Warm Welcome at Saint Louis High School Kirribati

Warm Welcome at Saint Louis High School Kirribati

Louise Whelan award winning photo journalist and I were welcomed at St Louis High School bu 810 high school students who sang to us. Their singing was beautiful and they cheered us for visiting.

After a tour of the school grounds, I was invited back to speak to the teachers.

I spoke about my books, especially ‘I Am Jack’ and  ‘Butterflies’ and the power of real story in reaching kids.



Jill Finanne coordinator of the Pacific Calling Partnership spoke after me about climate change and gave them a trial teaching kit with an invitation to comment. 

It was a wonderful experience sharing with the teachers, the fantastic principal and Kiribati.

I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.


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