Celebrated author of ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ swoops into Bury St Edmunds school

Author Cressida Cowell visited St Louis Middle School.
Author Cressida Cowell visited St Louis Middle School.

Pupils were given a soaring literary treat when the author of the acclaimed How To Train Your Dragon series swooped into St Louis Middle School, in Bury St Edmunds, to share her secrets.

To a captive audience of about 470 youngsters including some from Hardwick and Westley Middles plus St Edmund’s Primary, Cressida Cowell spoke about her latest entry How To Betray a Dragon’s Hero.

The story was adapted into a Hollywood animated film three years ago and Cressida showed pupils a clip of the highly-anticipated sequel.

Rosemary Irish, librarian at St Louis, said: “She gave a really good engaging talk about how she came to be a writer and the children were really enthusiastic with lots of books sold.”

Her visit was the latest stop in a publishing tour and was organised by Waterstone’s, in the Buttermarket, where she also made an apppearance.

n Eighty five pupils from schools in the Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust spent a science themed day at Lackford Lakes. They took part in a range of experiments through four sessions - aquatic habitats, bird watching, invertebrate sampling and meadow habitats.

The schools secured data which they will use in the all-through science curriculum.

n Parents were given the chance to work with their children in class during a Sharing Morning at Crawford’s Primary, in Haughley.

The school has welcomed new head Emma Jones, who is keen on developing strong learning behaviours to equip pupils for the future such as being an effective team player and developing the ability to be reflective as well as independence and determination. The curriculum has a strong emphasis on promoting creativity through the arts.

n Former world champion BMX rider Mike Mullen rode into Rattlesden Primary for the Be the Best You Can Be programme. He focused on three rules for pupils - never give up, find a great role model and believe in yourself.

n British historian and broadcaster Dr Suzannah Lipscomb gave a talk ‘Politics and History: The Court of Henry VIII’ at Culford School for its Scholars and Gifted and Talented programme.