THE INCREDIBLE IAA , JORDAN
I often wax lyrical on this page because I usually have wonderful positive experiences at schools in the UK and abroad. I have done author visits at literally hundreds of schools now but this recent visit to the International Academy of Amman, Jordan, is just the hugest highlight.
Melinda Martin, Head of Primary Curriculum, organised the visit and along with Dima, Primary Library Leader and Sammia, Primary Music Leader, she made my visit so special - an amazing experience for myself and for all the students. Melinda and I had been in email contact for months in advance and she had got the children familar with some of my poems, songs and books so there was a wonderful air of anticipation present and almost tangible within the school from the moment I walked onto the premises!
Sammia had created a massive buzz by teaching every single student my song Mum Mum Quicky Come and it was a joy to play the piano in the final assembly whilst everyone sang it. She also created art work representing all the creatures mentioned in the song. The auditorium itself was huge and it's thanks to Hussein, Head of IT - we see his figure in the distance setting up the theatre - that the assembly worked so well for everyone.
Lina, the art teacher was inspirational too. She created quite a welcome for me, including the Paul Klee work that she did with Grade 4, basing the piece on my poem, HUSH.
I will always remember this visit to IAA and treasure the memories. Thank you to all the teachers, and especially for your beautiful comments, many of which will appear on my SCHOOL AUTHOR VISITS page in the coming days.
Thank you to Andrew, Head of Primary for saying lovely things about me and for asking if I might return. Don't worry if you change your mind, Andrew. Life moves on! New inspirations creep in.
I send you all at IAA my best love and wishes and maybe one day we will meet again. Let's see!