Children’s author is a big draw for Maine IPS pupils

Children at Maine Integrated Primary School in Randalstown had a fantastic day of creativity when the celebrated author and illustrator, Nick Sharratt, visited the school earlier this month.  Nick involved all 120 pupils in reading, writing and drawing workshops as part of an initiative between BookTrust NI and Belfast International Airport.  BookTrust is the charity dedicated to getting children reading to support language skills, creativity and personal development.

Children’s author is a big draw for Maine IPS pupils Julian Costelloe, principal at Maine IPS said:
“We are so delighted to have an author of Nick’s stature visit the school and work with the children. All of the children had a fantastic day and gained inspiration from seeing Nick in person and listening to him speak. For us, anything that sparks their interest in reading and illustration is a bonus and Nick’s visit has certainly done that!”

Nick Sharratt said he had really enjoyed his visit to Maine IPS:
“We celebrated books and reading and there was plenty of drawing too, with some terrific illustrations from everyone, including the teachers!”

The event at Maine IPS was sparked by an idea from one of Belfast International Airport’s fire crew commanders, Chris Graffin, who is also a parent at the school.

BookTrust NI and Belfast International Airport are working in partnership to promote reading skills within local schools with more events planned over the coming months.


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