On Wednesday 12 August, 30 Tara girls from Year 5 and Year 6 worked in the Tara Junior School Library from 8am to 8pm to ideate, write, edit and illustrate a book for the Write a Book in a Day Challenge. The commitment, creativity and collaboration shown by the girls were extraordinary. In teams of six, students were given set parameters to include in their stories. They spent time crafting different settings, inventing characters and plotting the events, with consideration to using flashbacks, twists and foreshadowing to enhance their work. It was important to decide on the style, tone and point of view for telling their story. Teams worked flexibly and respectfully, considering different perspectives as they decided how each chapter would connect.
Congratulations to each girl who participated in the competition and thank you to Mrs Brogan for her enthusiastic support. The ‘Write a Book in a Day’ process can be challenging at times, but it was pleasing to see how active listening and a willingness to compromise when needed, led to a successful and productive experience for all students. The five teams sought sponsorship from families and friends to raise money for the Kid’s Cancer Project with excellent results. A copy of each book will be put into a hospital for sick kids to enjoy.