George RR Martin famously wrote "a reader lives a thousand lives before he dies... the man who never reads lives only one."
This week at CSIA, the written word has been celebrated, with whole-school reading, house Quidditch and even famous book characters teaching lessons!
As a whole school, we have embarked on reading 'Alone on a Wide Wide Sea' by Michael Morpurgo. During each lesson throughout World Book Week, teachers read the next instalment of the novel and students followed the twists and turns of the life of Arthur Hobhouse. From dizzying heights and adventures in Sydney to tragic lows, students were gripped in the tale - but we won't give away any spoilers here!
There were also World Book Day challenges in tutorial. In Years 7, 8 and 9, students created their own modern fairytale, incorporating their tutor and Heads of Key Stage. Wonderfully creative entries were submitted, including full movie trailers, storyboards and even an epic poem from 7D.
For all of the muggles at CSIA, Mr Ashley and the House Leaders organised a Quidditch tournament. Quidditch, of Harry Potter fame, is a fast-paced, tense team game played on broomsticks. The Sports Hall was packed every lunchtime with eager witches and wizards taking part to earn points for their respective houses. The catching of the Golden Snitch signalled the end of the game with a draw between Masai and Abenaki for the 2016 Quidditch Tournament.
The celebrations culminated in the staff and sixth form dress up day on Thursday 3 March. The competition for the best costume was, again, highly sought after with even bigger, bolder and more elaborate creations. Miss Newbury emerged victorious with an inventive Tin Man costume as well as Mr Gower for his ingenious War Horse inspired outfit. Additionally, the humanities department won the prize for the best department effort with some excellent Oompa-Loompas, the invisible man and the Godfather!