VIDEO: Fun film lands Doncaster school £10,000 prize

  • School pupils land £10,000 prize
  • Hexthorpe wins World Book Day contest
  • Bumper haul of titles delivered to pupils by Waterstones
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Pupils at a Doncaster school can look forward to a new exciting chapter in the classroom - after winning a whopping £10,000 worth of books.

Hexthorpe Primary School scooped the blockbusting prize to mark World Book Day after coming up with a quirky fun film which won over the judges.

The movie, entitled “Books, we cannot live without ‘em” featured stop-start animation and pupils singing of their love of books.

Schools throughout the country were set the challenge to respond as creatively as possible to the statement ‘Why we can’t live without book’.

Schools could enter using any type of medium, with children from class 11 at Hexthorpe Primary deciding to write a fun song and create an animation to accompany it.

The judges, including bestselling author James Patterson, Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton and World Book Day director Kirsten Grant, decided that “the stop-motion animation and song were extremely original and fun and really answered the statement why we can’t live without books.”

Hexthorpe Primary School pupils have been award �10,00 worth of books as part of World Book Day

Hexthorpe Primary School pupils have been award �10,00 worth of books as part of World Book Day

The competition was made possible thanks to the generosity of bestselling author of the Middle School series, James Patterson, who said: “When I go out to speak to librarians or educators, I’ll say, ‘I’m here to save lives’, and I don’t think that’s an overstatement. If kids don’t become competent readers, they’ll have so much trouble getting through school.”

The books wered delivered by the Doncaster’s branch of Waterstones in the Frenchgate Centre.

If kids don’t become competent readers, they’ll have so much trouble getting through school

James Patterson, author