Visit to St. Damian’s Primary School, Bundoora

Yesterday I talked to all students at St. Damian’s Primary School in Bundoora, about my books, writing and the writing process.

 I hope the students enjoyed the day as much as I did because the overwhelming feeling I was left with after visiting the school, was one of caring, courteous students with wonderful manners and this isn’t always the case when we (authors and illustrators) visit schools.

Here is a list of the nice things that happened yesterday, which made me feel happy:

* Although the teacher who booked me had been in touch several times before the booked day, she rang yesterday morning to give me perfect instructions on where to park my car and there she was to greet me when I arrived at the school.

* I would like to thank this same teacher for providing me with everything I needed to make my presentations flow.

* I would like to thank all the students who listened, asked such wonderful questions and bought copies of my books, waiting patiently while I signed them.

* I’d like to thank the little preppie boy, who after buying and paying for a book, came back later just to check that he was ‘allowed’ to take his purchased book home for good!

* And I’d especially like to thank the three Year 1 girls who waited for 45 minutes so they could help me carry all my ‘stuff’ to my car. I didn’t get your names, but you know who you are . . . thank you.

* And thank you St. Damian’s for making my second last book week+ commitment, such a lovely one.

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  1. Andrew tran Dear Corinne Fenton, I really want to know whether queenie is still alive? How can you buy one of your books. From Andrew Tran 3/4S
    August 29, 2013 at 6:02 pm · Reply
    • corinne Hi Andrew, I did reply to you by email direct, but thought I'd reply here too. Queenie died a very long time ago, in 1945 but if you read my book it explains her story. Please email me if your parents are happy to pay for a book and I can organise it through my website. Corinne
      September 2, 2013 at 7:44 am · Reply
  2. Mattie Dear Corinne, Thank you for your kind words on your blog. I know lots of our year 3-6 students took lots of notes which they said will help them with their writing. There were none of your books left on our shelf in the library after your visit which means they are in our classrooms or being borrowed by the students. As teachers we look forward to reaping the rewards of inspirational writing by our students. We look forward to you return to St. Damian's in the future.
    August 31, 2013 at 9:26 am · Reply
    • corinne Dear Mattie, My pleasure.I meant every word. Hope the notes are useful. Best wishes, Corinne
      September 2, 2013 at 7:40 am · Reply
  3. Year 1/2B from St Damian's Dear Corinne Fenton, The three girls mentioned in your post to St Damian's are in 1/2B! Their names are Tiara, Madelaine and Phoebe and they want to say thank you for letting them help, the girls were so excited to have helped you that they wanted to go home and scream their heads off as they were happy to have helped. Year 1/2B would like to say thank you for coming to see us and thank you for spending so much time with us. We read Queenie and The dog on the Tuckerbox and we enjoyed your books. We made Queenie postcards and we learnt about Gundagai. We even listened to Slim Dusty's Gundagai song. We have some questions: Why did you want to become an author? Do you love the books that you wrote? We enjoyed learning how you became an author. Thank you for coming to St Damian's, the 1/2's loved it! From 1/2 B
    September 5, 2013 at 9:20 am · Reply
    • corinne Dear Year 1/2B, Thank you for your lovely email and I'm so glad you enjoyed my visit. I'm very pleased to know the names of my three excellent helpers - Tiara, Madelaine and Phoebe. I became an author because I can't stop writing, I love words and I love sharing my stories with special students, like you. Yes, so far I am happy with the books I have written, but we authors always want more. Thank you 1/2B With love, Corinne x
      September 5, 2013 at 10:01 am · Reply

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