11 November 2019
What a tremendous afternoon Years 4, 5 and 6 experienced when the multi award winning author, Sita Brahmachari, came to visit St Mary’s on Wednesday 6th November. Sita’s novel, Artichoke Hearts, won her the Waterstones Children’s Book Award for 2011, and since then Sita has become a prolific writer of children’s fiction. Sita told the girls how, in the past, she has been asked why she doesn’t write for adults and her response was “I write for the most important people; the children”. Sita won everyone’s hearts with her answer! Our girls were mesmerized from there on in. Sita spent the entire afternoon talking to the children about her new book “Where the River Runs Gold” and bringing her book to life by involving the children through audience participation. The story is a dystopian futuristic tale where bees have become extinct so the dilemma for human beings is – who are the pollinators going to be now..? The children of course- because they have such tiny fingers and hands! In our Senior Hall a drama was unravelling; the children became “pollinators”, “Luca Freedoms”, a prime minister, and Shifa and Themba to name but a few of the characters. Sita’s passion regarding the important message about climate change and conservation was evident in everything she spoke about; she was a true inspiration to us all. Sita concluded her speech by sharing several artefacts and a banner made for her by refugee children with the message: Dare Dream Believe Imagine.
What a fantastic afternoon!