Two Funny and Fabulous Days at American International School Guangzhou!

September 24, 2015 at 8:20 am | Posted in AISGZ, Guangzhou schools | 3 Comments
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Well, it had to happen! Rodney Ram finally visited AISGZ, famously known as the School of the Ram, in Guangzhou, The City of Rams!! I had two great days there this week, packed with so much fun! It all started with the welcome assembly, when Elementary School Principal Gary MacPhie made a surprise visit playing The Skye Boat Song on his bagpipes – in reference to the years I spent playing the bagpipes when I was young! The whole school then heard my Tale of Rodney Ram, and we talked all about the famous Legend of the Five Rams of Guangzhou, and how rice came to China. Then we had story readings for the younger kids on the Tuesday, and How to Write a Riveting Story Workshops for the older kids on the Wednesday, with lots of fun book-signing and even a lunch with the gorgeous Grade 5 Library Monitors on Wednesday! Phew! It was busy, and I wouldn’t have missed a minute! Special thanks to my host the lovely Julie Dotterer, ES Librarian, and her lovely staff who looked after me so well!


Rodney Ram meets the fabulous Kincoppal kids!

August 25, 2015 at 1:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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What a fun day I just had with the keen readers and writers of Grades 3 to 6 at Kincoppal Rose Bay in Sydney! We started with a fun reading of my latest book, The Tale of Rodney Ram, then had three fabulous workshops where we talked about How to Write a Riveting Story. After the sessions, some of the classes immediately got started on story plans for my Clever Competition – and I can’t wait to read the results! Warm thanks to librarian Helen Webster (above) for being such a kind and supportive host.

A Riveting Writing Workshop with the budding authors of Buckley House, Ivanhoe Grammar!

August 19, 2015 at 5:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Warm thanks to Grace Molinaro and Anna Willett from Buckley House, Ivanhoe Grammar, for inviting me again today, with a two hour writing workshop with the talented Grade 6s! First we talked about How to Write a Riveting Story, then the students wrote Story Plans to a stopwatch, before writing their very own riveting stories. I can’t wait to read the finished products! Thank you also to Tim and Annie, the dedicated Grade 6 teachers who were my fabulous hosts for the morning. Photos to come!

A BIG day at Kowloon Junior School!

March 5, 2015 at 9:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Well that was a whopper of a day today at Kowloon Junior School! It was great to visit my old friends there again, and to see the impressive new school premises, with a big, beautiful library right at the heart of the school, just where a library should be! The Grade 3s had my How to Write a Riveting Story Workshop, I read my Tale of Rodney Ram to the Grade 1s, 2s, 4s and 5s, and then the Grade 6s had my Introduction to Poetry Workshop. It was fun, and the kids were fabulous! Here they are above, getting ready for one of my sessions with a big “AIYEEE-YA!” on the right, and above left are my two lovely hosts for the day, Katie Tucker (Drama Club and K2 Teacher) and Vanessa Sheppard (teacher librarian). I can’t wait to see all the kids’ entries in my Clever Competition! See the Clever Competition tab above for all the details!

Woolly Sheep and Writing Workshops at ISS!

February 10, 2015 at 4:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today I had a fabulous time with the teachers and kids of International School of Singapore, introducing the Grade 1 to 3s  to my very good-looking Rodney Ram and sharing all the rules of How to Write Riveting Stories with the Grade 4s and 5s! We had a lot of fun! Huge thanks to the Alliterative Librarian, aka Head of Libraries Graham Grant (centre), the lovely Elementary Librarian Susan Grant (left) and Literacy Co-ordinator (and fellow Tasmanian) Kate Bond (right) for being such warm and welcoming hosts!


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