Wednesday, 4th December 2013
On Thursday 21st November we were delighted to welcome celebrated children’s author and former children’s laureate Michael Morpurgo, who had so generously agreed to officially open our school.
Michael was formally welcomed by our Book Club, and then began with a reading some of his short stories, followed by a Q&A session which the students had been excitedly preparing for. Afterwards, he carried out the official opening ceremony, enlisting our students’ help to cut a ribbon and unveil a plaque which we had made to commemorate the occasion.
Here, in our students’ words, is how it felt to be there.
This has been a marvellous, momentous and memorable occasion and I feel privileged to have been part of it. We were in the hall waiting anxiously for Michael to arrive. Then, suddenly he walked straight past me. He was wearing red trousers a red jacket and a grey shirt. He took out a book and asked us if any of us had read it, many of us said yes and he threw it on the floor in frustration – it was very funny! Miss Harrison picked it up and insisted on him reading it. He read beautifully with such expression and calm. After the story we had a Q&A session and I got to ask a question! I asked him about his goals and he wisely told me goals are never reached, which I thought was very clever. We then went outside to reveal our plaque and cut the ribbon. Arsham had shaved his hair as part of our school fundraising for Michael’s charity, Farms for City Children, and he was chosen to pull the cord by Michael. It was such a great experience. I think it was very kind of Michael to come to our school. He was very funny and I think everyone will remember it forever.
Once he arrived we asked him a variety of questions. After we finished our mini Q&A session we went into the hall. The atmosphere was amazing; it was just like walking into a One Direction concert, only with a better celebrity! He read to us from his collection of short stories and it was beautiful. I will always remember the afternoon that Michael Morpurgo came to see us.
We waited in the hall……the atmosphere was full of excitement and tension. We sat like rockets waiting to explode. He explained how happy and honoured he was to be opening our marvellous school.
He answered our questions and told us about the new book he is working on, called “Listen to the Moon”. It’s about a warship that was hit by a torpedo in the Second World War, and how a little girl survives and is found floating in the sea on top of a piano. It sounds like such a stunning story and I know we cannot wait to read it.
Our thanks go to Michael for making our official opening such an unforgettable event.
Thursday, 28th November 2013
“.. the stories which range across the oceans are the ones that are mostly about travelling the world in the biggest sense, in the most epic sense and I wrote one called Alone in A Wide Wide Sea and this is because I discovered that just after the Second World War thousands and I mean thousands of children who were not wanted in the country, they were either orphans or there were parents who couldn’t keep their children ...
… so the Government decided and lots charitable organisations decided, look we’ve got to find homes for them in other parts of the world and that Australia and Canada and places, they were terrific because there were parents there who had no children of their own and they wanted to adopt these children….
… so they put these children, I mean thousands of them, on ships in places like Liverpool and they sailed across the ocean to the other side …
… I thought I might like to write a story about one of those young kids who went across to Australia and things happen to them in Australia and eventually they find some degree of happiness.”
Watch Michael talk about the adventures that inspired his stories around the theme of Voyages
Monday, 25th November 2013
Don’t miss out:
A young girl faces an impossible task – to save her beloved France from tyrants. To free her country, Joan will lose everyone she has ever loved. But she listens to her heart and believes in her calling.
Homeless and lost in a dark, strange forest, young Robin is rescued by a motley crew of misfits. He yearns to avenge his father and seek justice against cruel oppressors, to finally defeat the Sheriff of Nottingham, once and for all.
Antonito lives an idyllic life on his parent’s bull farm in Andalucia, Spain. But the idyll is shattered when he realises that his beloved bull calf, Paco, is destined for the bloody struggle of the bullring.
Kaspar the cat first came to the Savoy Hotel in a basket - Johnny Trott knows, because he was the one who carried him in. Events are set in motion that will take Johnny - and Kaspar - all around the world. Everything changes with a cat like Kaspar around, the only cat, as far as anyone know, to survive the sinking of the Titanic . . .
In the theme of Voyages, this week’s Morpurgo Month ereader offer is Running Wild, the incredible story of Will and his mother who travel to Indonesia for a new start following the death of Will’s father. But when the tsunami comes crashing in, Oona, the elephant Will is riding on, begins to run. Except that when the tsunami is gone, Oona just keeps on running. With nothing on his back but a shirt and nothing to sustain him but a bottle of water, Will must learn to survive deep in the jungle. Luckily, though, he’s not completely alone . . . He’s got Oona.
To find out more about the theme of Voyages in Michael’s books, watch this special video and listen to him talk about the inspiration behind his writing:
Monday, 25th November 2013
It’s the final days of Michael Morpurgo Month and we have plenty to help you celebrate. As well as turning our focus to voyages for the final six days of November, there’s a chance to get four Michael Morpurgo classics for just 99p below.
Pick up a bargain today and read four of Michael Morpurgo’s wonderful titles for just 99p each!