From Applied Philosophy Teacher, Dominic Hearne and Head of Information Services, Bill Roberts
For a whole day The Grange was buzzing with creative energy as Waverley College joined over 235 schools participating in the Write a Book in a Day national competition on Thursday 27 July 2017.
Students were set the challenge to work with a team of 5 to 10 classmates to write and illustrate an entire book in a day. The word target was 5000 words for the senior students and 2500 for the junior students. Waverley had 7 teams entered from Years 5 and 6, Years 9 and 10 Applied Philosophy and Year 11 Extension English.
The challenge required boys to not only write but to collaborate as writing teams. It also involved the development and enhancement of thinking skills as students had to incorporate into an engaging narrative five set parameters, which were issued on the morning of the event. The parameters were:
- two set characters
- one non-human character
- a setting and
- a key issue.
The story had to be Australian in setting and also include five assigned random words.
The students also had to provide original artwork as part of their book. All entries were written for a real audience of hospitalised young children aged 10 to 16.
The event was run by The Kids’ Cancer Project, as a fundraiser for young people with cancer. The boys enjoyed the challenge, it proved a valuable learning experience and just as importantly, it was a day full of fun.
Congratulations to the following participants:
James Dyson – Merwe
Orlando Smithers – Haines
Charles Hely – Hammond