This week we held our first in-person reading morning in two years. For the previous two years we brought some of our groups together on Zoom to share some of the pieces they had written. However, the act of standing up and reading aloud in a packed room is something that is much more powerful. It took some great confidence and true courage to stand up and read the words that they once found difficult.
We are so proud of all of our students! For many, they have been working all year on improving their reading and it was their first time to read aloud. All of our students read words they had written themselves. Some of the stories were about coming back to learning, SOME about the country they came from and left behind, stories about family and the people in their lives who are important to them, a story about holidays and a poem.
Empowering and transformative.
Here is what some students said about the experience:
“On Tuesday we had our reading day. I was a little nervous. But then I saw my group. I was proud of my friends too. Thanks so much for helping me.” Frewoini
“We had a reading morning. Everyone was super at reading their piece.” Tony
“On Tuesday, we had a reading morning. Everyone was very good. My pals were very good at the reading. I am so proud of them!” Mags
“I like the reading morning. It makes me learn more spelling. I felt very happy with myself. I felt very happy with myself. I was proud of myself. I can read more.” Catherine
“I think the reading morning went very well – to see all the students reading their pieces. It must make the tutors proud of the students and to show Mary and the rest of the staff how they are getting on.” Martin