World Book Day cross-curricular workshop

Our World Book Day cross-curricular workshop went down a storm on Wednesday 28th February. The students had a really varied day, and all completed a really lovely children’s story book with paper-cut illustration.

We are really fortunate that the Canadian paper-cut illustrator, Ashley Barron, got involved and gave our students hints and tips. She then selected books to be awarded bronze, silver or gold.

Gold award: Little Red Rabbit Beats the Bullies by Wesley Buck and Isaac Walton.

Silver Award: The First Adventure of Timmy the Turtle by Jake Watson and Ben Yarrow.

Bronze Award: Marvin the Monkey by Isabella Sainsbury, Megan Griffiths Hughes, Jasmine Mellersh and Juliette Gates.

A Walk in the Woods by Tori White and Roisin Hegarty


Here is a write up by Olivia Radestock in Year 9:

On the 28th of February this year a select few students who are thriving in Art or English were invited to create a story based on the art of Ashley Barron and in the style of a traditional children’s story book. Our options for the theme of the story were to either set it in the woods, the jungle, or under the sea. My group chose under the sea and we spent the whole day brainstorming, writing and designing our stories before printing them into real books! Our story was based on a shark who was miss-judged but still manages to make friends. It was called ‘The Unlikely Friendship of the Shark and the Turtle’.

The books were aimed predominantly at the younger audience so they had to be suitable to be used as bedtime stories. We were taught at the beginning of the day how to create paper-cut decoupage, which is done by layering up paper to create an image. We were also shown numerous children’s books for art inspiration and ways to lay out the books in a traditional manner. This was my second year being part of this event and I have really enjoyed it both times.

I am Year 9 now and with my GCSE’s becoming ever closer I have chosen to partake in Art as one of my four chosen subjects. With brilliant Art and English facilities it is hard to imagine how anyone would not thrive in these subjects and be honoured to participate in the World Book Day event.

Olivia Radestock, Year 9


Ashley Barron in her studio


A few sneak peaks of the fantastic books made:

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