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Why Am I Valuable to Your School?

It can be a wonderfully inspiring moment for a child to meet a real life writer. In me, they get to meet not only a writer, but also a poet and a storyteller – three for the price of one! They also get to meet someone who is able to connect with and engage with children from all backgrounds and of all abilities – whether they love literacy more than life itself, or whether they’d rather dive out of the window into a muddy puddle than have to do any writing.

I am unique. I am not a scaleable model, I am not a franchise, I am me, and there is only one of me. When I visit a school, the most common feedback I receive is how much the children have got out of the day – how much fun they’ve had and how I was able to inspire every child that I worked with. My enthusiasm for writing, for poetry and for storytelling is infectious and rubs off on pupils and teachers alike.

I have visited over 200 different primary schools and have been invited back to a huge number of those schools time and time again. Why not try a Conrad day in school? You won’t regret it!

Patron of Reading

I am delighted to have been asked to become the Patron of Reading at four local schools. My job is to raise the profile of reading within the schools and to help children to see that reading is awesome, and not just something that they have to do ‘at school cos Miss said so.’

I visit my schools once every term or two and always have a fantastic time when I do so. To introduce myself to each school I chose a book that I thought each year group would like and sent it to the school, all packaged up. I posted pictures of me on twitter and Facebook outside the post office, and took photos of parts of the front covers of the books, to see if the children could guess which book they were going to get? It certainly caused a great deal of interest around reading and I hope to maintain that level of excitement with more visits and activities in the future.

The schools are…

High Bank School  

Birkenshaw Cof E Primary School

Whitechapel Cof E Primary School 

Scholes Village Primary School

The patron of reading website is…

http://www.patronofreading.co.uk/

Would you like to consider having me as your Patron of Reading? Please get in touch! I’d love to inspire your children to read for pleasure.

What makes me different?

    • Fun and engaging
    • Over 10 years’ experience
    • DBS certified
    • Nursery – Year 6
    • Poet, Storyteller and Writer
    • Teacher trainer
    • Visited over 200 schools

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On holiday in Northumberland. I’ve found a rather nice writing spot. I also heard a fun tale involving a friend’s little daughter - inspiration hit. Enjoy!

Maisy’s Jumper

Little baby Ivy
Splashing in the bath
Cousin Maisy’s helping
Making Ivy laugh

First she puts some bubbles
High on Ivy’s head
Then a game of peekaboo
Before it’s time for bed

But just as bath time’s ending
Baby Ivy stops
She grunts and groans and pushes hard...
Plop! Plop! Plop!

“Mum!” yells Maisy, “gross! Oh yuck!
Look what Ivy’s done!”
The evidence is floating round -
It’s not a number one!

Ivy shoots a hand out
And grabs a pile of poo
This cute and gorgeous baby knows
Exactly what to do

She throws her missile through the air
Straight at cousin Maisy
It lands on Maisy’s brand new jumper -
Poor girl just goes crazy

“Help!” screams Maisy. “Get it off!
I think I’m going to vom.”
Maisy’s mum comes running in
To see what’s going on

She starts to laugh - she cannot stop -
Tears run down her cheeks
It is by far the funniest thing
That she has seen for weeks

And as for baby Ivy?
She giggles: “Ooh ooh, eee!”
Sits down with satisfaction...
...And fills the bath with wee!
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One of my best friends set up a school in Zimbabwe last year. I got this message just now - can anyone help?

Thanks!

Con
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We have 3 lovely guinea pigs - Tomato, Sponge and Foxy Mae. But our girls are allergic to them and, since we’ve got Pebbles (our dog) they don’t get much of a look in.

We’ve taken the tough decision to re-home them once we get back off our holidays. But we want them to go somewhere they’ll be loved and looked after.

We have an outdoor cage, cage cover, water bottle along with the guinea pigs themselves. They are lovely pets - never bitey- but just not right for us Burdekins anymore 😞.

If you’re interested, please let us know. We don’t want any money for them - just lots of love.

Thanks!!

Con and Clare

*They live in the garden at ours but can also be housed indoors*
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