12 Apr Nayland hosts Writers’ Day

The Nayland College year 10 extension English class spent weeks preparing themselves for a swathe of primary and intermediate aged literati as they opened their doors for Nayland College Writer’s Day on Tuesday.

Participants took part in workshops, did quizzes, and listened to invited special guests who included publisher Robbie Burton from Potton and Burton Publishers, childrens book illustrator and writer Tracy Duncan, as well as multisport champion Nathan Fa’avae speaking on his recent biography release.

The concept for the day came from studying the heritage of Poets’ Corner in Stoke, and morphed into a celebration of the writers’ craft. Students have been learning about famous writers, creating displays, event organization, teamwork, and self-management.

Ruben Castaing explained the benefits to his learning were around getting out of the classroom. “I have enjoyed the actual experience of going out into the world. For example, when I went to a neighbouring intermediate and spoke to their assembly. That was a valuable experience.”

Zarrie Wood’s task was to find sponsorship. This meant meeting up in person with potential sponsors. At first she found this a bit daunting but has learned, “You have to have a plan and a clear idea. You can’t just turn up and say ‘Oh we might do this…we might do that.’ You need to be clear about what you want.”

Oliver Stark is hopeful that participating schools: “… were captivated by the day, and got a good impression of Nayland College.”

Sponsors for the event were Potton and Burton Publishers; Page and Blackmore; Office Max; Fitzgerald Construction and Paper Plus.