Year 10

Some of our year 10’s have recently read a book written by the author Eric Brown; the title of the book is “Twocking”.
It is the story of two young people who get involved with anti-social behaviour, and it has a tragic ending. The characters, Joey and Emma can be compared to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, as one is weak and the other is controlling.
The Year 10’s wrote letters of appreciation to the author and were delighted to receive this personal reply.

The book is published by Barrington Stoke who specialise in text for dyslexic young people, this has inspired our Year 10’s to read more!

Eric Brown
17 Crofts Road
Cockburnspath
Berwickshire
TD13 5YB
Tel: 01368 830338
9111 December, 2015
SF Website: ericbown.co.uk

Dear George, James, Matthew, Olivia, Sandy, and Storm,

How wonderful to receive your fascinating letters! It’s great that you enjoyed Twocking and took the time to write to me. I don’t get many fan letters, so your letters and questions were very much appreciated.
George, I’m glad you liked the crash scene and the tragic twist — it was hard to write this, as you can imagine. It’s always difficult to kill off your characters!
James, thanks for your kind words about Twocking, and that you feel it’s made you want to embrace more books. This is one of the reasons why I write.
Matthew, thanks for your letter, and I’m delighted you found one of my other Barrington Stoke books, Guiity. I would have liked to have written more in Twocking about Joey, whether he did well at school or turned to a life of crime — but I simply didn’t have the space to do this.
Olivia, I’m glad you thought the book excellent, and found the ending moving (I was moved when I was writing the ending, too) — and will there be a sequel? See below!
Sandy, many thanks for your thoughtful review of Twocking. It’s interesting that you felt that a sequel was not necessary, and that it is better to leave the reader guessing.
Storm, thank you for comparing my book to a Greek tragedy — that’s great. You asked me where I got the inspiration for Twocking. Well, many years ago I met some young adults who had stolen cars in their younger days — and they told me how it had landed them in trouble. I went away and thought about this, and day¬dreamed, and the story of Joey and Emma developed over time.
Will there be a sequel?…
Some of you would like to see a sequel, others not.
Well, I’d love to write a sequel, following Joey’s progress after the accident. I know how he would have developed, learned to live with the tragedy and the grief, and get on with his life.
Thirteen years have elapsed since the events depicted in Twocking. That means that Joey would now be around 2.
I’ve been thinking about Joey a lot recently, and I can tell you how he’s getting on.
He managed to come to terms with the shattering events portrayed in Twocking. He had a lot to get over— Emma’s death and that of Louise’s baby — but he thought that if he gave in to grief and turned to a life of crime, or drugs or alcohol, then he would be failing a lot of people. So he decided to throw himself into his school work, and he did quite well. It also helped that, a year after the tragic events, he met a wonderful girl called Sue. She helped him get over his loss, and encouraged him to become an apprentice electrician.
The years passed and Joey was happy with his job, and last year he and Sue got married. He still looks back at the time of Twocking with sadness, but also with relief that he managed to survive and become a better person.
(But the fact is that I won’t be writing a sequel to Twocking as the publisher, Barrington Stoke, don’t want one. However, maybe one day another publisher might decide they would like to read more about Joey. You never know…)
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Once again, many thanks for writing to me, and I’d like to give a big thanks to your teacher Ms Archer for introducing you to Twocking in the first place.

eric

Best wishes, and have a great Christmas,

Ramillies Autumn Term

Our Autumn Term finished with a flourish. The pupils in the Juniors, Years 7, 8 and 9 put on the Ramillies version of ‘A Christmas Carol’, with traditional carols sung by all.
Christmas jumpers, ties and other paraphernalia were worn on the day. Our Charity Officers Adil, Harry, Sam and Ben N organised a cake sale and a ‘Guess the Dog’s Name’ raffle to raise money for Barnardos, and Ben H, Oliver and Cameron also helped with the preparation and the sale. It was a great team effort.
The draw for the raffle took place at the end of the concert, with Amelia winning the dog which she had aptly named Thomas. Thomas Barnardo being the founder of the charity. What a coincidence!
All in all, the pupils, staff and parents raised £296.99 for Barnardos. It was a wonderful ending to the term.
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Ramillies.

Junior Pantomime Trip to Romiley Forum

We had a great time at the pantomime Mother Goose. The children got involved and the audience participation from start to finish was great fun.
We were the first school to arrive and we sang carols to the sound engineers as we found our places.
Charlie was the outstanding star of the show as Mother Goose’s son and the children showed a fondness to him as he arrived on stage they shouted ‘Hiya, Charlie’. Priscilla was also a favourite; she was the golden goose who laid golden eggs and brought riches to Mother Goose.
We danced to ‘Uptown Funk’ by Bruno Mars and Take That’s ‘These Days’ and ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’.