Local Students Celebrate Reading Challenge

11/11/2013

Enthusiastic students from 12 local Kallangur and Pine Rivers schools are taking part in celebrations after reading their way through the eighth annual Premier's Reading Challenge.

Member for Kallangur, Trevor Ruthenberg and Member for Pine Rivers, Seath Holswich congratulated local students for their efforts.

"In both Kallangur and Pine Rivers, 12 schools have done a fantastic job encouraging a love of reading in students from Prep to Year 7," Mr Ruthenberg said.

"Students from Prep to Year 4 read a minimum of 20 books, and Years 5 to 7 read 15 books since they will generally select longer and more complicated titles which take longer to read."

The end of the 2013 Premier's Reading Challenge marks a record event, with 37 more schools completing the challenge and 100,000 more books read.

Mr Holswich said local schools were holding celebrations and certificate presentations over the coming weeks, including Dayboro State School, where Mr Holswich is presenting certificates today.

"All students who complete the challenge receive a certificate with the Premier's signature, and schools go into the draw to win NRL jerseys and footballs, or family passes from Village Roadshow Theme Parks," he said.

The schools who actively participated in the Premier's Reading Challenge in the Kallangur Electorate were Dakabin, Jinibara, Kallangur, Kurwongbah, Living Faith Lutheran, Narangba, Petrie and Undurba. In the Pine Rivers electorate congratulations go to Genesis Christian College, Bray Park, Dayboro and Strathpine West State Schools.

Premier Campbell Newman said 118,500 students, both home-schooled and from more than 735 schools across Queensland, took part in this year's challenge, with a record 84,000 completing it.

"From 14 May to 6 September, students throughout Queensland poured through more than 1.7 million books as part of the annual challenge," Mr Newman said.

"The Premier's Reading Challenge helps improve literacy by encouraging children to read a range of different books, helping to exercise young imaginations and open up a world of facts and figures."

The Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said parents and teachers also deserved recognition.

"Their efforts in fostering a love of reading helps set Queensland children up for a lifetime of learning," Mr Langbroek said.

He said Queensland students' literacy results had lagged under 20 years of Labor.

"The Newman Government is committed to delivering better student outcomes," Mr Langbroek said.

"Together with school communities, we are focussed on boosting teacher quality, increasing school autonomy and improving student discipline.

"The LNP will continue to revitalise frontline services like education for Queensland families," Mr Langbroek said.