What a positive experience we found the Emu Ink Schools' Publishing Programme to be here in Presentation Primary School Terenure. As pupils young and old fully engaged with the programme, we as teachers found the online resources invaluable. As stories neared completion the buzz around the school was palpable. The children counted the days till the published books arrived back. The launch day itself was such an enriching experience for one and all: the now published young authors, their proud as punch parents and the relieved teachers! The whole process truly raised awareness of and renewed interest in literacy and in creative writing in particular.
Over the summer unfortunately one of our pupil's home caught fire and all the contents of her bedroom were burned including all her toys, her clothes and her books. Her mum told us that the only loss that upset her was that of her published book Once Upon A Pres. She was devastated. Luckily a new copy was organised for her on the first day back at school! This sad tale was however for us true testament to how worthwhile this programme is. Give it a go!
Deirdre Coughlan, Support Teacher, Presentation Terenure, Dublin
The third class children in St. Louise de Marillac Primary School wrote an anthology of short stories. They really engaged with the writing process and learned so much about the skills associated with writing. The children were excited to see their creations in print. Their parents were extremely proud of their achievement.
I was absolutely thrilled with the quality of the book published my Emu Ink. It was a pleasure to collaborate with Emu Ink publishers on this project. Their professionalism, approachability and commitment to excellence made the whole process seamless.
Alma Quinn, Principal, St. Louise de Marillac, Ballyfermot, Dublin
It was my absolute pleasure working with Brian and all the gang from Emu. I was passionate about bringing this project into our school as I knew the benefits would be far reaching... Brian and his team guided me through the project and together with an amazing staff on board we witnessed the growth not only of a passion for writing in the children but a passion for reading also. Characters and plots became part of the chatter amongst kids in the classrooms and on the yard.
A book launch was the icing on the cake that will make this project one to remember in the lives of our children.... the day they officially became real authors.
Elaine Morrison, 2nd Class Teacher, St. Mary's CBS, Clonmel, Tipperary
We loved the whole process here in Presentation, Terenure. Teachers found the online resources extremely helpful and the pupils were easy to motivate as a result. Our finished anthology is something teachers, pupils and parents are genuinely delighted with. Our pupils here were just thrilled to become published authors.
Catríona Carney, 4th class teacher, Presentation Primary School, Terenure, Dublin
Following a telephone conversation with Emer Cleary, we got registered and started our online lessons. The lessons were the ideal format for our group as they provided clear, practical and progressive lessons and ideas to help the children improve upon and develop individual pieces of writing. The children used the lessons to edit and proof each others work and to formulate their book of stories and poems. In addition, they ran and judged a school writing competition for the other classes in the school and read and hand picked numerous entries to include in the book. The children were also able to design their own artwork to be included on the cover.
When we received the finished book, the children were delighted to see their work in print. The quality and presentation of the book is excellent and much support and assistance was provided by Emu Ink throughout the process.
We even had our own book launch before Christmas and had a lovely afternoon tea for the families of the writers group to Mark the occasion. The children read an extract of their own from the book and the difference in the children's confidence since beginning the programme was a joy to behold. I would not hesitate in recommending this project to other schools and hope to have the opportunity to take part in it again in future years.
Many thanks for everything!
Rachael Tierney, Teacher, Gaelscoil an Bhradáin Feasa, Meath