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Students celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday!

Stamford High School English department have spent the week celebrating William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. Students from across the school have taken part in a continuous reading of Hamlet every lunchtime with the aim of getting as far through the text as possible and involving everyone in the school!

Each day, students and staff have turned up to participate,  sometimes reading a part in a whole scene, or just a few lines, with the aim of giving everyone present at that session something to read. The week ended with some of the staff and students dressing up in costumes of the period for the Friday reading.

English Teacher at Stamford High School, Isla Matthews, said: “Everyone who came along greatly enjoyed the readings and wished they could go on, as we succeeded in getting only to Act 3. But in the process we have discovered some real talents, and some very impressive reading by young pupils not yet very familiar with the words of the Bard. Happy Birthday, Mr Shakespeare, from your devotees at Stamford High School!" 

Staff and students have also been raising money for The Globe Theatre company by taking part in a Shakespeare quiz for £1. All the funds raised will support the Globe’s incredible venture of taking their production of Hamlet to every country in the world.