During the lockdown Year 7 Carnegie Shadowers met every week after school on Teams to discuss the books on Carnegie Medal shortlist.
When lockdown approached the students involved borrowed as many of the books as were available from the Library and then sought other ways to access the books electronically and also through local bookshops who were delivering by bicycle and on foot. In one meeting we were even joined by one of the shortlisted authors and we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to take part in some online creative writing workshops with another of the authors.
Mrs Pocock-Bell was very impressed with the enthusiasm of the group week after week and was delighted when some of the students decided to enter a competition linked to the Shadowing scheme. She was even happier to receive an email in September from the CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway Shadowing team informing her that a St Helen’s student had won a complete set of the books shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award for picture books.
Angela (8J), a Carnegie Shadower last year, sat down after a day of Remote St Helen’s to design a certificate which would be awarded the winning author as voted by students in schools across the country who had taken part in the national Shadowing Scheme. Angela said she was inspired to do something creative and to spend time away from her computer. She said, “I used coloured pencils and my imagination, it was nice to be away from my screen!”
Angela's finished design was of a stage and a shining light where the winning author’s name would go. Angela felt that it was especially important to acknowledge people’s work and achievements in difficult times. She also said, “I don’t usually enter competitions, so it was a real surprise to win. I think children’s books should tackle difficult issues and it’s good that a range of topics are being covered now. I would definitely encourage others to just have a go at entering competitions and you might be surprised by the result!”