Author visits

Debbie is passionate about children’s literature and is both motivated and excited to visit schools, preschools, or early learning centres to share and inspire youngsters to fall in love with stories and the illustrations that work hand in hand.

Her storytime sessions are engaging, informative and celebrate the life of stories on the written and illustrated page. Contact Debbie for more details on sessions and activities. Rates are aligned with ASA (Australian Society of Authors).

Wag Tale Therapy

 You’ve all heard of Retail Therapy, haven’t you? Well, Debbie has a different type of therapy…Wag Tale Therapy. What is Wag Tale Therapy you may ask?

Well, with the help of Debbie’s sweet and loveable furry four-legged friend, Oscar’s help, Wag Tale Therapy is a program designed to help grow smiles on young or elderly faces, help reluctant readers, and brighten the life of someone going through tough times, be it illness or loneliness. 

Do you have a loved one or someone who might like to meet the cuddly Oscar? He is arguably the most gentle-hearted cavoodle on the planet. His chocolate drop eyes are to die for. He is super friendly and is a great listener. He also loves reading stories. He is trained to sit and listen and he is awfully good at helping, both the young or the young at heart. It doesn’t take long before smiles begin to appear on people’s faces.

Private Tutoring

Every child is an individual and learns best in their own unique way, favouring learning styles that suit them. These may include one, or a combination, of psychologist Dr Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences,

Verbal-Linguistic – a student who thinks in words. He/she learns best through activities involving reading, writing and speaking.

Logical-Mathematical – a student who thinks rationally and in abstractions. He/she learns best through activities involving numbers and patterns.

Naturalist – a student with an awareness of the patterns in nature. He/she learns best through activities involving animals, plants and the environment.

Visual-Spatial – a student who thinks in images, colours and shapes. He/she learns best through activities involving visualisation.

Bodily-Kinaesthetic – a student with good physical awareness. He/she learns best through activities involving music or rhythms.

Interpersonal – a student who enjoys being in groups and teams. He/she learns best through activities involving working with others.

Intrapersonal – a student who understands and analyses his/her thoughts and feelings. He/she learns best through individual activities.

(Reference: Frames of mind: the theory of multiple intelligences, Dr Howard Gardner, 1983)

Schools are very busy places, with overloaded curriculums, and whilst teachers admirably do their utmost to cater for all students, it is unrealistic to expect all students will learn, all of the time, their favoured way of learning. Maybe the odd child will do very well, but the general rule of thumb is the majority of students will at some point need a little help along the way.

Debbie runs a small boutique home-based studio offering a variety of tutoring and mentorship services ranging from the very young, including pre-Prep to Year 10 in the following subject areas: Literacy, English, writing, creative writing, short stories and poetry competitions. Most sessions are hour-long although Debbie is flexible and is happy to discuss other options.

There are many positive benefits for providing private tutoring, and/or, mentoring sessions for your child/children. Some points to note include:

  • a tutor may boost your child’s performance in school,
  • encourage growth in confidence levels,
  • strive to motivate extra interest in a subject.
  • encourage and develop both study skills and the discipline required for study sessions that can then be applied to other subject areas.

Debbie successfully builds a fast rapport with children of all ages, genders and interests, and this is a big part of successful tutoring and mentorship.

Debbie provides a nurturing and encouraging space for children to explore through a range of activities to help build upon an individualised program for each child specific to their needs.

StoryBox Arts Children’s Workshops

Educational & fun!

What is StoryBox Arts?

StoryBox Arts provides an affordable and alternative after-school and school holiday program for students interested in art and creative writing. In many workshops, the focus is on quality children’s literature and the important role it plays in our culture to springboard into a multitude of art and creative writing activities.

Creative coach, Debbie, is passionate about books, creative writing, art, and especially children. It is her vision to ignite and foster a passion in youngsters to read and value books, explore the arts and/or write creatively.

Our Mission

We believe everyone is essentially creative and through artistic experiences we breathe life into our souls, capturing colour, lightness, and fun.

Creating art and stories is a stimulating way for children to engage in their culture, imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. At StoryBox Arts, we encourage creative self-expression, imagination, joyfulness, and a love of learning. We encourage the growth and development of individualistic creatives. To facilitate and accomplish our mission we provide a safe space, along with quality art-based programs aimed at nurturing the whole child. Through the arts, we promote self-discovery and high-esteem while providing extra-curricular opportunities throughout each term and during the school holidays.

Our Philosophy

Creativity is born in generosity and flourishes where there is a sense of safety and acceptance. For our children to thrive, we must cultivate this safe environment.

StoryBox Arts’s philosophy is founded on the conviction that through the arts children can attain a sense of self-empowerment that is essential to the learning process in all areas academic, social, spiritual, and beyond. Exploration of one’s own creative ideas in a variety of mediums encourages not only the natural curiosity and desire to learn but also independent thought and action. We believe that children flourish in situations rich with experience, choice, and personal responsibility. We recognise the value of a consistent and supportive community of mentors, peers, and parents.

Our Core Values

It is important to treat all participants as creative individuals so it is equally important to ensure that what we impart to children who join with us and participate in our programs, in addition to the creative arts, that we are in alignment when we present the creative process and how we share with the studio community. We strive to teach in a way that reflects how we live and interact with each other as a community of creatives and with the larger community. We presume that parents choose StoryBox Arts, in part, because they perceive that we have shared values. It is therefore our responsibility to uphold these values in each of our actions so that we may intentionally prepare the children to engage well in their environment and their future endeavours.

  1. INTEGRITYConsistency and Honesty – Honesty and ethical conduct are at the forefront of our minds when serving our community. We expect all students to be mindful and exercise good ethical conduct when participating in their enrolled workshops, as well as their movement throughout the studio and interaction with creative coaches, staff, and peers.
  2. ENRICHMENTWell organised and quality programs – In order for growth and development to take place in our workshop participants we opt to provide enriched programs to challenge thinking, problem-solving and ignite our students’ curiosity and creative inspiration. When enriched programs are delivered, success and potential for children’s self-esteem grow.
  3. ENGAGEMENT: Responsibility – We value students’ efforts and the satisfaction they gain from their hard-earned efforts. In a creative environment, we allow for a variety of being, learning, and doing. We ask that our children engage in the full range of studio activities. StoryBox Arts wish to convey to our students that they are responsible for their actions and that those actions directly affect their personal experience as well as their studio community. Students need to acknowledge the opportunities they have been provided by their parents, guardians, their community, and StoryBox Arts and we expect that they will give back by being responsible citizens.
  4. RESPECT: Empathy – We are more creative when we feel respected. StoryBox Arts instills a sense of mutual respect for others. We treat others how we’d like to be treated with warmth, politeness, kindness, and humour and we never ask students to do anything we wouldn’t do ourselves. Basic human respect and common courtesy are lessons we must be willing to teach, and good behaviour is something we must be conscious to model. Demonstrating mutual respect for artists and their works allows us, and our students, to acknowledge the creativity in others as well as ourselves.
  5. ACCEPTANCE: Creating a safe space – We believe it is imperative for students who attend our workshops to feel safe in a physical sense as well as accepted when participating in their classes. StoryBox Arts strives to provide a safe place for students to develop as creative individuals, a process that often takes courage. We nurture and encourage students to be risk-takers without fear of rejection by being consistent, kind, compassionate, and strong. StoryBox Arts maintains a no-tolerance policy toward bullying or hate. When acceptance is part of the norm, students can learn to be themselves, original and unique.