Year four schoolchildren in Jersey have been receiving the latest edition of Jersey Post’s Collectables album. This is the fifth year that Jersey Post has produced the free stamp album and activity book which is designed to introduce schoolchildren to the traditional hobby of stamp collecting. Over one thousand copies have been gifted to children aged 8 – 9 over the last few weeks, together with free packets of mixed Jersey stamps.
The 36-page album explores Jersey Post stamp issues across one year, with themes including dragons, Hornby trains, the Hubble Telescope and Victory & Liberation. There are spaces for children to stick their stamps, as well as fun facts, colourful illustrations and puzzles. A starter packet of fifty stamps is given to each child and the children are encouraged to swap and share with each other to complete their albums. Additional packets of stamps are available to purchase from the Jersey post offices at Broad Street, St Helier and Rue Des Pres, St Saviour priced 50p.
“It’s fantastic to see children so enthused about stamps,” comments Rachel MacKenzie, Philatelic Marketing Manager at Jersey Post. “Not only is stamp collecting a fun hobby, it’s also a great way of learning about the Island in which we live and The Collectables album is packed with information about local history, wildlife and culture, all presented in fun and accessible way. The initiative seems to be more popular than ever this year. We’ve already had several new members join our Collectables stamp club and the extra packets of stamps are selling so quickly we’re struggling to make them up fast enough!”
The new albums have been well received by the children at Samarès Primary School in Jersey as year four teacher, Miss Guillaume explains: "My Year 4 class were very engaged with The Collectables album. The children enjoyed reading about the different topics, particularly dragons and the Island Games. The album uses questions and activities to test the children's understanding of what they have read. It also provides opportunities for the children to involve other family members to complete activities such as scavenger hunts. There is something for everyone in this beautifully illustrated album."
The children’s responses have been equally encouraging:
“I really like the album and want to keep collecting stamps! My
favourite stamp is the Chinese dragon!”
“I love stamp collecting and can’t wait for next year’s album. My
favourite stamps are the flowers, more stamps please!”
“It looks really cool! I’ve never done it [stamp collecting] before but it’s really fun, like sticking stickers in. I like the space page best because I used to read a book about space with my mum and I know lots about it.”
“I think it’s cool because I like collecting things. I collect different kinds of rocks too. I like stamp collecting; it’s nice to have a book of stamps because it has memories. For example, you can remember a card you posted to a best friend. I like the dragon stamps best, the way the dragons look and their poses.”
Copies of The Collectables album and packets of stamps are being delivered to year four classes across Jersey. Any schools wishing to receive additional copies should contact Rachel MacKenzie, Philatelic Marketing Manager at Jersey Post on (01534) 616724 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org Additional packets of stamps are available from the Jersey post offices at Broad Street, St Helier and Rue Des Pres, St Saviour priced 50p.