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Year 5 Students enjoy a writing workshop with a local author thanks to IMB School Banking


Spiders are very often misunderstood, but last week a group of primary school students in Year 5 at St Pius X Wollongong made friends with Henry Huntsman. Henry Huntsman, a fictional arachnid and star of a children’s book by local primary school teacher and author Thommo Caulfield, was the subject of a writing workshop at the school.

The Year 5 St Pius X class won the opportunity to hear more about Henry and learn from his creator, Thommo, in a competition that was part of the IMB Bank School Banking program. In the competition, one student from each of IMB’s school banking schools won a signed copy of Henry Huntsman as well as a copy for their school library. And while we love the Henry Huntsman story, we also love the story behind the book.

“The publication of Henry Huntsman was funded through a KickStarter campaign and it was a team effort,” Thommo explained.

“My fiancee’s sister, Renata, who lives and works in Brazil, illustrated the story for me as a surprise and she is now working on my new book, more adventures of Henry Huntsman.”

As part of the workshop students split into groups to write their own short stories. Finished stories will be sent to Thommo for judging and winners will be published on the IMB Bank website.

“The kids and I had a really fun time together and they are now developing their own stories. It was a cool experience and I really enjoyed their spontaneous creativity,” Thommo said.

St Pius X has been part of the IMB School Banking Program since September 2016. IMB’s School Banking program is a fun and easy way for kids to learn about money and the benefits of regular saving.

The beehive on the IMB Bank website has some fun Henry activities, plus more information about Henry and his creators Thommo and Renata. Anyone wishing to purchase a copy of Henry Huntsman can contact Thommo via the Boo Publishing Facebook page – or head to the Coledale Twilight Markets on Wednesday 20 December.

Henry Huntsman online activities