Posted on July 12th 2017
Berkeley Pupils Visit Clarence House
In June 2017, Berkeley Primary School entered a nationwide competition launched by the National Literacy Trust to celebrate the 70th birthday of HRH Duchess of Cornwall, patron of literacy charities including First Story, BookTrust and Beanstalk. The competition, named ‘The Duchess’s Bookshelves’, gave children at Berkeley an opportunity to discuss and nominate their most loved children’s books, which could be presented to HRH as part of her birthday celebrations.
On Tuesday 11th July, Mrs Panesar and Miss Gamlen accompanied ten children from Year 5 to Clarence House for a tea party with HRH and children’s authors including Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman, Lauren Child, Cressida Cowell, Charlie Higson and David Walliams, who was dressed as a bus conductor!
The group boarded a vintage 1950s bus in Embankment and travelled to Clarence House with the authors. Ravjot was fortunate enough to tell David Walliams a joke en route!
Upon arrival, the children placed a bundle of books in the bespoke bookshelves and then spent time talking to the authors and the Duchess herself about their book choices. It was an immensely enjoyable and inspiring day, and representatives from the National Literacy Trust and David Walliams’s publisher commented that the children from Berkeley were “an absolute delight” and “a credit to the school – beautifully behaved”.
On the way back to school, children commented that they felt “more inspired than ever” to read and write for enjoyment, having had such an inspirational experience with the authors.
By Miss Gamlen