BUDDING authors have seen their names in print as they captured the passing of the seasons.
Pupils at Birdham CofE Primary School spent 2013 recording the changing environment around them as part of a project to create a year-long nature diary.
“Normally I sit with my Xbox a lot, but since we started doing the book I’ve been off my bottom and outside more,” said ten-year-old Dominic Barth, one of the 56 children involved aged between eight and ten.
The idea came from teacher Jenny Quest, who was inspired by The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden.
When she and head teacher Mark McCadden saw what the children had produced, they looked at getting it published.
“We’re just absolutely bowled over by it,” said Jenny when she saw the finished product.
She contacted her friend, business consultant Julia Hixson.
“I enjoy volunteering and giving something back to the community,” Julia said.
“Jenny twisted my arm to get involved in binding the original single copy for the school library.
“When I saw the quality of the 180 pages of children’s work, and such stunning artwork, I just knew it should be brought to life for everyone.
“Many favours and very generous support from my client Superior Creative enabled production of commercially-bound 180-page books for the whole class and their families.
“I am really thrilled to have brought it to life.”
Mark said: “We do follow the national curriculum, but we have a much broader and more enriched school curriculum that we provide.”
Some of the young authors spoke about their work and were thrilled to see the finished product.
George Jones, 11, said: “When we go to high school, we will remember what we did back at primary school.”
Robert Monroe, nine, added: “I bet my parents will be proud. I’m so proud of all the effort we put in.”
Finally, ten-year-old Grace Shepherd said: “It’s so nice because you’ve got a different variety of every child’s work.”