Kids’ au­thor hosts work­shops

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ME­GAN SUTHER­LAND

South Can­ter­bury schools wel­comed a well-known New Zealand chil­dren’s au­thor to con­duct work­shops last week.

Based in Ox­ford, in North Can­ter­bury, Jen­nifer Somervell did a round of work­shops across South and Mid Can­ter­bury, at Fair­lie Pri­mary School, at Al­bury School, where St Joseph’s School, Fair­lie pupils also at­tended, Long­beach School, Carew Peel For­est School, and Lake Tekapo School, where Mt Cook School pupils also at­tended.

She said the pupils acted out the plots in the books, which were based on real life events from her child­hood in the 1960s and 1970s.

One of the scenes was based on her child­hood pet pigs, Josephine and Napoleon, who would al­ways es­cape. She said pupils from Years 1 to 4 dressed up as the pigs and there were char­ac­ters for her­self and fam­ily mem­bers.

‘‘There was no short­age of them want­ing to dress up. It was re­ally fun, it was ab­so­lutely hi­lar­i­ous,’’ she said. ‘‘It cap­tures them and they then are learn­ing when they don’t even know they are learn­ing.

‘‘I re­ally en­joy go­ing to the ru­ral schools as this is where those sto­ries are cre­ated,’’ she said.

Older pupils, from years 5 to 8, were given prac­ti­cal writ­ing work­shops in which Somervell went through the process of writ­ing a book from start to fin­ish with them.

PHOTO: DOUG FIELD/STUFF

Fair­lie Pri­mary School hosted au­thor Jen­nifer Somervell for a work­shop.

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