharson-Welsh presented 32 new dictionaries this week to children from Year Four at St Peter’s C of E School, Burmantofts.
The occasion was an assembly led by Headteacher, Liz Holliday, on the subject, appropriately enough, of Christian Aid Week and the opportunity to share with others less fortunate.
In a short speech extolling the book above the tablet or computer, Ian pointed out that it needs no batteries or signal, no time to load up or go wrong and could be left with a book mark inserted to resume reading in an instant. Any small piece of paper would serve as a bookmark. Indeed he had once found in a book from a Shetland public library, a rasher of bacon marking the place left off! One hopes that Year Four will treat their new dictionaries with more care.
The Usborne Children’s dictionary has over two thousand illustrations and were purchased under the Dictionaries 4 Life scheme run by Basingstoke Rotary Club. This gift coincides with the enrichment of the School library with the gift of over 50 new reading books by Mrs Vanda Cleary and her husband and the visit of School Governor, Rtn Chris Walbank, to explore the school library and visit the Reading Club held every Tuesday.