Author Louis de Bernieres at Howard School

World famous author, Louis de Bernieres, visited  Howard Junior School on Thursday.

The British author, who is probably best known for his book, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin,  officially  opened the Gaywood school’s new library.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was made into a blockbuster film and Mr de Bernieres, who lives in Norfolk, spoke during a special assembly about his work and his forthcoming book.

Headteacher Gregory Hill said the new library was the country’s first glow in the dark library, which has a castle and Harry Potter theme.

The forward-thinking school has also unveiled a giant digital wall for 3D learning.

Mr Hill explained: “We can put on the wall a castle and a pupil can explore it in 3D and use their iPad too. This is all part of the Inspire Suite and we believe, Norfolk’s most advanced digital classroom.”

The school also recently held an iPad ceremony for Year Three pupils.

KL.FM presenter Simon Rowe and Flavio Vettese (Norfolk County Council educational development officer) presented the iPads.

Every pupil who had started in Year Three was given their own tablet with apps tailored for their needs.

Mr Howard explained it was part of the school’s iPad programme and every pupil will have their own tablet for the four years they are at the school.

The day also included an iPad video and themed cupcakes.