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‘Pulling up anchor and setting sail’ were the themes of the day this Monday for Year 6 pupils who had the exciting opportunity of taking part in an author talk and creative writing workshop with the award-winning writer Sita Brahmachari.

Working alongside the Senior School English Department and Librarians in preparation for their move up to Year 7 in September, pupils were able to reflect on all the things that have anchored them to the Junior School over the years. The children came ready with stunning memory boxes full of important objects relating to their time at the Junior School, which they shared with each other and Sita. From this, pupils followed Sita’s guiding writing task to create some wonderfully creative anchor-based poems.

Using the themes of transition, change and growing up from her novel When Secrets Set Sail, Sita enabled pupils to reflect on what they were looking forward to when moving up to Year 7. In the final task of the day, pupils wrote supportive and inspiring letters to their future selves, which will be used as part of an installation in the Senior School Library at the start of the Autumn term.

Sita said that the Year 6 pupils were “talented, caring and open to the creative sharings of the day. I hope they will remember it with pleasure. Their memory boxes were so beautiful!”