• Plan a class excursion to Scribblers Festival 2020. Download the Schools Program here
• Introduce Scribblers authors to your class by reading excerpts or researching their work.
• Discuss and debate this year's Golden Pen Award Theme: Planet Earth, to inspire story topics for your students, and encourage them to enter them in to The Golden Pen Award Writing Competition.
Start with a visit to your local library. Public libraries across Western Australia are invited to take part in our statewide Golden Feather Hunt. Check to see if your local library has registered and plan a class excursion so your students can hunt for feathers! There are great prizes to be won, including travel and accommodation for lucky golden feather finders from regional areas. Also encourage your students to take part in The Golden Pen Award Writing Competition, and share Scribblers Sessions & Snippets to bring the Festival to them!
The Scribblers Schools program has many benefits. Here are just a few:
• Celebrate the art of storytelling and spark a joy of reading in young children.
• Encourage older children to persist with their reading and to consider books over social media and gaming. Regular reading promotes empathy and deepens knowledge by introducing students to inspirational characters and important social issues.
• A Scribblers’ school excursion is a memorable experience for children of all ages and backgrounds.
• Good pedagogy: encourage better classroom engagement. Students can relate to their reading material more readily if they meet the author/illustrator in person. Strong literacy skills are central to the educational curriculum. Introducing students to creative professionals who have successful careers as authors and illustrators, is a wonderful way to inspire your students to focus on literacy.
• Fun and rewarding day out! Give students the chance to meet their favourite authors and have a ‘happy fan’ moment!
In the hustle and bustle of festivals and excursions it can be hard to capture comments and feedback from our audiences. We really appreciate your input so please pass on your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of our favourite comments from 2018:
“My most memorable moment was watching a shy, rather reclusive student come alive before my very eyes as she watched and then listened and then even verbally engaged with her peers about the ‘magic’ that Chris Riddell performed in front of her. She has a troubled past of self-harm and extreme anxiety and is often seen just in her corner with her earphones in her ears. She just loved the experience so much. SHE WAS ALIVE!! She had things to tell me, she was inspired!! She told me she knows now what she wants to do when she leaves school – illustrate for authors. It was like a lightbulb being switched on. Her face was radiant and smiling. I couldn’t help looking for her in the crowd because it was such a different look for her. I was so pleased to see her switched on.”
(Secondary English Teacher, Scribblers 2018)