MANDURAH Catholic College gifted and talented program students took part in the Kids Cancer Project’s Write a Book in a Day Competition.
Students from the Quest program arrived at school early in their comfortable writing clothes to work in teams of seven.
The competition raises money for Princess Margaret Hospital.
Each team received the instructions for their book at 8am, and had to include elements and characters involving a mammoth, a vet, a dog walker, a music festival and the issue of helping a stranger, all with an Australian identity.
They were required to illustrate, publish, print and bind their books by 3pm.
Year 6 Quest humanities student Daniel McShane participated in the competition for the second time this year.
“It’s not just about learning English skills, it’s also about team building,” she said.
Director of learning enhancement Yvette Clifton said it was important students with higher academic abilities had opportunities to use their talents to contribute to the wider community and to learn to work well in teams.
“The students have lots of other opportunities to enter competitions so we try to make today non-competitive and team-focused,” she said.