Stories swirl as kids take on challenge

Well read: Riley Bush and Charlotte Ulrich were among about 259 William Clarke College pupils from kindergarten to year 8 who completed the 2013 Premier’s Reading Challenge. Picture: Natalie RobertsYear 6 pupils at William Clarke College, Kellyville, turned to a new page of achievement when they collectively read more than 1500 books for the 2013 Premier’s Reading Challenge.

It is the first time an entire grade at the school has completed the challenge, which aims to encourage a love of reading.

Classmates Riley Bush and Charlotte Ulrich, both 11, found time to meet the quota of 20 books between March 1 and September 1, between homework and outside school activities.

These included swimming practice five days a week for Riley and dance and tae kwon do for Charlotte.

“I was reading some books at home and some at school,” she said.

“My favourite one of what we got to choose was Hairy Maclary.”

Head of the school’s library service John Stanton took book requests during the challenge.

The approved reading list for years 5 and 6 included a wide array of books, from Asterix comics, picture books and non-fiction to Emily Rodda’s popular Deltora Quest series.

“Everybody from the best readers to those who struggle with reading have completed it so it’s pretty amazing,” Mr Stanton said.

“The more they can read when they’re younger, the greater their vocabulary and the greater their pool of stories they can draw on.

”I think it’s important for these year groups because when they are in high school they have different demands on their time, and the reading demands in some of their subjects are higher. The higher up they go the less time they get to read for pleasure.”

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