Middle Kinglake Primary School, 2015
Middle Kinglake Primary School completed the Launch Pad Program in Term 2 of 2015, with their book launch in Term 3.
23 students participated in the program, from grades 4, 5, and 6, each student completing a short story of their own that was included in the finished book.
Middle Kinglake Primary School was the first school to create a Launch Pad Book, and we had a lot of fun working together. We even had a visit from the local newspaper!
Meagan Callander, School Principal - "Middle Kinglake Primary School have been lucky enough to work with Ander Louis to publish their very own book of short stories. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the project and the benefits were huge. The project culminated with an official book launch and students, staff, families and the wider school community were thrilled with the results. We thank Ander for his time and expertise and look forward to working with him again in the future."
Catherine James, Teacher Librarian - "Andrew worked exceptionally well with the students of Middle Kinglake Primary School. He worked collaboratively with teachers and children. The children were inspired to write in their own voice. They very much looked forward to his sessions. He talked to all children individually and gave them excellent writing advice. The book produced looked fantastic and the children were very proud of the end result. There was a very positive response from the children, teachers and parents to the book writing program. An excellent program that easily complements what already is happening in the classroom."
Carlton Gardens Primary School, 2015
Carlton Gardens Primary School completed the Launch Pad Program in Term 3, and held their book launch in December.
It was the largest of the 3 Launch Pad Books created in 2015, with a whopping 64 stories and 470 pages.
I hear these students also made a film this year... what a creative bunch! Very impressive!
Sophie Archibald, Parent – “Nikita was so excited with this project and with this unique experience having a piece published together as a whole for a new project! Unfortunately Nikita didn't submit her piece properly in computer format and wasn't able to have her writings printed. Perhaps a list with all students could be ticked off before final print? Then all students would be happy!”
Grant McDonald, Parent – “What a great idea to remember the year’s students by!”
Alex Biaggini, 5/6 Teacher – “Andrew was an absolute pleasure to work with! The students were excited to work with him from the beginning to the very end and we all couldn't be happier with the end product. If you are considering The Launch Pad Program for your school, do it!”
Jin Gan, Student – “It was a great and fun opportunity to be able to meet a real author.”
Martin Symes, School Council President/Parent - "Andrew, a huge thank you for your creativity, hard work, and mentoring of the students at Carlton Gardens PS to create this wonderful book. The kids have had fun and learnt a lot at the same time - what more could you wish for?"
Akanksha, Student - "It was a great opportunity to learn the process of being an author. I had great fun."
Emma Patterson, 5/6 Teacher – “It was great to have the students working towards a very real and exciting goal. It was really beneficial for them to work purposefully, putting their knowledge and skills into practice. Having a beautiful end product made the whole experience very rewarding. The launch party was a lot of fun with many proud and happy students and families.”
Karen Symes, Parent – “Great idea – children really engaged and excited about writing and being published. Well done on a wonderful initiative!”
Jenny Chen, Parent - "It has been a great opportunity for my daughter to be part of this program. She has since developed a lot of interests in reading and writing, as well as her imagination! It has improved her creative writing, and she is proud of being part of this program."
Shelly Fehring, 5/6 Teacher - "The Launch Pad Program was a really great experience for my classroom. Our students focussed on 'the writing process,' from planning through to publishing, and this program allowed the students to see their writing in an extremely rewarding way. They were so excited and proud. Thanks Andrew!"
Tina McDougall, School Principal - "Our students at CGPS were thrilled to have the opportunity to complete the Writing Process. They were so excited and proud to see the final product… A published book, with all of their hard work! Thank you Andrew!"
Donburn Primary School, 2015
Donburn Primary School completed the Launch Pad Program in Term 3, 2015, with the Launch Party hosted in December.
Their book contains a story from every grade 5 student from the year - 53 students! - and has a total of 365 pages.
The students invited their grade 1 buddies to the Launch Party, as well as parents, family, and teachers. It was definitely the biggest launch party we've thrown so far, and a lot of fun!
Caroline Greenwood, Parent - "Wow, what an amazing experience for the children. I wish I could have done this when I was at school!"
Jieh Ni Koh, Student – “I really enjoyed the writing program. It was really fun.”
Andrea Vertori, Library Teacher – “The book launch was a wonderful opportunity for the Grade 5 Students to be proud of their writing. The book is a wonderful chance to celebrate the children’s creativity. It is a wonderful Christmas gift!”
Julie Mulcahy, Parent – “My daughter loves to read and this programme has been perfect for her. Would highly recommend the programme.”
Ella Buszano, Student - "I really enjoyed being an author! I thought it was very fun and cool to learn how to write a book and have it like a real book. Thanks Andrew."
Gemma Harrop, Student - "I really enjoyed this amazing opportunity! It has given me a lot of motivation for being an author. Thank you Andrew!"
Anson Tang, Student - "I really enjoyed writing my own adventure story. I also learnt lots of hints and tips for writing. It was really fun."
Natalie Koh, Student – “I really enjoyed writing my story with Andrew. Had a great time.”
Julie Hoskin, Assistant Principal - "A fabulous project! The students were privileged to work with a published author! They were very excited when they saw their own work in a professionally bound book. A truly worthwhile experience."