“Out, damned spot! Out, I say!”
In the high school general assembly held last Oct. 3, 2016, a band of teachers and students performed famous lines from famous literary works. The audience experienced a “lit mob” (flash mob), starting with a full monologue of Lady Macbeth’s bloody scene in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, followed by key lines from The Devil Wears Prada, Catcher in the Rye, Cask of Amontillado, The Little Prince, Lord of the Flies, Fahrenheit 451, and Romeo and Juliet.
Every year, the High School English department spearheads a literary event called Xavier School Teen Read Week (XS TRW). This event roots from the national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The event extends to a month-long literacy campaign.
TRW 2016: Frontiers in LiteraXSy was officially launched in the assembly, with the primary goal of promoting literacy in various aspects (reading, social media, film, etc.). This is coupled with the 400th death anniversary of William Shakespeare, the Father of English Literature. Along with the launch was the announcement of the winner of the TRW 2016 logo contest, John Mactal (10C), whose artwork will be used for all TRW 2016 events. The exciting events lined up for the month are:
Oct. 3 – 7: “Eyes Look Before They Listen” (EED Storytelling by G7 Students)
Oct. 3 – 28: The Frontiers in LiteraXSy Book Drive
Oct. 10: Literary Bingo at the LRC
Oct. 12: Film Literacy, a talk by Nick Deocampo (a faculty development activity)
Oct. 14: Scavenger Hunt at the LRC
Oct. 19: “LIT” (an open mic literary event)
Oct. 28: Year level batch showcases and the TRW 2016 Dress Me Literary (DML) Program and Parade
More details about these events will be posted on the XS TRW official social networking accounts:
The following hashtags will be used for all the events:
#xstrw2016 #xsreadeverywhere #litislife
As the program in the high school assembly came to a close, a video of various teachers and students sharing their insights on reading was shown. This concluded with Xaverians shouting the official catchphrase of TRW 2016:
“READ FOR THE FUN OF IT!”