Monday, 8 November 2010

Tom Palmer - he shoots, he scores!

On Wednesday, Tom Palmer- the famous football author, visited our school because last year Nye Bishop, Bella Reynolds and Zak Rothwell entered a competition on Tom’s website and guess what? They only went and won!

On the day he was due to come, I arrived at school and everyone was in a very good mood. In assembly every time we heard a creak in the hallway or a door straining on its hinge, we all turned around and looked at the big green doors (hoping it was Tom Palmer, it never was). Although we didn’t see him in collective worship, class 4 had a surprise waiting for them upstairs. You may have heard of striking gold before but we didn’t - we struck a goal!

Tom Palmer was up in our classroom talking to Mr. Sturgess when we all came up from the hall. Suddenly the classroom buzzed with excitement (and I could have sworn I felt an electric shock or two!) We followed Tom down to the hall and got straight into our lesson. Tom set up a portable goal and asked Mr. Sturgess to put us in groups. Once in teams we all got a piece of paper and wrote our team name on it. My group was called: The A-Team! Tom was really nice to us and told us that we were doing a quiz. After, he said “Don’t worry you girls the questions won’t all be about football there will be some about books too!”Soon all the questions were answered and Tom told us that for each question we got correct we would get a penalty at the goal. The winner, the team with the most goals, would receive a trophy: the penalty shoot out reading game trophy!

Everyone took their penalties and it came down to sudden death! My team vs Dominic’s group and Charlie’s Group - all on one goal each. In the end Charlie’s team came out on top, winning a deserved trophy!

Tom worked with each class in the school. Everyone had a super time with Tom but I have to say I think I had the best day. I brought a story that I had written in the holidays. Tom looked at it and said: ‘This is amazing!’ I was so proud that he really did think I had talent. Tom is really cool. I don’t know about other people but he is definitely my favourite author. Go Tom!

You can find out more about Tom and his books at

Look out for the report in this week's Wetherby News!


  1. I agree - Tom was great! Class 4 have really been enjoying their signed copies of 'Off Side' since his visit. This is a great blog post - well done!

  2. He was brilliant, and such a nice man. A big thank you to Nye, Bella and Zak for winning the visit, and a HUGE thank you to Tom for the time he gave us. (P.S. Great blog entry, Charles)

  3. My daughter Jessica was very impressed with Tom. She was so inspired by him that she has decided that she would like to become a writer when she grows up!

  4. we had waited soooooooo long for him to come!!!!!!! and he came it was great fun i really liked the football quize!!!!!!!!!!

  5. A HUGE thank to Tom palmer for giving up his time he gave us.Class 3 really enjoyed their signed copies 'off side' since his visit it was great fun I really enjoyed the football quize!!!!!!!!

  6. looks good class 3

  7. i bet you had a great time when tom palmer came

    hibat ur-rehman

  8. it was really fum when tom palmer came.i enjoyed the book he gave was brilliant.
    i loved the quiz

    amat ur-rehman

  9. i like the book what tom palmer gave me
    it was fun

    abdul lone

  10. it was awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. we had so much fun we evenhad our picture taken for the newspaper