Reflecting on the huge and sustained success of her mischievous creation, the author delighted her riveted audience with some original stories. The pleasing alliteration littered throughout these enormously successful books apparently has its origin in the rather unusual undergraduate degree in Anglo-Saxon that Francesca took at Oxford University.
More specifically, the name ‘Horrid Henry’ originated with the American-born author’s delight in the uniquely English expression ‘horrid’! The character ‘Moody Margaret’ was named after the late Mrs Thatcher, and Henry’s brother ‘Perfect Peter’ had his beginning in the rancorous sibling rivalry that the author experienced in her own childhood.
Francesca also treated us to the inaugural reading of her brand new and appropriately alliterative book, ‘Horrid Henry and the Krazy Ketchup,’ accompanied by brilliant live illustrations courtesy of her long-time collaborator Tony Ross.
Prior to the event, a group of lucky pupils who are joining St Nicholas House in September, had a special birthday party in The Summer House at the Hay Festival. Francesca Simon joined them in person to cut the specially prepared birthday cake, making the party complete!
And by the way … she didn’t eat all of the birthday cake!!
Spirit Day Friday Night Lights On Friday 1st December, Christ College hosted a festive match under the lights, an event which has become an annual tradition against Llandovery College. There was a great atmosphere on and off the pitch with staff, pupils and parents all…Read on
London Art and Photography Trip. On the 16th & 17th November, our 6th Form artists and photographers completed a two day visit to London, enjoying a selection of world class exhibitions and collections in various galleries and museums. Day 1 Our art students started their…Read on
We are delighted to share some cricket news, following a busy summer for sisters Eve, Tess and Beth; Beth captained the East Wales Girls U11 cricket team at the Wales girls cricket festival in Aberystwyth, where East, West, North and South Wales teams play each…Read on
This week we have had three consecutive days of enrichment led by the English Faculty, just a small snapshot of the wonderful experiences our pupils get to have beyond the classroom. Head of English, Dr Gareth Evans reports: Tuesday On Tuesday, over fifty pupils in…Read on
Congratulations to Ffion , Year 10, who has completed her voluntary service as Head Chorister at Brecon Cathedral and now goes on to join the Cathedral Consort. Ffion holds a Music Award at Christ College and is studying Music at GCSE. She is currently playing…Read on