The Principal of Fairvale Public School invited me, Karen Tyrrell author and teacher for a unique school reunion. Principal, Anthony Pitt invited me to present my children’s resilience book Jo-Kin Battles the It to his school.
My Pupil became the Principal
In 1979, I taught Anthony in Kindergarten at Fairfield West Public school. Two years ago, Anthony contacted me via Facebook, searching for his ‘favourite teacher’. Soon after, he bought all my resilience books for his school library:
I presented an interactive author talk to two hundred students in the assembly hall. The kids and teachers treated me like a rock star with cheers, claps and a barrage of questions. To my surprise, I met teacher David Kinniburgh, another pupil who I taught in Year 2 several years ago.
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Joanne Brummell, another ex-pupil from Fairfield West came along to meet me. I met Romayne Penning, a girl I went to school with at Mt Pritchard East. My husband’s school friend, John Lowe came along with his daughter to buy my books. Facebook fiend Susan Hili brought her children and grand children.
What amazing school reunions!
Anthony Pitt shared this very touching testimonial on my author visit …
“Inspiring, engaging and relevant!
Sensational author, Karen Tyrrell, visited Fairvale PS to talk to the students about all of her books and to promote her most recent book, Jo-Kin Battles the It
The students were captivated by her presentation. She came dressed in character so right from the word go they were engaged. Karen encouraged audience participation and allowed for plenty of question time.
Personally, it was a special moment for me because Karen Tyrrell was my Kindergarten teacher. I remember her warmth, nurturing and encouraging nature back then and meeting up with her all of these years later nothing has changed.
A truly remarkable author and teacher who continues to touch the lives of the very young and the not so young.” Anthony Pitt, Principal, Fairvale PS
#6 Tips for Presenting Author Talks to Schools
- Prepare your interactive talk with opportunities for the kids to interact and participate. Check your costume, props and posters are ready.
- Come wearing costume, wigs, hats etc and bring props. Speak in character. I wore my red Captain Astra uniform with shoulder pads, red gumboots, blue wig, yellow vinyl star belt and knee pads.
- Introduce yourself and why you write in an inspiring kid-friendly way from the authors and characters point of view.
- Talk about each of your books in a FUN engaging way. Read sections from your books. Share tips on writing creative stories.
- Let the kids ask you questions about how you write and where you get your ideas.
- Ask the kids questions about your books in the form of a quiz. Give out prizes of bookmarks and postcards for correct answers.
HOW amazing is… ‘My pupil is the principal’?
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