MORE than 130 students and staff from Perth metropolitan schools took part in the Write-a-book-in-a-day (WABIAD) event held at Hampton Senior High School on November 10.
The event started in 2002 with 18 teams, which has increased to 750 teams across Australia in 2017.
All books made were donated to children’s hospitals in Australia as part of the Kids Cancer Project.
Winning teams on the day included Oberthur Primary School, Perth Modern in the middle school division and Belridge Secondary College in the upper school division.
Other awarded schools were St. Jerome’s Primary School, Beldon Primary School, Narrogin Primary School, Melville Senior High School, Kingsway Christian College, Cape Naturaliste College and Shenton College.
Hampton SHS entered seven teams, with the Team Toos winning the best illustrations award in the middle school division.
Year 12 student Cezera Critti-Schnaars, who was part of a WABIAD winning team in Year 8, addressed the audience with a keynote speech and an Acknowledgment of Country.
“Through the event, I got to meet and work with those in other years and build friendships with people that I never would’ve met if it weren’t for book-in-a-day,” she said.
“We are like a little family.”
Former Hampton SHS students have committed to compete in the open division in 2018.