On Tuesday this week, the well-known author Tom Palmer came to Bruern. He gave an engaging talk to all boys in separate sessions with juniors and seniors in the local Community Centre. The boys were great ambassadors for the school; they listened and behaved well and asked some great questions. Tom spoke passionately about his long journey to become an author from his origins of being a lad from Leeds who couldn't read or write. It resonated with the boys and they connected with him. It helped that his main themes and interests are football, dogs and war! After a conversational talk, the session ended with a penalty shot-out competition when five boys - who had answered some quiz questions - stepped up to try to score a penalty against a teacher. Miss Ward's skills as a keeper were legendary but Balthazar B. managed to get one past her to chalk up a victory in the senior competition, while Henry C. won the junior trophy, easily foxing a hapless Mr Overend!