I'd been invited by Charlotte, Head of English to do some storytelling for Year Groups 5 and 6 and while blizzards ravaged parts of the southwest, Minehead Middle School was celebrating World Book Day in style. Not only were the staff and Year 6 dressed up in characters from the epic story, Beowulf but the children in Year 5 were disguised as some of their favourite book characters including several Harry Potters!
All in all it was wonderful to share some of my favourite stories including the Native American legend, 'Duck Egg and the Fox' as well as the African folktale, 'The Bird who Brought the Sunshine.' Both year groups were amazing; participating enthusiastically to create sound effects whilst being as quiet as mice in all the right parts.
Here are some comments from Year 6 about their experience:
"It was great you could just close your eyes and imagine everything. It made me feel really relaxed’ - Daria‘
I enjoyed how we could get involved and the use of instruments.’ - Holly'
I found it amazing that she could give so much detail without reading anything.’ - Richie
'I really liked the character ‘Duck Egg’ in the first story. He was amusing.’ - Olivia
Treat yourself to a day of mindful presence where you are invited to relax, tune into nature, the full moon and yourself. Enjoy being part of a small group of like-minded folk as you surrender into Autumn with healing sound. Give yourself some valuable 'time out'. And what more perfect place than overlooking the sea and Exmoor National Park.
Discover the magic of the Autumn Equinox. Experience a sense of renewal and rebalance as you tune into these natural energies. Let this wave of soothing and nourishing energy support your growth and transformation
Each of us holds a light and power of our own. When we are in harmony with the Earth and our inner world - love, joy and an infinite sense of peace flows through us. Our power is not lost. We have forgotten who and what we are and it is up to each one of us to wake up and to re-member.