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Michael Morpurgo leaves indelible memories for Walhampton Prep School
Celebrated author, poet and playwright, Michael Morpurgo, received a rapturous welcome at Walhampton Prep School’s Founders’ Day on Saturday, 4th July.
The former Children’s Laureate was invited as guest speaker to the school’s annual prize giving.
Michael, whose novels include War Horse, later adapted for screen by Steven Spielberg and a worldwide stage sensation, and Private Peaceful, warmly congratulated the prizewinners. Each child was delighted that the world-renowned author took a moment to comment on their prize and share an inspirational word or two.
An audience of over nine hundred parents, teachers and children waited with baited breath to hear Mr Morpurgo’s truly inspirational speech. Michael’s captivated audience were given a brief glimpse into the experiences, people and chance moments that inspired him to write literature classics such as ‘Alone on the Wide Wide Sea’ and ‘Kensuke's Kingdom’.
The former teacher passed on his words of wisdom to both the children and teachers of Walhampton. He spoke about taking risks and how seizing every opportunity can lead to extraordinary and wondrous outcomes. Last weekend, Walhampton parents, teachers and pupils shared an experience of a lifetime. Michael Morpurgo’s inspirational words will, without doubt, will remain with our pupils for many years to come.
Titus Mills, Headmaster at Walhampton was delighted and honoured to welcome such an eminent speaker to Founders’ Day:
‘We are delighted that Clare and Michael Morpurgo have agreed to be Patrons of our new Poetry Trail. I can think of nobody better to endorse and launch the trail which we hope will reach out and inspire young and old alike - something the Morpurgos have been doing, beautifully, for many decades.’