Charlie and his Chocolate Factory takes over Hawley Place School for World Book Day

On Thursday the school celebrated World Book Day and turned the Senior School into Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The pupils dressed up as characters from the book and there were a huge array of activities that took place to mark the day.

Mrs Wright organised a game at break time where the pupils had to hunt the school for golden tickets to win a prize.

Mrs Mansell tasked the Year 9’s with inventing a chocolate bar.

There was a chocolate fountain set up at lunch time so the pupils had an opportunity to dip and indulge.

“The fountain was set up in the bandstand and there were lots of delicious kebabs with marshmallow, doughnuts and strawberries. The chocolate was spilling over the edges making the fountain look incredibly scrummy! We chose a kebab and smothered it in warm melting chocolate. There were lots of faces covered in chocolate but all of them were smiling! The whole day was amazing with loads of other amazing treats!” Natasha, Year 7.

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The office all dressed up as golden tickets and ran a ‘golden ticket’ competition where pupils had the chance to guess who the winning ticket was to win a chocolate bar.

Ms Parducci was dressed as the winning ticket and the first correct entry to be pulled from the box was Lauren K – 7P. We had a whopping 72 entries. Thank you to all who entered. And congratulations to Lauren!

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In the run up to World Book Day there was also a decorate-a-door challenge.

“Each form room had to work as a team to produce a decorated door based on a famous book. Everyone had 2 weeks to create a door. All the doors were amazing!” Ella-Jade, Year 7.

7H did The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, 7P did Mary Poppins, 8H did The Demon Headmaster, 8P did The Wizard of Oz, 8S did Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 9H did The Maze Runner, 9P did The Gruffalo, 10H did Where’s Wally, 10P did The Dictionary for Success, 11H did The Lord of the Flies, 11P did The Memoirs of a Geisha and 11S did Snow White.

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Mrs Hill and Mr Stone judged the competition and 9H won with ‘The Maze Runner’ door. Congratulations!

Year 6, 7 and Year 8 were treated to a literacy, story writing and storytelling workshop from the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory education team.

In the workshop the pupils were asked taught about various drama techniques to start a story taking inspiration from the characters, setting and objects in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory story.

“First up we played a game, as a warm up, called stuck in the mud. Next to help with our dramatic movement we were arranged into groups then told to create a certain letter, object or shape with our bodies. Finally we received a piece of paper and a pen and started to spread out into spaces so we could really feel relaxed and express our imagination. We then created our very own version of Charlie Bucket and created our own imaginative family and back story.” Carys W, Year 7.


 In the evening pupils from Year 6 to Year 11 travelled by coaches into London to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the West End.

“The trip was unimaginable. When it came to the end scene my heart filled with joy. When it was time to go I was sad to leave but I had an amazing time.” Melissa P, Year 7.

The Prep school have been hosting a Book Fair all week and have raised a whopping £621.63 to spend on books for the school! Thank you to everyone for supporting the book fair.

Finally the day would not have been complete without the amazing costumes.

“Everyone’s costumes were outstanding there were huge varieties from Grandpa Joe, Willy Wonka, Golden Tickets, Oompa Loompas, Verruca Salt, Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee and Squirrels.” Abi S, Year 7.

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