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Yearbook Contents: Part 2

27 Nov

Part 2: Figuring out where to put the content in your yearbook:

Content can be grouped into relevant sections to make it easy to read as a cohesive book. You can deal with each section as a chapter in the yearbook to make it easier to organise.

REMEMBER: Each page in the yearbook is a part of a two-page spread. When deciding where to put your content, remember what will be placed beside it and think about how it will look together.

It can be very helpful when planning and visualising the positioning of your content if you draw a quick ‘flatplan’ of your book. An example of a yearbook flatplan is below.

yearbook deisn flatplan

yearbook flatplan sample

 

When completing your flatplan, remember that the first page is always a single right-hand page and the last page is always a single left-hand page, just like any book.

Points to consider:

  • You can sort your content in different ways- e.g. student pages can be sorted alphabetically, by class/year-group, or into boys’ and girls’ sections.
  • Different sections can be colour-coded so that the reader can easily find where relevant information is or to show which class a student belongs to.
  • The total number of pages in your book should be divisible by four, so that the printer can print it and fold it into double page spreads, otherwise, you will end up with blank pages either at the beginning or the end, and these may still be charged by your printer.
  • When gathering content, try to include everyone, not just your own friends or team-mates. Think of the many different groups and societies in the school, from sports teams to the debating society and ask them for an input.
  • Remember that you can ask everyone for content, but only put in the stuff you think is good or relevant. Just because you have received it does not mean it has to go in. Tell people this and they will be more likely to give you content of higher quality.
  • Don’t forget to proof read content that you have been given. Even teachers can make errors. If a piece is too long or short, you have the authority to edit it down, but be sure to tell them it may be edited.
  • Include a section for autographs. That way, students can sign each other’s yearbooks as an extra reminder of their school friends.
  • When gathering content- text and imagery, consider what section it will be going in to, e.g. if you are including text on a sporting page, ask a student who knows about a particular sport to give their input, and see if they have photos they took themselves at events.
  • Include the teachers. Ask teachers if they would like to contribute to the yearbook. Having a teacher’s section will give them an opportunity to say what they think, and will give a god impression on your yearbook
  • If funding is an issue, why not include a sponsorship section. This is where you can ask local businesses to fund some of the yearbook, and in return you will advertise their business on your yearbook. If you decide to do this, try to think of businesses that may have customers who will be likely to view the book, for example a stationery store or a youth club.
  • You can come up with an overall theme for your yearbook and the content you will use could connect with this theme, for example a theme such as ‘I am…’ could ask all students to finish this sentence. This could be placed with their input and photographs and reiterated on the cover.
  • Your yearbook, while divided into sections could have some running themes placed throughout the book, for example each section could have a timeline running throughout the bottom of the page dealing with one month of the year, or random baby photos could run at the top of each spread and readers don’t find out who each one is until the end.

 

IDEA: Include the colour-coding on the contents page so that the reader will know what it means for each section.

Yearbook Contents: How to figure out what to include in your school yearbook and where to put it.

19 Nov

Yearbook Contents: How to figure out what to include in your school yearbook and where to put it

Part 1: Figuring out what content to include in your yearbook:

There are 2 aspects to the content in your yearbook. These are formal and informal. The best school yearbooks have a balance between the two.

Formal Content could include:

Letters:

  • Letter from the principal
  • Letter from the vice-principal
  • Letter from the head-teacher for the year-group
  • Letter from the student council or student yearbook team

School Official Material:

  • The school’s official crest / emblem
  • The school’s official motto
  • The school’s contact details, address etc.

Photographs:

  • Formal year-group/class-group photos taken by a photographer
  • Formal individual student photographs taken by a photographer
  • Formal photographs of the school or individual classrooms
  • Passport photographs brought in by students- these can be current or past-tense or both
  • Formal team/group photographs at sporting events/ activities
  • Newspaper coverage of school events

IDEA: Some schools like to include a formal photograph taken in first year, alongside a current formal photograph to show the transformation of the student since the beginning of their time in the school

Lists:

  • A list of all of the students in the school / year
  • A list of teachers and staff members

Remembrances:

  • There may be staff members or students that have passed away, and you may want to include a remembrance to them

Informal Content could include:

Student Input:

  • Students can personalise their personal yearbook pages with informal content about themselves- this can be images, drawings, doodles, written work, etc. to describe themselves and how they wish to be remembered

Artwork:

  • You may want to include examples of great artwork, poetry, essays, photography, etc. from a selection of students

IDEA: Some schools run a competition and the winner includes their work in the yearbook

Photographs:

  • Informal photographs of students that they have taken themselves
  • Informal photographs of the students in school
  • Informal year-group/class-group photos
  • Photographs of school trips/ fashion shows/ bands/ sporting activities

IDEA: Ask the photographer who takes the formal photograph to also take a shot where the students are allowed to act informally- loosen their ties, clap their hands, blow kisses, etc.

Written Content:

  • Written content by students about class trips, sports, general impressions of school-life, etc.

Timelines:

  • A lot can happen in a year. The yearbook could provide an opportunity to give a run down of the year’s events or could also provide an opportunity to promote upcoming school events. These could be formal or informal- formal events could be a national presidential election, while an informal event could be a class trip taken during the year.

Popular Culture:

  • To remember what your life was like in school on a particular year, it may be helpful if the yearbook included a section with popular culture of the year for example what songs were top of the charts, what were the most popular names, who won the world cup, etc. Who could forget that in 2009 Michael Jackson died, a 2009 yearbook could include a tribute to the King of Pop.

Surveys/ Polls:

  • To get an insight into students’ opinions of the year, you could conduct a survey or a poll and publish the results in the yearbook either in a section or dotted throughout the book. These could be funny or serious, for example: ‘we asked how many students have farted in class, 22% said no, but a whopping 78% said yes!

sample contents page

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