Magical World Book Day with Leon Anderson at St.Nessan's CC

On Wednesday 6thMarch, St Nessan’s Community College celebrated World Book Day in a very magical way.   World Book Day is the biggest celebration of books and reading ever mounted in Ireland. The main aim is to encourage students to explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. Each 1st, 2nd and 3rd Year student received flip book-2 books in one! Seven specially produced World Book Day books have been published and again O’Mahony’s have generously sent out enough copies of these books for all our 1st, 2nd and 3rd Years.

Itinerary: Leon Anderson.

We kicked off the day with an extended assembly for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Years, which included distribution of WBD books by the class prefects.

Then Leon Anderson brought a touch of magic to the day. Moyross illusionist Leon Anderson has proved he’s a class act when it comes to helping youngsters get a grip with lessons. Leon has developed a system of using magic to help pupils learn. Leon showed with his ‘Class Magic’ programme the students at St. Nessan’s College, how literacy and numeracy can be both fun and educational. The ‘Class Act’ programme helps children in mainstream schools as well as children with difficulties such as ADHD and Autism. He has also worked with youngsters involved with Ceim ar Cheim Garda service in the city where he gives classes in magic once a week. The father of five first noticed how magic helped children with difficulties in concentrating when showing children he knew how to do magic tricks. The students were totally engaged and mesmerized by Leon and he invited many willing participants up on stage to assist with his acts.

All the Classes entered the many competitions that were held during the course of the day--design a Bookmark competition, write a book review and design a Book cover competition. Results and winners will be posted over the coming days. The highlight of the day was the visit by renowned local writer from Crecora, author & novelist Bob Burke whose novels and short stories are nationally and internationally acclaimed. He is widely sought after for readings and workshops here in Ireland. He is a writer of teenage fiction and his books, The Third Detective Agency was well received here in the school. He was really delighted with the response from the students here at the school and gave several talks and workshops to all our students and read from his 3 published books.

Leon Anderson performs a trick with students Tyrone Fitzgerald and Aaron Brosnan during World Book Day launch.