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NAC wins Annual Writing Award

On Wednesday the 29th August, 70 students from Nowra Anglican College wrote a book in one day for children’s cancer research. It was all part of the annual national “Write a Book in a Day” competition which is run by The Kids’ Cancer Project.

The school entered 7 teams in the competition. Pupils were be given a brief and then within 12 hours wrote, illustrated, bound and submitted a storybook of up to 5000 words. Each book was then donated to children undergoing treatment in hospitals around Australia.

The Kids’ Cancer Project is an independent national charity supporting childhood cancer research. Since 1993, thanks to strong community support the charity has contributed tens of millions of dollars to scientific studies to help children with many types of cancer.

“This is an event that inspired collaboration and community spirit while students had fun writing and illustrating a book,” said Mrs Lorrae Sampson, Executive Principal, Nowra Anglican College. “And it all happened in a 12-hour period.”

“Not only did our pupils develop leadership skills, engage in teamwork and creative problem solving, they covered key English curriculum requirements to set them up for life,” said Ms. Catherine Richardson, Head of English, Nowra Anglican College.

“The real value-add to this competition was that participants were giving to a cause that is relevant to them. Fact is, cancer kills more children in this country than any other disease,” said Mrs Therese Connor, Director of Teaching and Learning, Nowra Anglican College.

In order to qualify for judging and have the chance to receive one of the coveted awards, the school raised a minimum $240 per team.

Col Reynolds OAM, founder of The Kids’ Cancer Project is delighted with the initiative.

“This is a wonderful program because it stimulates young minds while giving them the opportunity to help other young people,” Mr Reynolds said.

“Research is the only way to improve treatments and survival for children with cancer,” he went on to say. “Government funding only stretches so far, so it’s important the community steps up to support kids with this indiscriminate disease.”

We are delighted to announce that our Year 10 Team WON the Upper (Years 10 - 12) category for NSW/ACT. Congratulations to all our students for supporting this worthwhile cause. 

While we are very proud to win, the College was honoured to join 1030 teams from 348 schools for Write a Book in a Day, raising $245,155 for The Kids Cancer Project.

You can support the school and kids’ cancer research by donating directly to The Kids’ Cancer Project. All of our teams have been registered and are eagerly awaiting your donations.

For more information about Write a Book in a Day competition at Nowra Anglican College please contact: Shelley Middleton,