Herne Hill’s Judith Kerr Primary School pays tribute to its patron and namesake after the author’s death

Katherine Johnston (03 June, 2019) Education Culture

German-born Kerr came to London as a refugee

29857Judith Kerr at her most recent visit to the Half Moon lane primary school

Staff and students at Herne Hill’s Judith Kerr Primary School have paid tribute to their patron and namesake, the much-loved children’s author  who died last month.

Judith Kerr died on May 22, aged 95.  Famous for The Tiger Who Came To Tea, and her Mog series about a family cat who gets into all kinds of scrapes, Kerr first came to London as a refugee, when her Jewish family escaped Nazi Germany.

She was the patron of the bilingual primary school on Half Moon Lane, which opened in 2013, teaching in both English and German.

In memory of the writer, who had visited the school many times, the school held a special end of term assembly and read ‘Goodbye Mog’ to its pupils.

The school tweeted: “Judith’s warm and open outlook on life has become a central part of the school’s own personality.

“We’ll long remember and celebrate a wonderful friend.”

Local MP Helen Hayes also praised Kerr and the values in her books as she shared a picture of meeting Kerr two days after the murder of  her parliamentary colleague, Jo Cox.

“The message of hope, humanity and kindness in her wonderful books will live on,” she said.

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