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 Qld Premier Reading Challenge

St Kieran’s students discover the joy of reading

Local State Member Stirling Hinchliffe has congratulated students from St Kieran’s Primary School for successfully completing the annual Premier’s Reading Challenge.
The Premier's Reading Challenge is not a competition but a way to encourage students to develop a love of reading for life.
Through the challenge children and students are given an opportunity to develop their appreciation of the English language and are encouraged to explore and enjoy a wide range of literary texts.
St Kieran’s Teacher Librarian Mrs Leesa Keaton said students, teachers and parents have all put a lot of effort into reaching their targets for the Premier’s Reading Challenge.
Students were required to reach different targets, depending on their age.
“Our youngest readers in Prep to Year 2 were encouraged to develop an early love of books by reading or experiencing 20 books,” she said.

“Children in Years 3 and 4 were asked to read 20 books by themselves, which challenged them to become more independent readers.

“Taking into account that older students would choose longer, more complex books to read, students in Years 5 and 6 aimed to read more than 15 books during the Challenge.”

Mrs Keaton said students who completed the Challenge received a certificate signed by the Premier.

“A certificate from the Premier is a great incentive for students to complete the challenge, but the real reward is improved literacy and a greater love of reading,” she said.

“Literacy is one of the most important skills a young child can develop, and by taking this Challenge, our students are getting the best start they can by learning to read and write well.”

To meet the challenge St Kieran’s students recorded all the books they read between 6 March and 25 August.