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Premier's Reading Challenge

Premier's Reading Challenge
The Premier's Reading Challenge is an annual state-wide initiative for state and non-state schools and home-educated students up to Year 9, and children attending an approved kindergarten program or long day care centre.
The Premier's Reading Challenge is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015. The challenge is not a competition but aims to improve literacy and encourage children to engage in reading for pleasure and learning.
The reading period for Prep to Year 9 students started on Tuesday 19 May 2015 and finished Friday 28 August 2015.
For a student to have successfully completed the Premier's Reading Challenge they must have read or experienced the number of books indicated in the table below. Experiencing a book can include classroom or at home activities such as shared reading, listening and reading along with a book, or being read to.
Year level
Number of books
Prep - Year 2
Read or experience 20 books
Years 3 - 4
20 books
Years 5 - 9
15 books
The requirement for Year 5 and Year 6 students to have read 15 books rather than 20 books acknowledges that older students are likely to select longer, more complex books that may take them longer to read.
The reading period has now finished.  Well done to students who completed the challenge! Certificates of Achievement will be mailed in time for the Premier's Reading Challenge Celebration Weeks to be held from 9 - 20 November 2015.
A Certificate of Participation will also be handed out to reward participants for their reading achievements, even if they did not complete the challenge.
How do I encourage my child to read?
Parents, guardians, teachers, aides, siblings, student buddies and classmates play an important role in encouraging students to develop a love of reading. Here are some ideas to help:
·       make time to read aloud to your child every day, even for a few minutes
·       show the importance of reading in your daily life and let your child see you read - not only books but recipes, newspapers and text messages for example
·       browse a bookstore together
·       ensure reading time is fun and exciting
·       visit the local library and let your child choose some books to borrow
·       for younger children, let them hold the book and turn the pages.
Thanks for your support J
Mrs Yates
Teacher Librarian