On April 20th, students at Mackay were treated to a special assembly focused on the value of books and the important role that reading can have on our lives. After students arrived to the gymnasium, Department of English Head Alfredo Calderón spoke to them about how influential Shakespeare has been in shaping our modern language. He then showed an inspirational film about how books can shape our imaginations in unexpected ways. The students then observed as Vicente Gonzalez gave a powerful rendition of the very iconic scene 3 of Shakespeare’s Hamlet “To be, or not to be.”
After the assembly, students of the 6th and 7th grades went to the auditorium for a presentation from renowned Chilean science fiction author Marcelo Novoa. A native of Valparaiso, Marcelo talked about the importance of writing through ones imagination and how many times the truth of how the world works is often stranger than fiction. After his presentation, Marcelo answered a series of questions from a group of students that was very eager to learn more about his work.