Oh wow, what an incredibly special message to receive. This one made me a little 😪😅. Thank you so much to the wonderful teachers like Kate who help kids fall in love with books! Hi Jessica, I am a teacher at Merriwa Central School, and after much soul searching at the beginning of the year about a text that might inspire my very challenging and disengaged class of 31 Year 6 kids, I decided to go with “Indigo Blue”! Most of the kids have never been to the beach, let alone near a sailing boat! As well, our community is in the throes of the horrible drought, so the kids see water as something that is not fun and inspirational/ it is a necessity for survival! It has been one of the greatest joys of my 31 year teaching career to witness the joy of every one of my kids every single day for the whole of first term. We learned about everything to do with sailing, teenage angst and the ocean! While it was impossible to take the kids to sailing lessons or to the beach, given distance and financial constraints, I was able to share photos of ships, yachts, Crowdy Head and anything else I could think of. Crowdy Head is one of my favourite places in the world, so I did my best to share my love with them! Your book has stayed with all of us all year.....parents have asked to read it, the kids have regularly heard news items about sailing and shared them at school, and even talked about wanting to work with boats when they grow up. I received a photo via text today....and I have been in tears ever since! One of my girls asked her Mum if they could have a holiday to visit Crowdy Head because she needed to see it for real! This is 9 months after reading “Indigo Blue” and 9 months after you changed our lives. To top it all off, Ella saw whales! We have joked that there may have been a mer family with them! Thank you Jessica......you have inspired a group of country kids without even realising it! Read More →
2011 Young Australian of the Year Sailor
DOB: 1 / Jan / 1994
Jessica Watson is best known for sailing solo and nonstop around the world in 2010, aged 16. In 2011, Jessica skippered the youngest crew ever to compete in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. In 2012, Jessica was announced in the Australia Day Honours list, receiving an OAM for services to sailing and being a role model for the youth of Australia. These days Jessica is focusing on studying as well as her role with the United Nations World Food Programme.