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Second Year In A Row! WABIAD Place-Getters from Hampton

For the second year in a row teams from Hampton SHS featured prominently amongst the place-getters in the state-wide Western Australian Book-in-a-day competition!

Following our surprise win as the Best Middle School Book in WA in 2013, one of two teams we entered, our hopes were high in 2014. And not without some justification, as all of last years winners were back to challenge for the titles.

In 2014 we entered 4 teams comprised of 31 students: 7 students entered the Upper School section, and 3 teams entered the Middle School section. Of these teams the Year 11s in the Upper School division came second across the state with a Highly Commended book titled “Stuck in a Jam”, one of the Middle School teams, “Wishing on Artemis” came third receiving a Commendation, and another team, “Key to the Key” received a special award for Best Illustrations. This is an absolutely amazing effort, and one that the school is rightly very proud of.

This achievement placed Hampton SHS alongside such schools as Perth Modern, Perth College and PLC, highlighting the quality and talent of our students.

The award requires a group of no more than ten students to plan, draft, write, illustrate and publish a 4000 word (Middle School) or 8000 word (Upper School) book in a 12 hour period. This is challenging, but superbly rewarding. My nomination for Best Team Performance incredibly had to go to the only non-nominated team, whose organisation, drive and team spirit was just awesome: this is a skill in itself.

The students had been training during lunch breaks and after school to ensure things operated smoothly on the day. To see the illustrators in action, printing off 40-plus linocuts in just over an hour was mind-blowing, and typified the work ethos required to compete successfully against such high achieving schools as those mentioned above.

As a measure of how successful Hampton SHS has been these last two years is the fact that in WA alone 110 books were entered! And our success has been recognised both by the competition’s organisers, the judges and other competing schools, who lavished praise upon the quality of the writing and illustrating coming out of Hampton SHS.

A huge thank you should go to Mr Bishop for his efforts in helping the illustrators learn how to produce quality linocut prints.

And a huge congratulations should be extended to the following students for their amazing efforts: Annette Barlow, Katie Nelson, Mariam Wali Ali, Jessica Peyman, Klimie Cruz, Sean Devitt, Francis Plando, Nataree Kaewpong, Hannah Francisco, Hannah David, Sofia Bacusmo, Michelle Feune-Hetenyi, Lucy Donaldson, Cezera Critti-Schnaars, Suzanne Stevely, Nita Sok, Eric Lu, Hayden Suero, Elise Francis, Emma Hayes, Jackson Britza, Claudia Emanuele, Beatrice Panganiban, Samuel Bourke, Joanne White, Teagan Nayler, Amerin Fontana, Shona Murphy, Jin Chen

And, keep your eyes and ears open for an exhibition of prints and paintings from this years award winning illustrators. The event will be a fundraiser for the 2015 entrants to participate in WABIAD. All proceeds go to Princess Margaret Hospital.