Students beat 12-hour challenge for sick children
Australind Senior High School Year 8 students Hannah Whittaker, 14, Tom Black, Moira Ladouce, Matthew Germs, Heidi Bilston and Kianna Fisher, all 13, with their completed books for Princess Margaret Hospital.

The pressure was on for a class of Year 8 students who took up the challenge to write a book in 12 hours for children at Princess Margaret Hospital.

The Write a Bookin a Day competition was a team event in which each group was given a set of parameters,including the topic, setting and characterlist, on the morning of the event.

Students were encouraged to write the sort of story they would like to read.

Each team had to write a minimum of 4000 words, illustrate, edit, compile, bind and email their books within the 12-hour time frame.

Australind Senior High School English teacher Michelle Kimpton said she wasn’t allowed to help students, except to keep time.

‘‘We did a practice run the week before as this is the first time the school has participated in the event,’’ she said.

Despite there being a few tears from the girls and some sulking from the boys, the school will participatein the competition annually.

‘‘It was interesting, challenging and fun but also stressful and I felt emotional at the end,’’ student Heidi Bilston said.

Matthew Germs said it was fun working in groups and getting to know each others’ skills.

‘‘There were lots of fights about what to do butit taught us about compromise,’’ he said.

All the students agreed the best part of the day was finishing and seeing the completed book.

The three teams had to fund raise $250 in order to participate in the competition, with books now availablein the PMH library.

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