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A ‘whizz-banging’ Roald Dahl day in Prep School

The timeless tales of Roald Dahl, which have delighted children and adults alike for years, were brought to life today at Truro High Prep School.

Prep School dedicated an entire day to his books with activities galore, including learning how to draw an Oompa Loompa, inventing Dahl-esque words and designing a 3D version of the Enormous Crocodile.

Staff and pupils also dressed up as their favourite characters with among others, Matilda, Fantastic Mr Fox and Willy Wonka himself to celebrate national Roald Dahl Day.

The celebrations mark the centenary of the beloved children’s author who would have been 100 years old on September 13. Dahl is known for his hugely popular children’s books, like “Matilda”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “The BFG”, and “James and the Giant Peach”, in his writing career which spanned six decades.

It is estimated that around 200 million copies of his books have been sold globally, while his works are available in 58 languages.

Dahl wrote many of his most well-known stories in his garden shed. In honour of this very particular creative process, the girls took up residence in the school greenhouse as well as many other unusual writing locations for their English lessons.

Each pupil was also encouraged to make a donation to the Roald Dahl Marvellous Children’s Charity, which funds nurses, supporting seriously ill children and their families in the UK.

Elsewhere, in celebration of his birthday, the Oxford English Dictionary added some of the author’s iconic words to the dictionary, including splendiferous, frightsome, Oompa Loompa, witching hour, and scrumdiddlyumptious.

Published by: Grace Kennard

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