Out & About July 10 2014, 0 Comments


Singing Treasure! to the pupils of Marshal Laing school

I have been dusting off my ukulele, singing 'Treasure!' in the shower, making paper pirate hats and getting my pirate on! Yes, I have done my first school visit, giving five 15 minute performances to the junior classes of Marshal Laing school, in Mount Roskill, Auckland.

Marshal Laing School were having Book Week and invited me along to perform. The kids enjoyed themselves, and I did too, once the nerves wore off! I answered lots of questions, from how long it takes to write a book (about 18 months from start to finish), if I illustrated the book myself (no, that was the very talented Danielle Fontaine, my good friend and neighbour), how to make a pirate hat (very easy!), was I a real pirate (sadly, no) and if they could use the toilet!

I read the story then got out my ukulele and taught the kids the chorus of Treasure! After going through it a few times, I crank up the stereo, got the kids on their feet, and we sang along to music, belting out the chorus and making up actions as we went.

Lots of fun for me, and I've had good feedback from the school as well.

You can see a small clip of me and the kids in action on my Facebook page. While you are there, remember to like my page

If you are in the Auckland area, and would like me to visit your child's school, drop me a line and I'll try and organise one.

Until next time