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THE TRUE STORY OF POCAHONTAS
PUBLISHED WITH HELP FROM HEACHAM JUNIOR SCHOOL
Feature and Photos by Stella of Heacham-On-Line

 
As part of the American Roots in English Soil Project (Aries), pupils in Year 6 at Heacham Junior School have been involved in the production and publishing of a book telling the true version of the Virginian Princess Pocahontas, who was married to John Rolfe of Heacham.  The book was written to commemorate America's 400th birthday with the anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Virginia (the first permanent English-speaking settlement in America).

The book, "Mrs John Rolfe of Heacham - Better Known as Pocahontas", written by author and lecturer, John Haden with considerable contributions from the pupils and staff at Heacham Junior School, was officially launched on Thursday, 30 March 2006, at Norfolk Lavender with the personal support of Managing Director, Henry Head.  It is the third of a series of books promoting the research into links of our own region with early American history.

 

The launch of

"Mrs John

Rolfe -

Better

Known as

Pocahontas"

was

exceptionally

 well supported.
 
Amongst the

proud parents

and teachers

were members

of the local

business

community

and Heacham

Parish Council.
Pictured above is Jade Dennis (11) holding up a copy of the book - and also below the photo takes in the
Pocahontas exhibition display which has obviously had a lot of hard work put into it
by Heacham Junior School pupils

 
The Guest of Honour, was Christopher Nyce who was accompanied by his wife Rukmini and daughter, Rasa).  Mr Nyce and his family represented the United States Embassy to underline the significant Heacham/American connection.
 

Above - addressing Year 6 pupils at Heacham Junior School are:
The book's author, John Haden Guest of Honour, Christopher Nyce

 
Credit for their tremendous role in enabling the children to make such positive contributions to the book went to Mr Brian Griffin and Mrs Carolyn Ward (teachers at Heacham Junior School) during speeches made by Mrs Darley (Headteacher at Heacham Junior School), Mr Haden and Mr Nyce.

Following the accolades, pupils entertained an extremely "full house" with a drama presentation relating to the life of Pocahontas and a narrative entitled "And Is It True?".

The highly successful event finished with the traditional book signing by the key protagonists.

Heacham-On-Line says "well done Heacham Junior School".

 

   
Above & Below  - Pupils perform a drama presentation and narrative for the supporting audience
 Below - some of the local community who attended to support the launch
   
Below, John Haden signs books Below, Headteacher, Mrs Darley signs a pupil's copy
 
 
The book is now on sale at 5.99 per copy and is available from:

Heacham Junior School, College Drive, Heacham, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 7EJ
International Tel: +44 1485 571013          Local Tel: 01485 571013
International Fax: +44 1485 572367          Local Fax: 01485 572367

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Hunstanton Road, Heacham

Norfolk Lavender, Caley Mill, Heacham, Norfolk
 
 

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