On Your Books, Get Set, Go!

Who can escape the magic of a great story that comes to life through a good reader? Cornelia Funke addresses this ability in her novel “Inkheart” and fascinates readers of all ages. Her novel has been translated into many languages and made into a film. The story of her novel heroes Meggie and Mo, who can “read” characters from books, enabling them to change from the fictitious to the real world, inspired a wide audience. Again this year, year 1 Secondary School pupils explored these novel heroes. As part of the nationwide reading aloud competition, the pupils trained and proved their magical abilities to bring stories to life.

Since October, the S1 German classes have been selecting the best readers. Pupils who wanted to take part in the reading competition faced the vote in class with readings from their favourite books – and tried to inspire their fellow pupils with their choice of books. Because before they gave a three-minute taste of their self-chosen book, they introduced the story and heroes of their book - which at best made their classmates want to read the book themselves.

The class winners who were chosen in class competed in the next round for the overall school winner on the 4th December 2018. In the John-Peryer room, they competed against and with each other in two rounds for the title of best reader. In the first round, they read a self-chosen passage from one of their favourite books. In the second round, they had to prove their skills by reading a unknown text chosen by the organisers of the competition. The reading performance was impressive. It was certainly not easy for the three-member jury, consisting of last year's winner Mara Banyai as well as Mrs Gassner and Mrs Gehring, to choose the “best” reader.

Finally, the school winners were determined: Lasse Schenke who read from “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone” by J. K. Rowling. He will represent our school in the next round in January/February at the district level. Good luck! The second place went Arianna Schmidt-Kärst. The third place was scored by Lydia Myrthes Menescal Heath with a reading sample Cornelia Funke’s “Ink Heart”.

In the end, however, everyone was a winner – not only the winners, but also the other participants, who received book vouchers, ranging from 10 to 50 Euros, but also the audience members in class and the jury members, who were able to get to know impressive reading performances and enchanting books.