Burgh’s book­worms shine

School’s su­per suc­cess in sum­mer read­ing chal­lenge

Rutherglen Reformer - - Chef’s Corner - Jonathan Ged­des

Burgh Pri­mary pupils were fully booked re­cently.

They came up trumps in the Tesco Bank Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge.

Fifty-eight per cent of pupils at the school took part, which was the high­est num­ber of pupils by any school in South La­nark­shire, while six-year-old Emilia Fig­urska was the in­di­vid­ual win­ner.

Over 80 Burgh pupils then joined other schools for a spe­cial event at Low Parks Mu­seum as part of the read­ing chal­lenge.

The Tesco Bank Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge Scot­land in­volves chil­dren read­ing six books dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days, a time when chil­dren’s lit­er­acy skills tra­di­tion­ally dip.

With a grant avail­able to li­braries tak­ing part in the ini­tia­tive, the team at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil put the fund­ing to­wards an ap­pear­ance and ses­sion by au­thor Jonathan Meres which was de­signed to in­spire chil­dren and show them how much fun read­ing can be.

The theme this year was Record Break­ers, ask­ing read­ers to ex­plore real-life achieve­ments and world records fea­tured in the Guin­ness World Records books.

Burgh head teacher Heather McAu­ley said: “I’m de­lighted. Last year we made a big push in the school on read­ing for en­joy­ment with the pupils, and tried to en­cour­age them to read more out­side of school.

“We’ve been worki n g quite closely with Deb­bie at Ruther­glen Li­brary, which is ob­vi­ously very handy for us, to help with this.

“So it was a bit of a dou­ble whammy for us to get the award but also for the en­thu­si­asm the chil­dren are now show­ing.

“We’ve been work­ing at get­ting the new starts in­volved too, and get­ting the P1s to get their li­brary cards.

“We’re con­tin­u­ing to en­cour­age read­ing for en­joy­ment in var­i­ous ways.

“We’ve even been get­ting Frank Lam­pard’s book in, which should en­cour­age more boys to read.

“Just hav­ing the tro­phy has also had more of the chil­dren say­ing they’ll get in­volved next year.”

Heather also praised the ef­forts of in­di­vid­ual win­ner Emilia.

She said: “It was ter­rific to see a pri­mary three pupil who had read so many books. “It was a mas­sive amount.” Emilia added: “My favourite thing about the read­ing chal­lenge was go­ing to the li­brary and choos­ing lots of dif­fer­ent books.

“My favourites were the Sandy Lane Sta­bles sto­ries, es­pe­cially ‘The Mid­night Horse’ by Michelle Bates.

“I will take part in next year’s sum­mer read­ing chal­lenge and read even more books.”

Ruther­glen Li­brary chil­dren’s as­sis­tant Deb­bie Mil­lar said: “I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted that Burgh Pri­mary won the Sum­mer Read­ing Cup es­pe­cially as it makes it the third year that a school in the Ruther­glen/Cam­bus­lang area has won this award.

“Li­brary staff, teach­ers, par­ents and es­pe­cially the chil­dren worked re­ally hard to make the Read­ing Chal­lenge a suc­cess and it’s fan­tas­tic that so many chil­dren en­joy read­ing.

Adele Mills, se­nior com­mu­nity in­vest­ment man­ager at Tesco Bank added: “Read­ing is a fun­da­men­tal life skill so we’re de­lighted that chil­dren from South La­nark­shire got in­volved in the Tesco Bank Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge Scot­land through their lo­cal li­brary.

“Re­search shows that read­ing dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days is very im­por­tant.”

Fool­ing around Au­thor Jonathan Meres en­ter­tains Burgh Pri­mary pupils at the Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge Awards

Book bugs Guest Au­thor Johnny Meres joins chil­dren from Burgh Pri­mary School at the Tesco Bank Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge

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