October 21st, 2016

Sydenham Primary pupils celebrate diversity

Sydenham Primary pupils celebrate diversity Sydenham Primary pupils celebrate diversity

THEY certainly have the gift of the gab at a Leamington school – and they have celebrated the fact by publishing a book.

Sydenham Primary School has more than 300 pupils speaking a combined 25 languages.

And when children’s author Lee Sterrey visited and offered to help them write a book, staff and pupils knew there was only one topic they wanted it to focus on – celebrating their variety of cultures and languages.

The Unique Unicorn follows the story of a unicorn who feels different from all of the other unicorns on her planet. She then meets an alien who takes her to Sydenham Primary where she celebrates her uniqueness.

The story was the creation of both the author and pupils.

Lee – whose other books include Doyley the Dormouse and The Buttercup Game – said: “The biggest demand of the school was how to include all 310 pupils, which certainly created a challenge.

“The teachers were insistent that every child should be involved, such is the ethos of the school.”

To help create the book, Lee – who lives locally – took a week of annual leave from her job at IBM and spent each day at the Calder Walk school.

She held a number of workshops, discussions, story-board and acting sessions, involving every child at the school.

The result is a book which is also full of 430 pieces of artwork and photos by the children to accompany the story.

She said: “We found a way to do it and I think the results are a tribute and celebration of Sydenham’s achievements.”

The book costs £6.99 and is available from Amazon.