Yes, I along with Cora Groenwald and Evadeen Brickwood will be in the Eastern Cape from the 18-21st June visiting all manner of schools in East London, King Williamstown, Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth with our Schools Reading Road Show. SRRS.
Look out for us and give us a wave if you see us in your town or on the road.
We will be going into schools to deliver sponsored books (if you would like to sponsor 50 books for a school please contact me +27 722 477 101) we will also be reading to the children and doing short workshops with them to encourage them to read. 74% of grade 4’s in South Africa cannot read in their mother tongue! (PIRL Report Dec 2017) we have had a huge success with this in schools and find it raises the enthusiasm of the children when they actually get to meet the author of a book.
Children’s authors in the Eastern Cape if you would like to join us please contact me.
So, Polly was back after a bit of a break overseas, and she visited 1st Ed School in South Johannesburg and oh what a reception she received. Although Polly normally talks to younger pupils (Gr2-5) at 1st Ed she spoke to the whole school (including grade 9’s – yep grade 9’s!)
The kids were responsive to the talk on bullying and in particular cyberbullying and how pupils can combat it. Many of the pupils here had transferred from other schools where they had been bullied and so were able to relate first hand to the talk.
Pupils got involved with the role play with Polly, Toucane and the rest of the flock and even some of the teachers joined in – Oscars for teachers will be presented at a later date.
Thank you to Vanessa Jorge for having me at your school and to Michelle Richardson for linking me to such a progressive school. I can’t wait to visit the sister school and meet with their learners too.
That was the week that was… part 2
Thursday morning saw me at Noodwyk Primary School in the Midrand area (by the way that’s at the opposite end of Johannesburg to where I live) at 7AM AGAIN! What is it with 7am people ha, ha, ha.
The school is a prefab school – not a brick in sight, though they hope that will change someday. The library was of particular interest to me and I will be supporting this library soon – so hears where you come in if you can donate any children’s books suitable for 4-12-year-olds please let me know, or better still if you are in the Noodwyk, Midrand area please drop them off with the headmistress Lynette Eloff, who I know would be delighted to receive them. This is a mixed school so boys or girls books are appreciated.
I had so much fun here with Madelaine Hicklin the DA Ward Councillor who had invited me to the school. Though I think the teachers had as much fun as I and the kids did judging by the pics.
We were there to talk about BULLYING. Maddy from a personal perspective and me with Polly and how she gets bullied in the Pet Shop and on board Captain Hake’s ship. PEEPS, IT’S ABOUT WHAT WE DO TO TRY TO STOP THE BULLIES THAT COUNTS, PRETENDING THEY DON’T EXIST IN OUR SCHOOLS IS NOT THE SOLUTION.
#saynotobullying, #PollysPiralympicsSeries, #bulliesmustfall