High Bank Hi Jinks!

  • Author: Conrad Burdekin
  • Date: September 27, 2017

I was back at one of my favourite schools today – High Bank in Liversedge. It was them, remember, for whom we collected all those books earlier in the year. I just LOVE this school. I was reminded once again of just how great the staff and children are. Honestly, as the children filed into assembly my heart was happy! They are so well behaved, and so loved by the teachers – it’s fantastic. Before the day even started I was escorted by the lovely Mrs Bottomley to a new display board in school – a display board of me! How cool is that?! There was a space for me to write in a message to school… my thought provoking message on freedom was…

Freedom is… eating a packet of Beef Monster Munch whenever I want!

Pretty deep, eh?!

Today’s more serious job was to write poems based on the theme of Freedom. Now, those of you who know my poetry will know that ‘serious’ poems are not my usual remit. Yet today we did manage to get a couple of serious ones. I must admit that it made me feel slightly strange – I needed my fish fingers and chips at lunch to get back on an even keel.

 

The poems were great – the children imagined all sorts: what a dog might dream of (true freedom for a dog is, surely, scaling a mountain full of bones), what having unlimited freedom might mean (eating chocolate cake and being sick), what the poppies of the World War I battlefields might remember (soldiers fighting for freedom) and many other things besides. The children then learned the poems and performed them in assembly. The standout performance had to be Year 4 as they revealed their socks (held in their hands) and dropped them on the floor in disgust. It did have something to do with freedom, I promise, I just can’t remember exactly what…

 

I am so happy to be the Patron of Reading for High Bank, and so delighted that the children respond so well to my visits. I was also told that their reading mascot, the crocheted Ishmail from earlier in the year, is VERY popular. He’s certainly looking happy in his new home in the High Bank library. He appears to be into his Art books just at the moment…

 

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Cheerio then, High Bank, for another little while. I’m sure I’ll be back soon – to check up the other ‘me’, if nothing else!

 

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High Bank Hi Jinks!

I was back at one of my favourite schools today - High Bank in Liversedge. It was them, remember, for whom we collected all those books earlier in the year. I just LOVE this school. I was reminded once again...