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Pupils dress up as super sleuths

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CONAN Doyle would have been proud.

The former Portsmouth GP, who created Sherlock Holmes, would have delighted in the crime-solving powers of this young group of detectives.

Youngsters at Mayville High School in Southsea marked the end of book week by dressing as their favourite sleuths.

The theme was picked because of Arthur Conan Doyle, the world-famous detective author who used to live in the city.

Pupils in the younger years took part in a number of activities including writing their own mystery novels and taking part in a treasure hunt solving clues, but their favourite activity was creating their own deerstalkers.

Jennifer Lewis, head of the junior and pre-prep school, said: ‘It’s been a full-on week but the kids really enjoyed it.

‘We saw lots of Velmas and Scooby Doos and the Sherlock outfits are great.

‘For a lot of them, they had never looked at a murder-mystery type of story before.

‘We do touch on specific genres in our English lessons but to have a whole week gives the children the chance to delve that little bit deeper and look at something different. They were able to write their own mysteries either in the form of a newspaper article, a novel or a play. They also got to create wanted posters which were fantastic.’

Several competitions were held during the week with the winners announced during an assembly on Friday.

This was the first year Mayville High School had a theme for the week.

Ernest Mason, 10, said: ‘It was nice to have a theme this year instead of everyone dressing up as any book characters. I liked to see who my friends were.’

The school was visited by Michael Gunton, Portsmouth City Museum archivist who looks after the Arthur Conan Doyle collection.

 

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