A Fabulous Week for Celebrating Heroes and Book Reading!

September 10, 2015 at 10:10 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This week I had the great pleasure of returning to Discovery Bay International School as part of Grade 7s Unit of study about Heroes in My Eyes! This year, my hero just has to be John Wood, above, the man who famously left a high-powered, high paid job with Microsoft in 1999 to set up Room to Read, a brilliant charity devoted to bringing literacy and education to children around the world.

Do you know that since his very first trip to Nepal delivering books (on the back of a yak and five donkeys) to a small school high in the mountains back in 1998, he – through the charity he established – has managed to set up over 17,000 libraries, build almost 2,000 schools and help over 9.7 million children? Now that’s what I call a hero! And that’s also why I’m so proud to be a Room to Read Writer Ambassador! Read more about their fantastic work at http://www.roomtoread.org. And if you and your class want to get involved in your own fund-raising effort to help kids less lucky than you to learn to read, get involved in the Room to Read World Change Challenge, which you can find here: http://www.tristanbancks.com/2015/05/room-to-read-world-change-challenge-2015_28.html.

A Funny and Fabulous Day at DBIS!

March 4, 2015 at 3:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I had SUCH a fun day today with my old – and young 🙂 – friends at Discovery Bay International School today! The Grade 2s, 3s, and 4s met my shaggy, shy sheep Rodney, and then the gorgeous Grade 1s met my very vain (but loveable) Pin Yin Panda, and learned all about how the animals got into the Chinese Zodiac! We had a ball! Huge thanks to the wonderful Naomi Gist (above) for hosting me today! And even more thanks for letting me, and my family of Chinese Zodiac animals, make our getaway, very stylishly, in her Discovery Bay golf buggy! But trust that Pin Yin Panda to insist on riding in the front! You can also see below a fabulous drawing of Rodney Ram given to me by a lovely student called Elin – isn’t it terrific?


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