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Visiting author Nick Earls shares insight into the history of words


Having the opportunity to actually receive a visit from a well-known author is quite intriguing, especially when you are familiar with his famous books and reputation. For our students in Years 5 and 6, the experience was even more enlightening than they had anticipated.

In August, when Nick Earls, the award winning novelist of humorous popular fiction for young adolescence, visited Ormiston College, he instantly gained the attention of our students with an interactive fun session to find the etymology of our language. He quizzed our Year 5 and 6 classes about words and their meanings and talked about how our language continues to evolve, which caused much discussion.

He went on to ask students if they knew what it was like to be a ‘new kid at school’, recounting his experiences on arriving in Australia and getting them to consider what this experience would involve: this being the theme of one of his new books. He gave students the opportunity to give their responses to the term ‘Ten Pound Pom’, which created an entertaining and enlightening discussion.

Having a well-known author open-up the exchange of views for debate, certainly enabled our students to think creatively and to put their feelings into words. The visit by Nick Earls gave our Year 5 and Year 6 students’ food for thought, a greater understanding of the history of words and a deeper interest in the written word. All in all, our students gained a great deal from the visiting celebrity author.

Ms Deborah Ponting
Head of Centre for Learning and Innovation

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