Patron of Reading

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PoR visit

Posted by Rhian Jones on November 1, 2013 at 5:10 PM

I was extremely pleased with our first visit from our Patron of Reading, Damian Harvey last week! From a whole school assembly first thing in the morning until 3:00pm....he didn't stop!! Brilliant story telling.....every single child listening intently to every word....the sound of the pupils giggling to his jokes, accents and actions were a tonic!! If this sound could just be boxed up and kept in my office to be played during the toughest of days...it would certainly put a smile on my face!! A true reminder of why schemes like these are so important....happy pupils = engaged and enthusiastic learners! Damian Harvey certainly managed this....our most reluctant readers even joined in....not only smiling in response to an insight into Damian's books but also offering to stand up in front of the class to dress up as one of Damian's characters from his Robo-runners series of books!! A brilliantly proud moment! The next sessions are planned to develop writing with a targeted group of learners.....I think they'll be in for a real treat!! A great, inspiring programme - thank you! :)

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Reply Tim Redgrave
9:47 AM on November 4, 2013 
This post has put a mile wide smile on my face this afternoon. This is exactly what the idea was all about in the first place. The right person for the school, engaging the children, creating and emotional and very personal link to books. I am so pleased that it has taken off in the way that it has - spread the word. The goal is simple - a Patron of Reading for every school.