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Budding authors win national awards


Writing a book in one day might seem a tall order but a team from St Dominic’s Priory College has shown its literary prowess by doing just that – and taking out a national award in the process.

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The students’ book, A Leap of Faith, was deemed the best book in the middle school category of the 2017 Write a Book in a Day competition. The Kid’s Cancer project attracted 752 teams from 250 schools around Australia, raising $196,000 for cancer research.

The St Dominic’s team comprised 10 Year 8 students who said that while it was a challenging exercise, they enjoyed “working together towards a common goal” and for a “good cause”.

In a letter to their readers, the girls wrote: “We know that sometimes life can suck but all we can do is look to the bright side of things and make your life the best that it can be and by doing this, you get the courage to face the challenges that life throws at you”.

Under the competition rules, the girls had 12 hours to write and illustrate a book intended for readers aged 10-15 years who were patients in a children’s hospital.

The girls wrote about three characters – a garbage collector, an acrobat and an ostrich – with each having a ‘backstory’ and a ‘dilemma’ to deal with, but also helping each other by providing ‘happiness and love to one another’.

St Dominic’s Priory also received another literary accolade last year, with Year 10 student Julia Pickersgill being selected by the Australian Children’s Literary Board as the Young Australian Writer of the Year for her poem, The Legacy of the Watchman.


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