Chil­dren’s writer vis­its

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

A chil­dren’s au­thor was on hand to re-open a Stan­hope school’s li­brary.

Luke Tem­ple was in­vited to visit the pri­mary sec­tion of The John Wal­lis Academy to de­clare the li­brary of­fi­cially open.

Dur­ing the visit he spoke to chil­dren aged 4 to 11 in a spe­cial as­sem­bly, be­fore meet­ing with new li­brar­i­ans and two chil­dren from each class who have made ex­cep­tional progress in read­ing.

Ni­cola Hirst, as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal of the academy, said: “Luke was asked to re­visit the school fol­low­ing an ear­lier visit in Septem­ber 2013. He in­spired a bril­liant en­thu­si­asm in the pupils on that oc­ca­sion, and this time was in­vited to open our li­brary and to speak to the whole of the Pri­mary Academy.

“Chil­dren en­thu­si­as­ti­cally wel­comed him back.

“The school kitchen made a spe­cial cake repli­cat­ing one of his books and Luke and staff were thrilled with the chil­dren’s pos­i­tiv­ity to­wards read­ing.”

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