Nundah students help to break reading challenge records

Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard and Education Minister Grace Grace have today congratulated the students of Nundah State School who read more than 14,000 books as part of the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

“It’s clear that the students of Nundah State School love reading, with every student taking part in this year’s event,” Ms Linard said.

“Reading is so important to young peoples’ education and I am thrilled to see so many of my youngest constituents getting involved in this important event.

“The Premier’s Reading Challenge encourages children to develop a love of reading for life, and to explore and enjoy a wide range of literary resources in unique ways.

“Whilst many students choose to read traditional novels, picture books and short stories, I am pleased to see students exploring the worlds of audio books, braille books, graphic novels and electronic reading resources.

“This year for the first time, suggested book titles were also available in Chinese, French, German and Japanese as well as English.”

Mr Grace said that young Queenslanders had read more than 2.46 million books during the 2018 Premier’s Reading Challenge.

“This year has seen the highest participation rate and numbers of books read in the history of the Challenge,” Ms Linard said.

“Across the state we saw 181,691 students and children take part, smashing the previous years’ total of 156,000 participants and 2.19 million books read.

“It’s clear to me that young Queenslanders love the Premier’s Reading Challenge, with over 800 schools and 220 early childhood centres taking part and contributing to the state’s impressive total.”

Schools and early childhood centres across the state will hold ceremonies this month to celebrate Premier’s Reading Challenge successes and present participation certificates signed by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Nundah State School Principal Deb Cox said the school has participated in the challenge since 2011 and wouldn’t have missed it in 2018.

“Our school places a huge importance on reading for fun and learning and is incredibly proud to have achieved 100% student participation in the Premier’s Reading Challenge once again,” Ms Cox said.

“This year our students managed to read over 14,700 books and we are pleased to be able to recognise all of their achievements with the Minister for Education during our celebration week event.”

The 2018 Premier’s Reading Challenge is supported by QSuper, RACQ, Queensland Ballet, Booktopia and The Courier-Mail. For more information about the Premier’s Reading Challenge, visit www.readingchallenge.education.qld.gov.au 

Media contact: Nudgee Electorate Office (3638 7100)

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