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Readathon at Rose Hill Westonbirt

PUBLISHED: 08:15 24 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:56 20 February 2013

Readathon at Rose Hill Westonbirt

Readathon at Rose Hill Westonbirt

Rose Hill Westonbirt today welcomed Brough Girling, the Founder of Readathon – the UK's National Sponsored Reading Event – to its school assembly to launch its participation in Readathon.

Rose Hill Westonbirt today welcomed Brough Girling, the Founder of Readathon the UKs National Sponsored Reading Event to its school assembly to launch its participation in Readathon.

The sponsored Readathon boosts literacy skills by giving all pupils boys and girls a powerful incentive to read recreationally. Every year thousands of schools across the UK take part. The money raised through Readathon helps two charities, CLIC Sargent and The Roald Dahl Foundation. CLIC Sargent supports children and young people with cancer and The Roald Dahl Foundation spend their money on offering practical assistance to children and young people in the areas of neurology and haematology.

Young bookworms at Rose Hill Westonbirt School will be reading their way through as many books as they can during the half-term break up until World Book Day on Thursday, March 3rd. As well as raising money for the charities, a percentage of the money raised goes back to the school in the form of free books, with vouchers from Scholastic Books.
Brough Girling, himself a friend of Roald Dahl, explained how Roald had encountered one of his (Roalds) own idols Beatrix Potter when he was just a young boy and Beatrix Potter an elderly lady; an encounter between two famous authors (although apparently Beatrix was not overly keen on children in her old age and sent Roald packing!).

Brough Girling commented, reading and mathematics are both life skills but it is sometimes easy to forget that reading is also a hobby and something which we can all do as a recreation without it being a chore. Reading for fun is what Readathon is all about and I am delighted that Rose Hill Westonbirt has decided to take part.

Headmaster of Rose Hill Westonbirt, Neil Shaw, stressed the importance of encouraging young children to read more: we are committed to engaging pupils here to improve their literacy and numeracy and the Readathon is a great way of encouraging the children to read more books of their own choice, while also helping two childrens charities. Pupils enjoy a varied curriculum here, including an Outdoor Education Programme in which pupils spend two periods a week in the spinney, where they develop key skills (such as literacy and numeracy) in a safe, stimulating and creative environment.

As well as Readathon, Brough Girling has also set up Read Well which helps children in hospital by giving them books and getting story tellers to read to them. Read Well has already been established in Bristol and Birmingham and Brough hopes to roll it out in every hospital in the future.

Rose Hill Westonbirts next Open Morning will take place on Saturday, May 14th (9:30am 12:30pm). Please call our Registrar, Pat Davis, on 01666 881375 for further details or visit

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