Reading up on success
WITH the motto 'Kids who read succeed', students from Emerald North State School channelled their inner bookworm to take on the Premier's Reading Challenge.
Initiated by teacher and librarian Marg Minns, the challenge required students from Prep to Year 4 to read 20 books, and students from Year 5 to Year 7 to read 15 books over about four months.
On completion of the challenge 70% of the school achieved its reading target, and the strong participation was indicative of the developing reading culture.
ENSS head of curriculum Alister Warren said the kids enjoyed taking part in the challenge and reading was a big focus in the school.
"The majority of the students participated in it and we are really working on reading culture in the school," Mr Warren said.
"The Premier's Reading Challenge has been one way for us to build on that."
Mr Warren said the children worked hard to reach their goal over the four months.
"It gives the kids a really nice reward at the end too," he added.
"They really didn't have to do too much more reading as they have to read quite a bit in the classroom anyway."
Earlier this month a special whole-school parade was held to celebrate the students' success, with Gregory MP Vaughan Johnson handing out certificates of achievement.
"The best way to improve reading is heaps of practice," Mr Warren said.
"That is a big part of our focus at the school."