Form I Picnic in the park

The annual Form I Picnic in the Park became the Picnic in the Library as a result of Johannesburg’s enviable soft, soaking rains. Each class came to school dressed in picnic-worthy outfits, which included sunhats, sunglasses and slops. Some girls enthusiastically embraced the out-of-class opportunity and arrived laden with picnic baskets and blankets. The best-dressed girl in each class received a St Mary’s picnic blanket.

The purpose of the picnic was to expose the Form I girls to the wonderful range of teen fiction genres available. Mrs Douglas piled the library tables with tantalising titles to meet the diverse and discerning reading palates. The girls were encouraged to browse through the selection thoughtfully before choosing a novel.

The drinks and food tables groaned under the weight of the delicious picnic treats provided by the girls. Watermelon slices, meringue clouds and chocolate – everything was on offer. With an icy cup of juice, a plate of food and a good book, the girls explored the nooks and crannies of the library to find a perfect reading spot. The Form I teachers hope that this is the beginning of a long and lasting love of the library.

Form I English Teacher: Belinda Williams