Student squeaks her way to being published

Teacher Sandra Corcoran with Year 2 students Arnav, Sofia, Bronte, Charlottte and Amelie. Picture: Martin Kennealey d493855
Teacher Sandra Corcoran with Year 2 students Arnav, Sofia, Bronte, Charlottte and Amelie. Picture: Martin Kennealey d493855

NOT many eight-year-olds can say they are a published author, but Carramar Year 2 student Bronte Bailey is one who can.

As part of learning to write narratives in class, including the importance of character descriptions, a setting, problem and solution, the St Stephen’s School Year 2 students put together a piece about lonely mouse.

Teacher Sandra Corcoran and Rachel Wayman were so impressed with Bronte’s take on the narrative, centred on the ideas of resilience and friendship, that they worked with her to create an audio eBook version of the story.

“I asked Bronte about the purpose of her book and she stated it was to encourage people to make friends and never give up,” Mrs Corcoran said.

Once the students heard Bronte’s story, some children worked together on producing illustrations to accompany the story.

“Some children class drew pictures and I selected four to trace over digitally to use to overlay selected photographs to illustrate the story,” Mrs Corcoran said.

“The students who had their illustrations selected demonstrated they had taken into account Bronte’s detailed descriptions and drawn their art work accordingly.

“Three children had their photos included in the illustrations, along with photos of the school.

“Asher Daniells, who appears in three photos, was pro-active in creating scenes to show the lonely mouse making friends and playing with her.”

Using a range of digital technologies, including an iPad, Apple Pen, iPhone XS and MacBook, Bronte’s story came to life.

The students then listened to the draft version, learning about checking and editing work before publication, and it was submitted to Apple Books for approval.

Bronte said she still could not believe it.

“I feel very happy, excited and a bit embarrassed all at the same time when people congratulate me,” she said.

“My family is very proud of me.”

The Lonely Mouse is now on the Apple Book store globally by searching author Bronte Bailey.