Emerg­ing book­worms

Premier’s Read­ing Chal­lenge en­cour­ages pri­mary school stu­dents to de­velop bond with lit­er­a­ture

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ali­son Bald­ing

BOOKS are fly­ing off the shelves at Rooty Hill Pub­lic School as stu­dents take on this year’s Premier’s Read­ing Chal­lenge.

The chal­lenge is avail­able to NSW stu­dents in Kinder­garten to Year 9 and aims to en­cour­age a love of read­ing and ex­pose stu­dents to a wide range of lit­er­a­ture.

Year 4 stu­dent Max­ine Or­tiz said she had read 28 books since the chal­lenge be­gan this month. “I like the PRC (Premier’s Read­ing Chal­lenge) and I re­ally like to chal­lenge my­self and I love read­ing,” Max­ine said.

The nine-year-old said while she would like to be a nurse when she grew up, she would also like to write a book one day.

Year 6 stu­dent Ab­hishek Parimi, 11, said the chal­lenge had helped him im­prove his read­ing skills. “I used to have a lot of trou­ble with read­ing but now I en­joy it,” he said.

With as­pi­ra­tions to join the army or be­come a scientist or doc­tor, he also en­joys read­ing ad­ven­ture books and would like to write a hor­ror story or thriller one day.

Year 5 stu­dent Demi Char­mand, 10, would like to be a lawyer or para­medic when she fin­ishes school, and en­joys read­ing po­etry. Af­ter read­ing Di­ary Of A Wimpy Kid and watch­ing the movies her ver­dict was, “the book is bet­ter”.

Year 4 stu­dent Juan Tabernilla said he was hooked on the Geron­imo Stil­ton ad­ven­ture se­ries. “My favourites so far are The Wild Wild West and The Phan­tom Of The Sub­way,” Juan said. To take the chal­lenge, stu­dents need to read up to 30 books be­fore Au­gust 19 and record their progress on­line.

As well as read­ing from the ap­proved list, they can choose up to five per­sonal choice books.

More than 45 mil­lion books have been read as part of the chal­lenge since it be­gan 15 years ago, with a record 272,000 stu­dents tak­ing part last year.

It is sup­ported by NewsLo­cal, Dy­mocks Chil­dren’s Char­i­ties, Mi­crosoft, Ac­cen­ture and Avanade.

Regis­ter at www.pre­mier­sread­ingchal­lenge.nsw.edu. au.

Raise funds for Dy­mock’s Chil­drens Char­i­ties Book Bonus at book­bonus.org.au.

De­tails: visit newslo­cal. com.au/prc.

Pic­ture: Matthew Sullivan

Rooty Hill Pub­lic School pupils Max­ine Or­tiz, Demi Char­mand, Ab­hishek Parimi and Juan Tabernilla. BEST LEARN­ING READ BOOKS


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