My day started off with waiting for year five 5 to gather in the auditorium. A wonderful teacher, (I forget her name), came onto the stage and through a sequence of actions she got the whole audience participating and at the end we had a very calm and attentive group of children waiting for me to begin.
Thank you Catherine Jeffes for inviting me to Kennedy school. I spent a most enjoyable day at the school talking to years 111one, two, four and five. The children enjoyed my inspiration video, made some paper boats and learnt some Swahili too.
A memorable moment of the visit was when we talked about the music in the Africa video. A young boy, Oscar Green from year five said he knew how to sing an African song and that he was from South Africa. He very bravely came up onto the stage and sang for us. It was beautiful and it is moments like this that make it so rewarding to talk to children about my books and to inspire them to read more and write.
I also had positive feedback from the teachers. They said that the writing process part of my talk was very helpful and something they could use in class.
The staff at Kennedy were all very professional, friendly and helpful. I must thank Andy the technical support expert who stayed with me throughout the day to ensure that my slide show and video worked smoothly. The children asked plenty of questions and engaged well during the sessions.
The day resulted in a huge book order which has now been delivered, each book signed personally to each child. I would like to thank Hana Hesova who very kindly co-ordinated the book orders and delivery.
I look forward to visiting Kennedy school again with my fourth book in the near future.