It is always wonderful to make return visits to schools…and that is why I was so excited to be asked back to The Angmering School in West Sussex to help them celebrate the end of term in style.
I was invited to talk to all the Year Sevens and as well as chatting about symbols and signs and the power of books, I got to talk about being in Year Seven and how to develop a dream! My writing dream really took off for me in my own Year Seven and it was lovely to talk about this and how you are never too young (or too old) to set yourself a challenge you hope to fulfil.
Af the end of the talk I had the privilege of awarding prizes and certificates to creative writers and hard-working readers and what struck me most was the fabulous way the students celebrated with each other and encouraged one another’s successes.
This lovely sense of encouragement carried on as I worked with a small group developing creative writing ideas inspired by the stories I’d written. I was blown away by the thoughtful suggestions from the students…and was so excited to spend extra time chatting though lunch hearing their wonderful suggestions.
After lunch it was time to meet the transition students who will be joining the school in September – the new Year Sevens. The school had arranged a wonderful treat for them …and for me. Each student was given a copy of Secret Breakers The Power of Three to read over the summer…and I got the chance to sign these and to see them given out. I’m not sure I have ever had such a thrilling experience on a visit as seeing all these students take their books away with them at the end of their exciting day.
And the whole day itself was topped off by the beautiful displays the librarians had put together to support my stories. There were amazing. Just look at all the details they managed to include.
So…what a fantastic visit to end the term on.
I am so grateful for all the opportunities I have had to share my adventures with readers across the country this year…and I’m already looking forward to sharing more adventures when the new school year begins!