Carry on read­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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

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