Category Archives: School Visits

Road trip? Did anyone say Road trip?

Yes, I along with Cora Groenwald and Evadeen Brickwood will be in the Eastern Cape from the 18-21st June visiting all manner of schools in East London, King Williamstown, Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth with our Schools Reading Road Show. SRRS.


Look out for us and give us a wave if you see us in your town or on the road.

We will be going into schools to deliver sponsored books (if you would like to sponsor 50 books for a school please contact me +27 722 477 101) we will also be reading to the children and doing short workshops with them to encourage them to read. 74% of grade 4’s in South Africa cannot read in their mother tongue! (PIRL Report Dec 2017) we have had a huge success with this in schools and find it raises the enthusiasm of the children when they actually get to meet the author of a book.

Children’s authors in the Eastern Cape if you would like to join us please contact me.

Polly visited 1st Ed School in South Johannesburg

So, Polly was back after a bit of a break overseas, and she visited 1st Ed School in South Johannesburg and oh what a reception she received. Although Polly normally talks to younger pupils (Gr2-5) at 1st Ed she spoke to the whole school (including grade 9’s – yep grade 9’s!)

The kids were responsive to the talk on bullying and in particular cyberbullying and how pupils can combat it. Many of the pupils here had transferred from other schools where they had been bullied and so were able to relate first hand to the talk.

Pupils got involved with the role play with Polly, Toucane and the rest of the flock and even some of the teachers joined in – Oscars for teachers will be presented at a later date.

Thank you to Vanessa Jorge for having me at your school and to Michelle Richardson for linking me to such a progressive school. I can’t wait to visit the sister school and meet with their learners too.


That was the week that was… part 2

That was the week that was… part 2

Thursday morning saw me at Noodwyk Primary School in the Midrand area  (by the way that’s at the opposite end of Johannesburg to where I live) at 7AM AGAIN! What is it with 7am people ha, ha, ha.

The school is a prefab school – not a brick in sight, though they hope that will change someday. The library was of particular interest to me and I will be supporting this library soon – so hears where you come in if you can donate any children’s books suitable for 4-12-year-olds please let me know, or better still if you are in the Noodwyk, Midrand area please drop them off with the headmistress Lynette Eloff, who I know would be delighted to receive them. This is a mixed school so boys or girls books are appreciated.

I had so much fun here with Madelaine Hicklin the DA Ward Councillor who had invited me to the school. Though I think the teachers had as much fun as I and the kids did judging by the pics.

We were there to talk about BULLYING. Maddy from a personal perspective and me with Polly and how she gets bullied in the Pet Shop and on board Captain Hake’s ship. PEEPS, IT’S ABOUT WHAT WE DO TO TRY TO STOP THE BULLIES THAT COUNTS, PRETENDING THEY DON’T EXIST IN OUR SCHOOLS IS NOT THE SOLUTION.

#saynotobullying, #PollysPiralympicsSeries, #bulliesmustfall

What a week that was… part 1

What a week that was just so jam-packed full.

Wednesday saw me talking to the Johannesburg New Dawn Rotary Club at the Parkview Golf Club at 7 AM!!! That time doesn’t exist in the UK other than for breakfast (Ha, ha, ha). I thoroughly enjoyed speaking to this amazing group of people, who do so much for Charities across the length and breadth of the country and would like to thank Debbie Smith for her invitation and Carol Stier for looking after me on the day – Thank you, ladies.

#PollysPiralympicsSeries, #SRRSSA

We seek her here, we seek her there, Those Frenchies seek her everywhere. *

We seek her here, we seek her there, Those Frenchies seek her everywhere. * an adaptation from the Scarlet Pimpernel.


My calendar is filling up so much at the moment that I feel a bit like Wally from the Where’s Wally books which I used to buy for my sister but secretly did the puzzles myself. (Searching an amazingly busy picture to find the character Wally, needless to say, I spent hours at it and my baby sister could find him much faster.)

Well, tomorrow I shall be at the Leeuwkop Golf Club in Sandton, selling books to raise funds for the Schools Reading Road Show (SRRS) an initiative I started late last year and which seems to be catching on.

I take fellow Indie Authors into schools with me. There we read our books to the children and give them short talks based on the morals and life lessons contained in them. When we visit underfunded schools try to leave books behind for their libraries, which usually contain old out of date books that the learners find uninteresting. To achieve this we raise money through a levy charged at events like this golf day which then allows us to purchase the books from the authors and leave them with the schools. We also need sponsorships for books. eg. R5000 will buy 50+ books for an underfunded school.

So, if you are in the area or playing golf tomorrow, please support us by buying a book, or making a donation.

#SRRS, #PollysPiralympics

Tshwane Muslim School – The SRRS Visits another school

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The SRRS visited yet another school. Here we read and interacted with the learners who were all dressed for the occasion. It was so much fun and very rewarding

Had a fantastic day at the Tshwane Muslim School and am really looking forward to connecting with this school over the course of this year.

Thank you for hosting us.

Another Schools Reading Road Show day.

#Polly’s Piralympics, # SchoolsReadingRoadShow #SRRS

Off to Another School – Tswane, Muslim School Here I Come

So, I’m looking forward to visiting Tswane Primary School on Thursday with Polly the Parrot, Toucane the Toucan and their friends. I shall be talking about bullying.

If you would like to buy any of my books I will have How Polly Became a Pirate, Polly Ya Nae Can Fly, Polly’s Piralympics, Polly’s Inuit Piralympics and Polly’s Hogmanay Holiday.

#PollysPiralympicSeriesposter for TMS 

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Indie Authors Support Local School Open Day

Indie authors gathered on Saturday 10th February at the Assumption Convent School in Germiston to celebrate their first School’s Reading Road Show

The Headmistress Mrs Debby Zambon was super keen to host the authors as part of their Open Day Celebrations to emphasize to parents the importance the school places on reading. In fact, Jann Weeratunga, author of the Polly’s PIralympics Books Series, says, “These girls devour books, they are copious readers and it was fantastic being able to share our books with them.”

The emphasis on the day was to show pupils present and future that authors are real people, approachable and you can talk to them, ask questions about their books and let them know what you think of their books.

Present on the day were:

Bhubesikazi Sibisi

Corne Groenewald

Christina Harman

Conny Oberrauter

Dolores Oldjohn

Fatuma Abdullah

Hinesh Vithal

Kim Hunter

Leandri Geldenhuys

Robbie Cheadle

Sabina Lehmacher

Soraya Hendricks

Tanya De Villiers and

Jann Weeratunga


The Schools Reading Road Show is available to any school in Gauteng. The authors present their books either through reading, plays or activities for the children and put life into books and reading for children.


Being able to read holds the key to a child’s future, enable them.


They can be contacted at

Why Do I Like to Read to Kids?

Why Do I Like to Read to Kids?

Well, I Suppose it’s because I love to watch their faces as the story progresses. I love to see them get involved with the storyline, I’ve even had parents come up to me after and tell me that they too love to listen – I suppose we all do.

I am fortunate, I get invites to many schools to read and talk to the kids. My books are centred around anti-bullying and being disabled as well as many other issues that I feel kids today are not sensitive enough about. But the kids just seem to love the stories and absorb the life lessons.

Last Saturday I was at Assumption Convent Primary School and the best part for me was when some (now grade 4’s) spotted me.

“Is Polly with you, can we see her?”

Polly is my puppet parrot companion and she and I had been into the school to kick-off How Polly Became a Pirate as the grade 3 set workbook last year. The welcome makes you go all warm and fuzzy.

Well not oOpen day girls with puppetsnly Polly was there but the rest of the flock too, Toucane the Toucan, Hettie the Hornbill, Mpho the Macaw and two as yet un-named birds a Cockatiel and a Pink Galah who had flown in all the way from Australia.

Here I am with some of the girls and my flock.



As the year gets under way so too do the venues and activities, I can’t wait for the 10th February when I will be taking part in the Schools Reading Road Show at the Assumption Convent School in Germiston. As one of only 15 authors I feel honoured to be part of this event and invited to the school on this special day which coincides with their Open Day.

So, bring the kids and come along to meet the authors, get your books signed and listen to their stories.

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