Schools unite for lit­er­acy pro­gram

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - SHAUN McMANUS

THREE Der­went Val­ley schools are book­ing brighter fu­tures for their stu­dents with a new lit­er­acy project start­ing this year.

New Nor­folk High School, Fairview Pri­mary School, and New Nor­folk Pri­mary School were suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants in the State Gov­ern­ment’s Mid­dle Years Lit­er­acy Project for stu­dents in Grades 5-8.

There is now a co-or­di­na­tor work­ing across the three schools on the project, which runs for three years.

New Nor­folk High School prin­ci­pal Adam Potito said his school had cre­ated mini li­braries within and near class­rooms, com­ple­ment­ing the reg­u­lar li­brary, so stu­dents had ac­cess to books reg­u­larly.

“One of the fo­cuses that we’re go­ing to be look­ing at is the teach­ing of read­ing,” Mr Potito said.

“As part of that, we want to work with our teach­ers to have the best read­ing teach­ing strate­gies, but also we want to create a cul­ture where all stu­dents read, and read reg­u­larly, and read at home as well as at school.

“We’ve been work­ing to make sure we’ve got re­ally en­gag­ing texts for stu­dents to read, which they may find ir­re­sistible and want to take home and read.”

As a keen reader, New Nor­folk High School Grade 7 stu­dent Lilli Isaac is a fan of the project.

“I like imag­in­ing the char­ac­ters,” Lilli said.

“I like read­ing Big Nate and Di­ary of a Wimpy Kid, and I also like read­ing some Del­tora Quest.”

Mr Potito said while all schools reg­u­larly re­fresh their book list, New Nor­folk High School has “gone a bit harder with that this year”.

“[We’ve] pur­chased a whole lot more, and we’re seek­ing in­for­ma­tion from stu­dents about what they would like to read as well,” he said.

“We want books that are ac­ces­si­ble to all stu­dents, and also books that ex­tend stu­dents that are reg­u­lar read­ers al­ready.”

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