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“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”
― Annie Dillard

World Book Week at the Teresian School

We have just completed an action-packed World Book Week at the Teresian School and our love of books was evident in the variety of activities put on by both the Junior and the Secondary Schools.

Class 3 at RTE Jr.

Before World Book Week even began, our Class 3 girls helped Niamh McManus launch her podcast, We Love Books.  Niamh returned to the Teresian School on World Book Day to talk with the girls about the characters they had chosen to dress up as. Have a listen here:

We Love Books can be found on Spotify, Apple or wherever you listen.

David Wiesner Visit

On Friday, the 28th of February, we welcomed illustrator and writer David Wiesner to the library to talk with our Class 6 girls, as well as our first and second year art students. David was in town as part of the IBBY Ireland symposium Louder than Words, and was kind enough to come in to talk with our students about his creative process, He had a captivated audience in our group! You can learn more about David’s creative process on his website.


David Wiesner visit to the Teresian School


Storytelling with Niall de Burca 

Storyteller Niall de Burca delighted students and staff alike with a session each for the Junior and Secondary Schools. Niall’s enthusiasm captivated the attention of everyone, and had us all in stitches!

Watch a bit of Niall in action here.  He is welcome back anytime!

Niall de Burca at the Teresian School


Oisín McGann Talk

Oisín talked to the girls from Class 4 and Class 5 about creative writing, the importance of writing down your ideas as they come to you and about the importance of libraries. He also told us about his career so far as an author/illustrator and what it’s like to make your living just by writing and drawing using your imagination. He told us about his two most recent projects, “The Accidental Adventures of Onion O’Brien” series written by comedian Jason Byrne, which Oisin illustrated, and “Race the Atlantic Wind”, a female-centred reimagining of the story of Alcock & Brown. Last but not least, he did a live illustration of his ‘Mad Grandad’ character and of ‘Onion O’Brien’ while answering questions from our students.

Harry Potter Evening

Our wonderful librarian Robin hosted a Harry Potter evening in the library for our Junior School girls. The students were sorted into their appropriate Hogwarts houses by the Sorting Hat and then had to work with their houses of Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, or Hufflepuff to answer questions and complete tasks. It was a very close call between Gryffindor and Slytherin, but Slytherin came out on top in the end. It was a great evening for our Potterheads, and they all walked away with souvenirs from the challenge.

Junior School Spelling Bee

A spelling bee took place in the Junior School on Wednesday 4th of March. Our librarian, Robin was the official adjudicator on the day. Five girls from class 5 went head to head with five girls from class 6.  After a few difficult spellings, Olivia Fahey kept her nerve and was victorious.
Olivia will go on to represent the school in the Dublin County Spelling Bee on Thursday 19th March.

Spelling Bee  

Competitions in the Secondary School

There was certainly no shortage of opportunities for our Secondary School students to get involved in Book Week. There were loads of competitions throughout the week, and many thanks to the Parents Council for their generous sponsorship of all the prizes, which were awarded on World Book Day, Thursday.


WHAT IF: Students could submit a paragraph to answer the question, ‘What if you could take a character from one book and place them into another book – who would it be and where would you put them?’

RUNNER UP: Catriona Duffy – 1V

1ST PRIZE: Anna Keane – 5V

What If winners

The fabulous cake Anna is holding was made by one of our incredible parents, Sinead, and was shared with all of 5V.


CATCH YOUR PET READING: Students and staff could submit a photo of their pet reading. Some pretty cute photos in this category!

WINNER: Skye Hamilton – 1V (a reading SNAKE?!?)

GUESS WHO IS READING: Secondary staff took a photo of themselves with a book cover in front of their faces and students had to guess who it was. Not as easy as it sounds…

WINNERS: Louisa Quinn & Julia Holmes – 1S

BOOK BAKE: Students baked some amazing creations for the Book Bake contest – some real talent here!

RUNNER UP: Siofra Delaney – 3V

1st Prize: Astrid Alpamo – 1V

Teresian Book Bakes

BEST DRESSED: The highlight of World Book Week is when our students get to dress up as a character from a book on World Book Day. The Secondary School made it a contest, and the Junior School did it for the craic. So many creative costumes on the day!

Winners for Secondary School :

JUNIOR (1st – 3rd Year): Individual: Eve Higgins – ‘Strawberry Short Cake’ – 3S

Group: The Dictionary – 2S

SENIOR (4th – 6th Year): Individual: Amy Maguire – ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ – 6V

Group: Scooby Doo – 6th Year


It was a fabulous week all around. Huge thanks to all of our teachers, students and parents for getting stuck in and making it the great week it was!

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