CHS World Record Event
Hundreds of colourful, make-believe characters came to life at Chiswick House School, as pupils and staff tried to break the Guinness World RecordTM for the largest ever gathering of people dressed as different storybook characters.
Principal, Patrick Tabone, explained that the aim of the event was not simply to break an existing record, but, more importantly, to excite the children about books and reading, as well as increase their appreciation of literature.
A range of characters were chosen from over sixty different books from Maltese and English children's literature. Throughout the scholastic year, in preparation for this event, teachers worked hard to introduce new authors and books to the children at all levels. Children were encouraged to read the books of the character they represented. For the purposes of the record, all characters were different and needed to have first appeared in books. The complete character list had to be pre-approved by Guinness World RecordsTM.
Three independent judges had the task of overseeing the whole event and reporting back to Guinness World RecordsTM for final approval. These judges were Dr Joe Borg (former European Commissioner and Chairman of the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies), Mr. Adrian Hillman (Director at the Times of Malta) and Mr Sergio Grech (Executive Director, National Book Council). Breaking the world record was certainly the highlight of Chiswick House School's intensive literacy programme for this scholastic year.