It’s cool to read, kids
Children at Wesley Primary now have a new role model to look up to.
Trade Minister Phil Goff visited the school last month to congratulate children who have excelled in reading.
The school is taking part in the Duffy Books in Homes programme, which aims to give books to children from low socioeconomic areas.
As part of the programme, schools invite role models to visit children and deliver the message “It’s cool to read.”
Mr Goff was Wesley’s role model and during his visit he enjoyed cultural performances and learnt more about the school’s literacy programmes.
Principal Rae Parkin says Mr Goff was invited to teach the children about the importance and joy of reading.
The school has been working over the last two years to improve literacy. An English as a Second Language teacher runs programmes four days a week and children also work regularly with a reading recovery teacher or reading buddy.
Last year a home-school partnership was initiated and parents attend regular classes at the school.
“The programme gives parents an opportunity to learn and practise skills and strategies to use with their children at home,” says Ms Parkin.
During Mr Goff’s visit, children who have achieved well in reading were presented with books in an assembly.
Great readers: Phil Goff and Wesley Primary School principal Rae Parkin with children who have achieved well in reading. The trade minister visited the school last month to present books to children as part of the Duffy Books in Homes programme.