Kimberly Whittam, author, during a workshop with students in March 2023

A collage being made by students, during an author visit in March 2023

Published Author Visits WRHS ( Published: 26/03/2024)

As part of the school’s commitment to literacy, students were given the opportunity to take part in a workshop with a published author.

On Friday 22nd March 2024, a very special visitor came to our school. Kimberly Whittam delivered a workshop based around her book, Quiet Storm. This book is a beautiful story about shyness and strength and has been nominated for the Read for Empathy Collection award. Storm, the focus of the novel, is a Year 8 secondary school student who is struggling with shyness and lack of confidence. Through sport and gaining confidence from being part of a team, Storm eventually finds her voice.

Kimberly shared her own personal experiences of shyness when she was at school, something a lot of the students identified with. Students explored what barriers girls face in sport and how they can overcome these challenges. Then, through a number of team building activities, students explored how sport helped Storm develop confidence. To finish off, students created their own ‘girls in sport collage’, which will hopefully inspire them to pursue sports in the future.

Students were engaged from the outset. Kimberly really connected with them and got them thinking! Quiet Storm is an excellent story, with lots of positive messages and we can’t wait for Kimberly’s next book to be published!
Mrs Davies, LRC Manager

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