15 September 2016

They’ve got a golden library ticket – Sutton pupils celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday

No book ever ends when it’s full of your friends”

 Well-read pupils at Hill West Primary School (pictured above with teaching assistant Avril ‘Willy Wonka’ Anderson and Kerry-Lynn Lampitt) have been taking a leaf out of Roald Dahl’s book at the grand opening of the schools’ new library.

Following major refurbishment works on their key stage 2 building, the launch coincided with celebrations for Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday. Children got into the spirit of the occasion by dressing up as characters from some of the author’s popular stories.

Once the library was declared officially open by Hill West’s librarian, Kerry-Lynn Lampitt, children took turns to visit the library and to enjoy some of its incredible books.

Year 4 pupil, Jonathan Williams, said “It was a great day and really fun, the library is fantastic and an awesome place to visit.”


When the reception class visited they learnt all about the special book worm who lives in the library and that he only comes out when the children look after the library really well.

Children in year 2 listened to an extract from Roald Dahl’s ‘The Twits’ while other children were investigating their favourite stories and exploring some of the sections of the library that have been reserved for some of their favourite authors.

Mia Chung in year 4 said: “I love reading The Twits and I like how Roald Dahl uses adjectives and makes words up.”

Mrs Lampitt said: “Being the librarian at Hill West Primary is such an honour, I love that all the children are excited about our grand re-opening, and hope that it inspires a lifelong passion for books.”

Stuart Lackenby, assistant headteacher, said: “We’re looking forward to inviting all of our parents to come and have a look at our new library so that they can enjoy this wonderful resource with their children.”

But the final word must go to the man himself:

So please, oh please, we beg, we pray go throw your TV set away and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall…”