LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Georgina Utz, Georgia Elborne, Elise Vanderrreyden, Julia Gorst and Courtney Gudgeon.
LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Georgina Utz, Georgia Elborne, Elise Vanderrreyden, Julia Gorst and Courtney Gudgeon. Contributed

Students excel in book challenge

AS PART of celebrations for Book Week 2014, four teams of West Moreton Anglican College (WestMAC) students undertook the enormous challenge of writing, illustrating and publishing a book in just one day.

Described by organisers as "the ultimate writing challenge", each team had 12 hours to produce their book, based on parameters provided to them at 8am.

Year 11 students Julia Gorst, Courtney Gudgeon, Georgia Elborne, Georgina Utz and Elise Vanderreyden received a Highly Commended from the judges for Best Book across Queensland, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory and Tasmania.

The Write a Book in a Day challenge raises funds for children's hospitals across Australia.

The four WestMAC teams contributed towards the $8959.15 that the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane received from this year's competition.

WestMAC knowledge and learning resources manager Anita Aurisch was proud of the students' efforts.

"These students thrived on being locked in their college library for twelve hours," she said.

"All four WestMAC teams worked well together and produced quality writing and illustrations. Special congratulations to the Year 11 team for their success."

Year 11 student Julia Gorst participated in last year's and this year's competition and enjoyed the experience.

"It's a challenge, but it's really fun and definitely worth it," she said.

Judging was based on criteria such as appropriateness for the target age group, creativity in incorporating assigned parameters, engagement of the reader, planning and execution, appropriateness of the illustrations and general appearance of the book.

Following the success of this year's challenge, WestMAC students are looking forward to participating in the 2015 Write a Book in a Day competition.



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