Reading The Black Alabaster Box With New Friends at Cartmel C of E Primary School, Cumbria, UK

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A few weeks ago I visited Cartmel Church of England Primary School in Cumbria. Headteacher Rachel Battersby welcomed me and gave me a tour of the school. Below she shows me an angel created by the children for a community event. It embodies the school motto: “Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow.” It also illustrates Ms. Battersby’s enthusiasm for the arts. Her background and continuing interest in theatre have helped her to build many bridges to the community and enriched the school program.

Cartmel is an historic village. The Cartmel Priory was founded in 1189 by William Marshal, the First Earl of Pembroke. He was a loyal supporter of King John and probably the only one who could have brought the King to Runnymede in 1215 where the Magna Carta was signed. But for many people, Cartmel is famous for Sticky Toffee Pudding—if you don’t know about Sticky Toffee Pudding all I can say is that it is something delicious that you have to experience!

I had a wonderful time as guest of Ms. Cheryl Yarrow and Class Three. The girls and boys had a set of questions for me—good questions. I’ll be posting them on my “About” page. I had a chance to read a couple of chapters of The Black Alabaster Box to the class. Afterward, I left a copy of the book for the school library. Ms. Yarrow promised the children that they could finish the book together, although I understand that she made no promises about getting Ruby and Junior’s accents right! I’m eager to hear how they got on with it.