Kids leap into action to save librarian

Kids learning all about journalism 'LOCATION: Fitzwilliam Primary School, Second Avenue, Fitzwilliam'Pictured: Chelsea Briggs, Katie Beaumont, Caitlyn Handley with reporter Katie Butler.'PICTURE BY MATTHEW PAGE
Kids learning all about journalism 'LOCATION: Fitzwilliam Primary School, Second Avenue, Fitzwilliam'Pictured: Chelsea Briggs, Katie Beaumont, Caitlyn Handley with reporter Katie Butler.'PICTURE BY MATTHEW PAGE

THE CHILLING news that a school librarian had gone missing was all it took for pupils to try their hands at being roving reporters and police officers for the day.

Fitzwilliam Primary School’s librarian, Mrs West, suddenly vanished last Tuesday.

But it was all a rouse, part of a literacy project to encourage the youngsters to learn new skills, and it was up to the children to try and find her.

As part of the project they had to find clues, interview the eye witnesses who saw her last and compile a newspaper article and police report in the hopes of finding her.

They even got the help of Express reporter, Katie Butler, and police from the South East neighbourhood police team.

The inquisitive youngsters asked lots of questions, such as where and when she was last seen to try and track her down.

They then put all of their clues together and worked as a team to find her.

Luckily their efforts paid off and she was found later that day.

Teacher Paul Quarry said it was a fantastic way for the children to learn how important writing is.

He said: “This project has given them a chance to learn to write for different purposes, and making it fun for them to learn.

“It also showed how writing is an integral part of so many jobs after they leave school.”