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St John Fisher Catholic Academy, Hackenthorpe has seen lots of excitement recently.  The school has a smart new entrance and reception area.  Then earlier this year Bishop John officially opened the new school library.

St John Fisher school opens its new Library with the help of Bishop John Rawsthorne

Frank Barratt, headteacher of St John Fisher Catholic Academy is delighted with the school’s well equipped new library.  He is very grateful to the school’s new Parents, Teachers and Friends Association, which played such a key role in the project to develop the library.

Mr Barratt said, “I’ve always had been passionate about books and reading.  We knew a well equipped library was something which could motivate and inspire our pupils.  The effort put into this by the Parents, Teachers and Friends Association was simply amazing.

“We now have an attractive and tranquil place where children can read and relax.  The children are responding well.  We also plan to open the library for 30 minutes before and after school, to give parents and carers time to read with their youngsters.”

The development of the library was given a further boost on World Book Day, when dozens of book characters were brought to life by the children.  The classrooms were filled with superheroes, princesses, pirates, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Harry Potter as children and adults dressed up as their favourite book character.

Donna Murphy, Chairman of the school’s Parent, Teacher and Friends’ Association, said, “There were all kinds of superheroes and fairy princesses in school, a really good mix.  All day the pupils were reading in school and we sold books as well.”

Afterwards, a Parent, Teacher and Friends Association spokeswoman said, “The PTFA would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents.  The children looked fantastic and we hope they enjoyed the day.  We raised more than £200, which will be put towards the library.”

Photographs of World Book Day by Dean Atkins, courtesy The Star, www.thestar.co.uk.