Ade's cyborg tale inspires youngsters

December 04 2019

Ade Adepitan with Toby and Isobel from Castle School

Ade Adepitan with Toby and Isobel from Castle School

WHEN school children named their class after one of their favourite authors, they never thought that very Paralympian and TV presenter would pay them a visit.
But that is what happened when Ade Adepitan dropped in at Castle Primary School to visit his namesake class. He visited the Adepitan class at the school in Newlands Road, Keynsham, to give them a sneak preview of his new book, Cyborg Cat and the Night Spider.
Ade also shared his inspirational story about surviving polio as a child and going on to compete as a wheelchair basketball player.
 He took the time to answer the children’s questions about himself and his books, and also showed off some of his impressive basketball skills.
The school, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, recently completed its expansion to two-form entry. This is when the four new classrooms, as well as the existing ten classes, were named after children’s authors to try to develop every child’s love of reading.
The Friends of Castle are also fundraising to create a new library and have invested £10,000 in new books.
Head teacher Chris Cannings said: “As we continue fundraising for the new library, as part of our aim to instil a lifelong love of reading in all our pupils, Ade’s visit really inspired all our children, with two of our most reluctant readers immediately asking to take copies of his book home with them that very afternoon.
“The children’s verdict was that his story of overcoming challenges in his life has inspired them to truly believe they can achieve anything, with some adding that it was the best day at school ever!”
Ade, who was awarded an MBE for his contribution to disabled sport, represented Great Britain at the Paralympics. He is now a popular TV personality, presenting many of his own shows, as well as being a regular on The One Show.
The school’s Adepitan and Morpurgo classes also went to Bath Children’s Literature Festival to hear Ade talking more about his books.