With this week being Education Week in Queensland, what better way to celebrate it than a visit to a local primary school? It was an absolute pleasure reading and talking about ‘Stinky Ferret & the JJs’ to the Grade 3 & 4 students at Helensvale State Primary School. As always, I loved the opportunity to meet the kids and talk about smelly ferrets as well as the concept of story. Great as well, to answer some great questions about books and writing and hear that so many students enjoy writing and telling stories – hey, don’t we all? Some had even gone that step further and were working on a comic, with roles figured out about who would illustrate and who would write the story – love your work!
It was also great fun to have the chance to combine efforts with my lovely author friends Renee Taprell and Dimity Powell. Renee put on a really fun, interactive puppetry show complete with me getting to dress up as a wibbly wobbly monster. Dimity engaged the kids with some wonderful storytelling as well, and I for one can’t wait until her book comes out just in time for Christmas. Helensvale Primary School Principal Coralee Pratt, Aboriginal Elder in Residence Graham Dillon and MP for Coomera Michael Crandon also joined in the storytelling and from my corner of the hall it sounded like it was joyfully received with lots of laughter and clapping from the students.
Huge thanks to Helensvale State Primary School and Renee Taprell for inviting me along, and Dimity Powell for forming part of our group. Biggest thanks of all though goes to the Grade 3 & 4 students who made it such an enjoyable morning!