27th January 2020 — Author Mitch Johnson visited Northcote Lodge to talk to the boys about his work as an author and present his debut book 'Kick'. The book’s running theme is a boy’s love for football and it sheds light on important issues such as child labour and sustainability.
During an interactive presentation, the boys took part in a variety of thought-provoking activities. It started with a dynamic game involving a football being thrown around the room so that they could take turn in revealing where an item of clothing they were wearing was made. It was followed by a fast-paced challenge about reassembling a pair of football boots against the clock, to give students an idea of what working in a sweatshop might be like. Then, there was a quiz designed to highlight the environmental and humanitarian issues surrounding fast fashion: did they boys know or think about where and how their clothes are made? During the final Q&A the boys had a chance to ask Mitch anything they liked. Unsurprisingly their questions ranged from ‘what does it take to be a real author’ to ‘what’s your favourite football player’!
Everyone attending the workshop not only thoroughly enjoyed Mitch’s presentation but learnt so much from it too.