Premier's Reading Challenge
I am urging all local school children to take advantage of a suite of initiatives to support reading, writing and strengthen children’s literacy.
Last week, I was at Mt. Gravatt State School to officially kick off the 2018 Premier’s Reading Challenge and to announce that the Queensland Ready Reading Program would also recommence from this year. It was fantastic to be at Mt. Gravatt to read to the Preps and see how much they enjoyed it. One of the most wonderful things about being a father is getting to read to my girls because I know what transformative effects reading books has on our children.Literacy is a powerful tool which gives children the best start at school, but also builds a solid foundation that shapes every aspect of their lives. That’s why it’s important for all children around the state to have a strong foundation in literacy and that’s what the Premier’s Reading Challenge and the Ready Reading Program are all about.
We made a commitment at the election to reintroduce the successful Ready Reading Program, which was scrapped by the LNP Government in 2012. This program will see up to 3000 reading volunteers, trained by Volunteering Queensland, go into schools across the state to share the love of reading with students. We’ll have Ready Reading trainers embedded across the state, benefiting students from Far North Queensland right down to the Gold Coast. Registrations to become a Ready Reading Volunteer opened this week on 14 May.
Last year more than 156,000 young Queenslanders took part in the Premier’s Reading Challenge, reading more than 2.19 million books. This included individual readers and participants from 850 schools and 410 early childhood education and care services across the state. I know there will already be plenty of youngsters from state and non-state schools, as well as home-schooled students, who will be hitting the books as part of the challenge which runs from 14 May to 24 August 2018.
Even children in early childhood education can take part from 13 to 24 August. This year for the first time, suggested book titles will be available in Chinese, French, German and Japanese as well as English. Learners with special needs or those who do not speak or read Standard Australian English at home can engage with books that support their needs, such as those in large print, braille or audio.
During the Premier’s Reading Challenge students aim to read a minimum number of books with no limit on the maximum number. The 2018 Premier’s Reading Challenge is supported by QSuper, RACQ, Queensland Ballet, Booktopia and The Courier-Mail.
More information on the 2018 Premier’s Reading Challenge is available at www.education.qld.gov.au/schools/readingchallenge/.
Registrations to become a Queensland Ready Reading Volunteer will open from 14 May 2018: https://volunteeringqld.org.au/