Burgh’s bookworms shine
School’s super success in summer reading challenge
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