‘Busy and enjoyable’ week for Chichester girls’ school

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READING, writing and talking were celebrated at Chichester High School for Girls during a special week-long Literacy Festival.

Highlights included visits from popular children’s author Lauren St John and local author Ed Hogan. Both talked about how they approach writing fiction.

Susan Mulkern, the festival organiser, said: “The Literacy Festival was a busy and enjoyable week for the whole school.”

As well as special guest visits, the school held a debate run by Year 9 girls and chaired by head girl Hillary Keyamo, Other events included a lunchtime Manga event where Year 10 and 11 pupils competed to go through to the National Poetry By Heart competition regional final.

“The author visits were well received,” said Mrs Mulkern.

“The debate, on the subject of how women are portrayed in pop videos, was very lively and our first inter-house Spelling Bee was a fun finale. I think the Literacy Festival will be an annual event from now on.”

The Poetry By Heart competition was won by Year 10 pupil Lydia Cronin. The grand final Inter House Spelling Bee winner was 13-year-old Ellie Beames.