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‘Inspirational’ teacher returns to see the library inspired by her storytelling

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 01, 2014

  • 01/04/14 New library at Violet Way Academy - Violet Way, Stapenhill New library opening at Violet Way Academy with the former deputy head Jennifer McGreevy who inspired a big mural which went on one of the walls.

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A FORMER teacher whose magical storytelling inspired the decoration in a new library has returned to officially launch it for the next generation of readers.

Staff and ex-pupils at Violet Way Academy all have fond memories of the theatrical reading skills of former deputy head teacher Jennifer McGreevy, as she brought to life famous Roald Dahl figures including Mrs Trunchbull the BFG and Willy Wonka.

Today, she returned to the Stapenhill School to see library walls filled with paintings of her favourite characters, as she shared her love of stories with children who are at the school now.

“She was always so good at telling stories, so we thought she was the best person to come back to open the library. She’s inspirational,” said principal Dianne Marshall.

Mrs McGreevy left Violet Way six years ago to take semi-retirement, but her legacy was well and truly set in stone when staff were looking to revamp their old library. Children were asked to design a mural, which was then created in mosaic, but the art team thought there was still something missing.

Traci Woodward, part of the staff art team, told the Mail: “We looked at the rest of the library, and it looked dreary in comparison, so together with a group of now adult ex-pupils who remember Jen we drew, painted and sketched the exciting characters from the stories of the Roald Dahl books of which Jen would read.”

The official launch today (Tuesday) saw Mrs McGreevy telling stories in assembly, before taking smaller groups into the new library for more storytelling fun.

She said: “It’s so nice to be remembered. Often children who have grown up will say they remember me reading the stories, which is lovely. I was really pleased when the head asked if I would come to do the stories to make the day special for the children.

"The library is so lovely, I think if you can bring a story to life and replace the omnipresent video and DVD it can show children that you can get as much pleasure from reading a book as watching TV.”

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