East Butler PS students win award for book written for children in hospital

East Butler Primary School teacher Bethaney Whitehead and principal Wendy Gallagher with students Maddison, Abbey, Althea, Mia, Daphne, Keeno and Izzy.
East Butler Primary School teacher Bethaney Whitehead and principal Wendy Gallagher with students Maddison, Abbey, Althea, Mia, Daphne, Keeno and Izzy.

A TEAM of East Butler Primary School students have won the best book award in the WA primary school division at the Write a Book in a Day Competition.

The team of seven Year 5 and 6 students were among 8500 students nationally who took part in the competition earlier this year, which raised more than $475,000 for The Kids’ Cancer Project.

They planned, wrote and illustrated a book, called Flipped, about an unlikely friendship between sassy hip-hop dancer Becky and introverted game-developer Archie.

The pair’s lives were ‘flipped’ as they fought to survive the monstrous ‘Ghost-cyclone’ and save their town.

The students, aged 10 to 12, worked solidly from 8am to 8pm to complete the story for children who were suffering in hospital and raised $1000 in sponsorship.

Principal Wendy Gallagher said the high-achieving students belonged to a multi-aged academic class (MAC) class led by teacher Bethaney Whitehead,

“Teaching a class of this type is very challenging and involves being completely planned and ahead of the students as they progress very quickly,” she said.

“Miss Whitehead has done a brilliant job with the class.

“We are extremely proud of our wonderful students who have produced a delightful book and deserve all the credit they have received.”