Perfect Ideas for Starting Your Yearbook
Type: All | Category: Yearbooks | Date: 1st March 2017
These are the perfect ideas for content for your end of school yearbook. So whether you’re simply seeking advice or after a rough guide of topics to begin your journey, Leavers’ Books are here to help.
No idea’s original. But are you still feeling stuck? Hit a brick wall? Still seeking content and not sure where to start with your yearbook? You like the idea of one, but have no idea what to include? Thank goodness for Leavers’ Books, am I right?
Here we’ll discuss the basics to help shape and structure your yearbook; simple ideas that can be the foundations for something memorable and loved:
- Cover Pages
- Student Profiles
- Class Photos
- Staff Profiles
- Engine of the School
Allow Me to Introduce Myself
Aperture. Opening credits roll. What better way to start your yearbook than an introduction?
The message that is given with the introduction page is something that will stay with the class for many years to come and the words may even provide a level of comfort for the class. We have had many schools take a different approach to their introduction page including the use of a poem, prayer, quotes from inspiring people, or shared memories of teachers.
One idea that is proving popular is a letter from the headteacher of the school, or class teacher. Treat the letter as an editor would introduce a monthly magazine. Keep it sentimental, short, and sweet. Summarise the amazing final year and try to throw a good joke in there too, to set the tone for the rest of the yearbook.
It is an opportunity to share detailed memories of the class and to provide comforting words of wisdom as they approach joining secondary school.
The character count on our introduction page is 1,250 characters; this provides plenty of space to write a whole page dedication to the class. You will want to give the person writing this page plenty of warning to allow them enough time to get the wording right.
There Are Books of Which the Backs and Covers Are by Far the Best Parts
Some wise words by Charles Dickens there. Whilst the main premise of your cover will be based upon photos, as discussed in our Comprehensive Guide to Photos in Your Yearbook, there is still room for text – specifically on the back. For the text on your back cover you could include anything; you have 500 characters to play with!
Your message can include a goodbye or heartfelt words of wisdom, you could include your school’s motto or a thank you to the teachers who helped put the yearbook together for the class. Some schools have added a poem written by the class to their back cover. You could even write a little about your favourite memories with the year group.
Don’t forget, if you are an online creator user, you must complete your back cover text and save this before you can upload your images.
Start with the Heartbeat: the Children!
With those two out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff. Perfect for content is a profile set of all the pupils in the year. There are several routes you can go down when adding pages of the students; the two main ones are:
- Profile: A series of questions or statements answered like stats for a fact-file (eg. Favourite colour; Favourite teacher). It’s short and snappy and they will love to read the answers their classmates put.
- Text: To sum up, this is an open forum for the student to write what they want. You may have already set them with a question or guidelines on what to write about (be it ‘Describe your time at school’ or ‘What was your favourite memory’, or even ‘Tell us a little bit about yourself’).
The amount of children you place on a page has impact on how much text and information you can include. For example, if you have a small class of leavers’ you can have one pupil per page, which will allow a full page of text to be included per child. Or if you have quite a lot of pupils within your class, you can use our three pupils per page template which will allow a small paragraph of information per child.
All profiles include a photo of each child to accompany their profile (just make sure you have parent’s permission first). The smart option is to have the children go in alphabetical order, much like with the register, to ensure no one is missed out.
By having a play around in our online yearbook creator, you can see the differences (depending on style and design) and see which best suits your needs.
What can I get my children to write about?
When it comes to completing your pupil pages, it can be hard to know where to begin. We recommend setting a lesson aside where your pupils can complete their own profile details and include their own memories. This will give you time to go through what they want to include, help the children with what to write and check that everything is in order before adding it to their book.
It is advisable to proof read these pages, especially if the children are typing up their profiles themselves.
To help you put together the pupil profiles for your yearbook, you can use our helpful lesson plan based on profile writing.
Line ‘em Up! Class Photo A-Go
Here the picture does all the talking, and there isn’t much need for text in this one, which opens up to option to even have it spread over two pages in the middle of the book! You can read what we had to say about utilising class photos and getting the best out of your school portraits in our blog Comprehensive Guide to Photos in Your Yearbook.
Time for the Teachers to Shine
Excuse me, Miss? A great feature for content is creating staff pages - profiling the teachers that had an impact on the students during their stay at the school.
Most commonly, the fact-file style is better suited to staff pages. With the teacher’s profiles they may want to share their favourite memories of the children’s time at the school, or share encouraging words for the future.
Questions your pupils may want to ask their teachers include:
- What is your favourite memory of *insert class name*?
- What did you want to be when you were younger?
- If you were an animal what would you be and why?
- What is your favourite subject?
- When did you start teaching at *insert school name*?
- What is your favourite film?
- What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
- Who or what inspires you?
- Tell us a secret fact about yourself...
Teachers can include a variety of appropriate information to share with the pupils through their profile within the book. As long as they remember their words will be immortalised and make a possible return to them later in life...
With the staff pages you can once again ask your children to become involved by asking them to interview the teachers for their profiles. You can take a look at our free lesson plan for staff profiles for inspiration of how to blend the activity into your teaching.
Like a Heartbeat; the Engine of the School
Like with the class photo page, the Engine of the School is going photo based. It’s there for visual enjoyment and triggering memories. We’ve dubbed it ‘Engine of the School’ to help group together all the parts of the school that often get overlooked, but should be remembered. This can be anything from the reception, admin offices, dinner hall, to the staff behind the scenes: dinner ladies, care-taker, and anyone in between.
Check out our Comprehensive Guide to Photos in Your Yearbook for more information and ideas for your Engine of the School page.
Hopefully this blog has inspired you and got you thinking about your own yearbook. Time to get cracking on creating your own – so why not head on over to our online creator and get started right now!