Konnie Huq returned to her old school to curate a science-fuelled workshop `Science, Explosions and Scribbling’, to tie in with the launch of her first book Cookie!… and the Most Annoying Boy in the World.
Konnie, who attended Notting Hill & Ealing High School between 1986 – 1993, shared her fascination and self-confessed obsession with science with current students via her curated science workshop.
“Science is super cool. Science is the reason the tech all works. The reason we can fly planes, drive cars. That the floor doesn’t fall down”.
All girls from NHEHS Junior School in Years 3-6, along with children from neighbouring school, Christ the Saviour, C of E Primary School, were treated to an uplifting hour of fun and games. Konnie started the session with an imaginative draw-along, creating a comic strip story with input from the 200 children gathered in the School Hall. This was followed by a brainbusting quiz, which had hands straining to provide answers and an uplifting reading from her book. An experiment with mints and lemonade created an explosive finale.
Recognising the importance of reading, Huq commented:
“Reading books is so mega important. Books give people empathy, which makes people good kind people and become amazing adults, which makes the world a nicer place.”
“Notting Hill & Ealing High School has a special place in my heart. I remember doing English in Room 24 and I fondly remember the Science block – which is still there. My English and Science lessons have come full circle now that I’m introducing current students to my new book”.
Cookie!… and the Most Annoying Boy in the World (Piccadilly Press, £10.99) is the first of a series for young readers (aged 8-12) and introduces the world to Cookie Haque – nine years old, obsessed with science and ready to take on the world.