It’s cool to read, kids

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Sloan

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.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

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.

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