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Meet the Author

14th June 2019

Meet the author – History and English


The most able students in year 7, 8 and 10 were invited to meet an author on Wednesday 12th June. They enjoyed a workshop with Gary Toward, author of the World War One crime thriller, The Magpie, and were informed of his background and how he came to write the book. It was thoroughly enjoyable and he gave the students some great tips on how to proceed with writing. Each year group then had an individual session where they created a piece of remembrance poetry for the soldier, Valentine Joe Strudwick, who was only 14 when he signed up to fight for king and country. The poetry created was thoughtful, emotional and showed great empathy for Joe, taking into account some of the students would have been the same age.  We would like to thank Gary Toward for coming in to inspire the students and also the students for being mature, open and hardworking throughout the whole day.


Mrs Oates and Mrs Hutchings