200 pupils at Cathedral School in Redcross Way will dress up in tiger costumes this Friday as part of a month-long initiative to raise funds and awareness for tiger conservation projects.
Concerned that there are only 4,000 wild tigers left in the World, pupils will be undertaking a fundraising and awareness challenge called ROAR! Read, Observe and Rescue.
All money raised will go to 21st Century Tiger, the Zoological Society of London's tiger conservation project.
The school will celebrate World Book Day a day late on Friday 2 March with all 200 pupils invited to dress in tiger costumes instead of their usual uniform.
During the month pupils will take part in challenges to obtain sponsorship for the number of books they read about tigers and animal conservation.
Highlights of the programme include a tiger poetry and writing workshop by the poet Ruth Padel, Charles Darwin's great great grand-daughter, author of Tigers in Red Weather.
The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark, will lead a spiritual workshop based on William Blake's poem The Tyger.
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