Authors *Ali Foster and Catherine Cooper have written a book called,  “Good for You Helen Dew”. It focuses on Helen’s sustainability work in the community and has strong messages for young audiences around how they can demonstrate leadership in sustainability in their own school and wider communities. It looks at the themes of consumerism and promotes recycling and buying local.  

Workshop Content:
Students will spend the morning with the tutors and Garry Foster, organiser of Masterton’s Community Garden learning about an element of sustainability and the science behind that element.
The afternoon will be spent with Ali and Catherine working on a written or illustrated piece of work.
Ali and Catherine will also set a challenge to the students to pass on what they have learnt back at school and introduce a competition to all students. 

Winners will be invited to the official book launch in July.

Students to return to school and pass on what they have learnt and all competition details  
Teachers, Teacher Aide or an interested parent are welcome to attend.

Date: Wednesday 19th May 
Venue: 650 Matahiwi Road, Masterton
Time: 9.00am-2.30pm

Guide to Selection of Students
Years 6-8
Self Managing
Are keen readers and writers or artists
An interest in the environment  is a nice to have, but not essential as the tutors wish to inspire our young people into action ! 

Ali Foster is passionate about writing picture books. Her first picture book, Elwyn’s Dream, illustrated by Viv Walker (Random House 2018) won the Mitre 10/ Conservation Foundation takahe picture book competition. She is also the author of The Eels of ANZAC Bridge, A Beam of Bright Light, Trompet and Trumbone and Sam’s Bath. Much of Ali’s writing is inspired by nature and the environment and she has a strong interest in preserving the planet for future generations
* Catherine Cooper is a Wairarapa-based author and writing coach.She has published two books for adults (The Western Home, 2014, and White Elephant, 2017), and her first co-authored children’s book is forthcoming from Duck Creek Press. Catherine is passionate about the power of creativity to heal and inspire, and she supports other writers through personalised writing coaching and by delivering workshops and writing programmes in libraries and schools.



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