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Harriet Shing MP:
West Gippsland and Latrobe Valley Children Embrace Reading at Home

Congratulations to schools that participated in the Premiers Reading Challenge.

By Portal Admin - 30th November 2020 - Back to News

Children in West Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley have been exploring far off lands and going on countless adventures as part of this years Premiers Reading Challenge.

Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing today congratulated the students at the following schools who had taken part in the challenge and experienced the joy and wonder of reading:

  • Yallourn North Primary School
  • Grey Street Primary School (Traralgon)
  • St Michael's School-Traralgon
  • Newborough East Primary School
  • Labertouche Primary School
  • Moe Primary School
  • Moe (South Street) Primary School
  • Moe (Albert Street) Primary School
  • St James School-Nar Nar Goon
  • St Paul's Anglican Grammar School
  • Nilma Primary School
  • Marist-Sion College-Warragul

Signed certificates from Premier Daniel Andrews and former premiers are now being sent out to those who completed the challenge, centred around the theme Reading: Everybody. Everyday..

In its 16th year, the Premiers Reading Challenge was established to inspire more children to read, helping to build essential literacy skills that support their education.

More than 3 million students have read more than 51 million books since it began.

To complete the challenge, students in Years 3-10 needed to read at least 15 books in the six months from March to September. For prep-Year 2 students, the challenge was to read or experience 30 books.

Children who have not yet started school were challenged to read or experience 40 books with the help of their families as part of the Premiers Reading Challenge for the Early Years.

More than 12,000 books featured on this years list and included novels, picture books, short stories, poems and non-fiction titles. Books could be read in any language.

This years theme artwork for the certificates and challenge was designed by Jess McGeachin, whose debut picture book Fly, published in 2019, was shortlisted for the World Illustration awards. Looking for Alibrandi author Melina Marchetta was this years Premiers Reading Challenge author.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

"Congratulations to all who took part in this years Premiers Reading Challenge, and thanks to the many parents and teachers that supported children in this challenge."

"Helping children find a love of reading and literacy early is critical to developing skills that will set them up for life."

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing

"Its fantastic to see so many avid readers in West Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley. I hope their participation in this years challenge leads to a lifelong love of reading."


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