The Writers’ Club at St. Mary’s School is now in its fourth year!
We started so that we could commemorate the sesquicentennial year with a collection of work put together by the children, but then just carried on from there.
Today, we discovered how we have stories within us, just waiting to be told. This is an activity I love to conduct with children and parents. I divide the children into pairs and each one narrates an anecdote to her partner. Never do I have more than ten seconds of silence – everyone has a story to tell. What comes after that is even more fun, where you pretend the story you just heard happened to someone else in the room … We began our year with laughter; I hope to keep it going!
In the first year, we had a collection of stories and poems published – Flickering Flames. In the second year, we were somehow too busy with a writing competition to compile the work, but we remedied that in the third year with a homemade collection, handwritten by the children. We’ll make sure we put something together again this year, and I’m looking forward to reading everything the children come up with!