Carclaze School pupils learn real life skills from writing, illustrating, printing and publishing books then selling them from a temporary shop, given by White River Place, and raising money for school trips.
Teachers Jenny Wood and Tom Hobbs visited the SAPC digital print shop team to talk through designs, seek expert advise, and have a professional designer ensure the presentation of the book showed off the childrens’ work*.
The digital team scanned the images drawn by the children to illustrate the book and SAPC designer Becky Dibb did the artwork, weaving her design skills through the words and illustrations provided by pupils.
Teacher Jenny said pupils have embraced the project, being fully immersed throughout the process from conception to completion.
The children have written, published, printed and sold their books. They’ve also created a stop motion animation of a Christmas story they had written, filmed it, and then shared it at a St Austell cinema.
SAPC printed 1200 copies of the two books, both written and illustrated by pupils, in our print factory in St Austell whilst the children looked on.
Jenny said SAPC not only ensured the presentation of the book was outstanding but contributed to an interactive learning experience for the children who were given a full tour of the print factory to see their job on the press.
This is immersive learning for pupils through projects which are real, interesting and engaging. The children love it – they love the learning and have real life skills which will stay with them forever.
The school visit was filmed by Westcountry news and featured on ITV although sadly the interview with SAPC regional sales manager (and famous print expert) Jon Hart wasn’t aired. Jon also visited the pupils at Carclaze School to talk to them about the printing and publishing process.
Ian Dibb digital print manager said the tour was a great success in contributing to the childrens’ learning.
Seeing their booklet being printed, to see it on the press, gave pupils a chance to experience manufacturing, publishing, and the printing process.
Listening to Jenny’s passion for this project it was clear that inviting the children to the factory to look at their print on the press and ask printers questions played a key part in the immersive learning process.
A huge thank you to Carclaze School from all the team at SAPC, we’re thrilled to be involved in this all round good community project.
*Artwork sponsored by St Austell Printing Company