Kids’ author hosts workshops
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.
Fairlie Primary School hosted author Jennifer Somervell for a workshop.