Premier’s Reading Challenge encourages primary school students to develop bond with literature
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.
Rooty Hill Public School pupils Maxine Ortiz, Demi Charmand, Abhishek Parimi and Juan Tabernilla. BEST LEARNING READ BOOKS