We have a long tradition of welcoming renowned authors to the school and this week we were delighted that Gareth Jones, a Blue Peter award winning author of over 40 books for children of all ages, visited our school.
A highly engaging and fun presenter Gareth used his skills as a festival performer to talk and sing to the children about Ninja Meerkats, Steampunk Pirates, Dragon Detectives, murderous twins, Victorian illusionists, dinosaur parties and Death or Ice cream?
All the children were captivated and had many many questions for Gareth about his books, his career, his writing, characters and storylines. Mrs Suzanne Wood the school librarian who organised the visit said ‘The chance to hear directly from authors is always incredibly special. To hold a book and be able to speak to the person who wrote it creates a wonderful real life link between the writing the children do in school and the books they read.’
Mrs Griffiths, headteacher, said ‘Gareth was very funny and able to relate his stories and experience to our 4 year old reception children as well as our 11 year old year 6s. His message about channelling emotions into writing fits perfectly with our school writing approach which actively encourages all children to be ‘authors’.”
The school welcomed a local bookseller ‘Harts’ from Saffron Walden to the school at the end of the day and children were able to buy a selection of Gareth’s books, which he then signed. Thank you to our parents for supporting us and helping us raise £140 for our library.