Letters straight to the heart

WORDS can light fires in the minds of men and wring tears from the hardest  hearts.

But it was the tears of mums that fell last week when the kids from Hillvue Public School used the power of words to express a pure emotion – love.

As part of the school’s inaugural Writers’ Festival, the school’s 300-plus pupils were asked to pen a letter from the heart to someone special. Parents were then invited to a special morning tea to read the letters, provoking a flood of tears.

“Quite a few of the parents were in tears,” festival organiser and the school’s assistant principal Wendy Foster said.

“We thought  it would be a great way of showing children how important a purpose and an audience was in writing.

“They do a lot of writing for assessment but not much real world stuff.

“Authors always say you need to have a purpose in your writing.

“We were able to show that writing could go beyond the classroom and have a meaning that can affect people deeply.”

The school will run the Writers’ Festival twice a year and will also encourage visits from authors.

But it was the tears of mums that fell last week when the kids from Hillvue Public School used the power of words to express a pure emotion – love.

As part of the school’s inaugural Writers’ Festival, the school’s 300-plus pupils were asked to pen a letter from the heart to someone special. Parents were then invited to a special morning tea to read the letters, provoking a flood of tears.

“Quite a few of the parents were in tears,” festival organiser and the school’s assistant principal Wendy Foster said.

“We thought  it would be a great way of showing children how important a purpose and an audience was in writing.

“They do a lot of writing for assessment but not much real world stuff.

“Authors always say you need to have a purpose in your writing.

“We were able to show that writing could go beyond the classroom and have a meaning that can affect people deeply.”

The school will run the Writers’ Festival twice a year and will also encourage visits from authors.

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