Patron of Reading

Monday 26th June was a sad day, as we said goodbye to our Patron of Reading, Karen King, and also a joyous day as we welcomed our new Patron of Reading, Kevin Brooke.

Karen has been our Patron of Reading for three years, and a regular visitor to the Library. Many students have read her Young Adult books, Perfect Summer and Sapphire Blue, During this time she has totally supported and encouraged the love of reading and writing in our college, not just her own books but any form of reading and writing. Many, many students have entered competitions, written book reviews, and sent in art work which Karen has put on her Patron of Reading part of her web site. Countless certificates have been presented to students, along with books as prizes, for a variety of reasons.  As well as competition winners, Karen has celebrated successes such as the Kids Lit Quiz, when our team competed in the final in London. We will really miss Karen, and all that she has bought to the college, Karen commented  “it has been a pleasure to be Patron of Reading and will miss everyone,  but I know that Kevin will be super.

Kevin Brooke has already been a regular guest at our College, and has met many students while talking about his book Jimmy Cricket, and taking part in the Living Library. Kevin has already encouraged many students to read and write more, so  he will be excellent for our College, Kevin commented that he is looking forward to getting to know everyone, and hearing all about books you are reading, and poems and stories you are writing. It promises to be an exciting time for all of us.

Speeches were made by Emilia Rickets Y8 to say thank you to Karen, and by Ellie Cross Y9 to welcome Kevin. Both authors,  as their last and first role as Patron of Reading gave out certificates to students who are Reading Champions as they have promoted reading to others.   Kathryn Hulland Lamb and Emma Kippax presented Karen with flowers and a card.  A book give-away was arrnged where seven students were randomly selected to receive copies of books by Karen and Kevin, and also by other authors.

Linda Bromyard, Librarian, is thrilled about the difference made by having a Patron of Reading, Karen has been superb, and we are lucky to have Kevin to take over from her.