15 February 2019

Priory’s Head of English, Mrs Gidden, has been really impressed with many of our multi-talented pupils lately and wanted to highlight their love of reading while excelling at other pursuits.

This week we interviewed Year 8 pupil, Rhianne.

Rhianne has already had a chance to get tips from the best for her writing – and she now gives tips to budding tennis stars!

When in Year 7, Rhianne was able to get in touch with her favourite author Ruth Eastham, sister of headteacher Mr Eastham, and review her new book ‘The Warrior in the Mist’ while also sending Ruth some of her own work to take a look at.

Rhianne is now in Year 8 and on the Accelerated Reader Programme and spends some of her spare time reading and a lot of it volunteering!

Rhianne has played tennis at South Ribble Tennis Club since she was around four or five and has recently completed her Young Leaders course.

“I saw an advert for free tennis lessons, went along and fell in love with the sport,” said Rhianne. “I play myself but I also enjoy volunteering. I spend around four hours a week teaching the smaller children, aged three-seven, tennis.

“I have just completed my Young Leaders course and aim to complete my Level One which will make me a fully qualified tennis coach.  I will have to organise three tournaments as well as umpiring and scoring correctly to achieve this.

“I just enjoy seeing children involved in sports. Nowadays with all this technology, children seem less involved in actually taking part in sport and, when they are involved in sport, tennis is perhaps one which is overlooked. It’s not as popular as football.

“I think it’s great to see children engaged in tennis and I want to carry on encouraging them to take part.”

Rhianne’s favourite subject is English and she admits, with reading and volunteering: “I do not have a lot of free time but I don’t mind at all.”