Schools unite for literacy program
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.”