Carry on reading
Corinna School students have no excuses to let reading skills drop this summer.
A celebration was held in the school library last week, urging parents and students to take part in reading groups, in English and Pacific languages, tell stories and enjoy activities such as origami.
Next week, students will choose books to take home for the summer holidays. They will receive the books in a special bag on the last day of term.
Deputy principal Trish Nash said summer was a time when reading skills could slip, so staff developed the Make a Splash, Read programme.
She hopes other schools run similar initiatives.
‘‘ We always want to encourage reading, of course, because these skills are something which make a huge impact on your life,’’ she said.
Ms Nash said their tests showed some students dropped a reading level after the summer holidays because they had not kept up their literacy.
She said there are proven links between reading and talking skills too.
‘‘This is the third year we’ve run the pro- gramme. We did a questionnaire and found that often kids read to themselves so we want parents more involved, talking to their children about