Children in the Middle and Junior school were treated to some very special guests on World Book Day. Bella and Freya, who are two beautiful golden retrievers were brought into school by well-known children’s author, Megan Rix.
The dogs demonstrated how to retrieve and assist people in need, and Megan explained how to interpret body language from the dogs to understand different emotions, which the children transferred to their writing. Megan Rix’s books feature dogs or animals as the main protagonists, and usually have a historical setting. Children in Year 6 had a workshop on how to write a storyboard for a television series, and Year 5 wrote stories from the perspective of a dog. Some wonderfully imaginative writing was produced and a fun time was had by the children.
For their World Book Day celebrations, children in the Senior School were treated a very different author visit. Chris Bradford, author of The Bodyguard series of books, as well as The Young Samurai series, demonstrated some exciting self-defence techniques to the girls and boys, as well as manoeuvres used by bodyguards.
By his own admission, Chris is a 'method writer' and fully believes that in order to give his stories and characters credibility, he immerses himself in their world. To that end, Chris is a trained bodyguard, and is qualified in the art of jujitsu, as well as having had training in Japan as a samurai! He created quite a buzz with his exciting reading and re-enactment of scenes from his books, as well as his impressive spy gear and martial arts moves. Some children even had the privilege of being Chris’ bodyguard and protecting him from some potentially crazed fans! It was a visit by a dynamic, engaging author which the children will remember for quite some time!