Send in the clowns

Cir­cus theme bright­ens up Lit­er­acy and Nu­mer­acy Week:

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­

STUD­IES by the 2015 Aus­tralian Early De­vel­op­ment Cen­sus showed Queens­land’s chil­dren aged 0-5 years are the sec­ond most vul­ner­a­ble in lan­guage ac­qui­si­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion in Aus­tralia.

Stud­ies show chil­dren who are fre­quently read to (4-5 times a week) are seven times more likely to com­plete their ed­u­ca­tion than chil­dren who are not read to.

Childers Read to Me Day or­gan­iser Ju­dith Robertshaw said if we are to help our chil­dren be­come strong life-long learn­ers, we must in­vest time to read to them.

“What bet­ter way of get­ting the mes­sage out than to in­volve the whole com­mu­nity,” she said.

The cir­cus was the theme of this year’s Read to Me Day and themed books were read to young chil­dren.

Stu­dents from sur­round­ing pri­mary schools and early child­care cen­tres took part.

Mrs Robertshaw said read­ing sta­tions with vol­un­teer read­ers were set up at par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­nesses.

“Adults and chil­dren alike were en­cour­aged to come dressed in theme, the day kicked off in Mil­len­nium Park with over 300 stu­dents fill­ing the park with ex­cited en­ergy,” he said.

Groups of about 15 young­sters with ac­com­pa­ny­ing adults and high school stu­dents made their way around the read­ing sta­tions whilst be­ing en­ter­tained, as they tran­si­tioned, by street per­form­ers and par­tic­i­pat­ing in craft ac­tiv­i­ties.

Af­ter about two hours of read­ing and craft ses­sions around the town, groups re­con­vened for a fi­nal per­for­mance by cir­cus pro­fes­sional Ty­rone O’Reilly and high school stu­dents.

This per­for­mance was fol­lowed by a sausage siz­zle by Ro­tary.

The idea for the Read to Me pro­gram came from John Hughes, owner and ed­i­tor of The Tully Times (till May 2016), and it has be­come a much an­tic­i­pated com­mu­nity event in Tully each year.

This ini­tia­tive is part of the Isis Dis­trict State High School’s Ed­u­ca­tion Change-mak­ers Project.

Par­ents want what is best for their child and for them to ex­pe­ri­ence the joy of read­ing for plea­sure.

The pro­gram was proudly sup­ported by the Isis Dis­trict State High, Bund­aberg Re­gional Li­brary Ser­vice, Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre, First 5 For­ever, Queens­land Po­lice and the Childers Cham­ber of Com­merce

Read­ing trans­ports you into the fas­ci­nat­ing world of fic­tion, and en­cour­ages the reader to dream and imag­ine.

Or­gan­is­ers plan to make the event an an­nual ac­tiv­ity for the younger stu­dents of our com­mu­nity.

Or­gan­is­ers thank the com­mu­nity and busi­ness own­ers for their sup­port and en­cour­age­ment on the day.


CLOWN­ING AROUND: Stu­dents from Isis High School.


READ TO ME: Ju­dith Robertshaw, Con­sta­ble Micheal Sch­midt and Cr Bill Trevor.

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