Rick Wayne hooks up with St. Mary’s stu­dents!

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It’s that time of year again when stu­dents re­quest their school prin­ci­pals in­vite lo­cal per­son­al­i­ties to their school to read to them. It emerged that STAR pub­lisher Rick Wayne looks for­ward to his in­vi­ta­tion from St Mary’s Col­lege al­most as much as they look for­ward to meet­ing him.

On Thurs­day morn­ing the pub­lisher read to Form 4 stu­dents from Derek Wal­cott’s What the Twi­light Says and from his own Lapses & In­fe­lic­i­ties. But not be­fore the guest had asked the stu­dents to “put up your hands, those among you, who don’t like to read.” When sev­eral hands shot up, he picked out two stu­dents and asked them to ex­plain why they did not en­joy read­ing. One claimed books bored him, while the other said read­ing tended to make him sleepy.

A quick lec­ture on the causes of bore­dom fol­lowed— plus per­sonal sto­ries from the guest based on the value of read­ing good books. But per­haps what both vis­i­tor and hosts most en­joyed was ques­tion time. The stu­dents’ ques­tions touched on cul­ture, the date of elec­tions, what they thought of lo­cal politi­cians and sec­tions of the me­dia. Even the so-called “rapes in the square” was dis­cussed.

No sur­prise that the pub­lisher res­ur­rected his now funny tale of how he was ex­pelled from the col­lege “a hun­dred years ago —which was per­haps the best thing that ever hap­pened to me.” When the au­di­ence threat­ened the roof, he quickly added: “This is not to rec­om­mend you get your­self ex­pelled. Pay at­ten­tion to your teach­ers, obey school rules, learn the value of dis­ci­pline, and see if you can make it to grad­u­a­tion. That’s the ideal!”

“I re­ally was thrilled that these 15-16 year olds knew so much about what I do,” Wayne com­mented af­ter­ward. “Some of them even quoted lines from my TV show TALK.

Pub­lisher Rick Wayne with Form IV St. Mary’s Col­lege stu­dents af­ter a read­ing ses­sion on Thurs­day morn­ing. It ap­pears a good time was had by all.

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