Overall 26% of all students from Reception–Year 9 in South Australia completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge in 2004 which is 49 464 students. 26 schools had 100% of their students completing the Challenge which is an amazing effort. 21 schools had over 90%, 22 schools over 80% and 25 schools over 70%.
71% of all schools in South Australia registered to participate in the Challenge and 68% of all schools had students completing the Premier’s Reading Challenge. At the beginning of the year we were hoping for participation from 50% of schools so these numbers were much higher than anticipated which is a great result.
The gender statistics are also quite interesting as anecdotal evidence through the year told us that boys were enjoying the Challenge. The final result was that 47% of the participants were male and 53% female which is a very encouraging result. Boys certainly are reading and almost as much as the girls.
Many schools have reported a boost in the enthusiasm for reading because of the Premier’s Reading Challenge and that it has appealed to some children who would normally be disinclined to read books. Others who have enjoyed the Challenge include distance education students, special school students, hearing and sight impaired students and students with other significant physical and intellectual disabilities. In some schools, special needs students have been amongst the keenest participants. There have been anecdotal stories of students motivating each other to read and of parents being involved.
Many students have been using public libraries to access books and borrowing rates have reflected this. They also report that students have improved their information literacy skills involved with public libraries. Thank you to all those in public and community libraries for supporting the Challenge.
Representatives from 28 schools with an outstanding rate of students completing the Premier’s Reading Challenge in 2004 were invited by the Premier to the Premier’s Reception. The Premier and Minister presented each group with a certificate and a parcel of books and book vouchers donated by sponsoring bookshops and publishers. The student-friendly event included face painting, a milkshake bar, delicious food and the chance to mingle with the Premier, Minister and ambassadors including Juliet Haslam, Mem Fox, Che Cockatoo-Collins, Mark Bickley and Phil Cummings. Guests were welcomed by ‘The Stringettz’, a Maryattville High School Year 8 ensemble and were entertained by Colonel Light Gardens Primary School rap group. The backdrop of the awesome Mortlock Library made this a very special experience for everyone there. Thank you to all sponsors: Scholastic, Rigby, Bees Knees Books, Dymocks Rundle Mall, Lighthouse Books, Omnibus Books, Pegi Williams Bookshop, Holdfast Books and Angus & Robertson Unley.
|List of Schools|
|Black Forest Primary School student comments|
|Sponsors of the Premier`s Reading Challenge|
On 29 November Mem Fox was invited to Flinders Park Primary School by the teacher librarian, Di Hannaford. She felt students had done so well completing the Premier's Reading Challenge that she wanted to make it a very special event. The highest number of books read by one student in the school is 192 books - an incredible effort by Thomas and Tayla read 132 books. The Principal challenged every student to be involved in 2005.
Students were very excited that Mike Rann, Premier of SA, was coming to visit so they could thank him for initiating the Challenge and giving them the money to buy lots of new books. For the older children at Salisbury PS, the most popular books are Deltora Quest, Tashi, Selby, Lily Quench and Emily Eyefinger. Staff commented that the Challenge had made a big difference to reading and had been very meaningful for the students. The Premier was presented with an 'Aim high" award based on the school motto and also a mural that a class had made about the books they had read for the Challenge.
The Premier and Che Cockatoo-Collins visited Seacliff Primary School on the invitation from Sonia Dittmar's Year 1 & 2 class. They wanted to present him with a magnificent book of their writing and artwork based on the Premier's Reading Challenge books they had read. 70%of students at Seacliff Primary School completed the Challenge and the Premier presented certificates at the school assembly. A feature of the assembly was a very talented student who played the piano for 'Advance Australia Fair' and the school song.
Students at Hallett Cove South were excited to receive certificates for completing the Premier's Reading Challenge from ambassador Che Cockatoo-Collins. Thanks to the teacher-librarian, Daphne Campbell for organising the presentations.
The first Premier's Reading Challenge certificate presentation for 2004 took place as part of the Seaton High School Presentation Assembly on Friday 5 November. Che Cockatoo-Collins presented certificates to 88 Year 8 and 9 students who completed the Challenge. This is a wonderful effort from a high school and the credit goes to all the students and the Year 8 co-ordinator, Jenny Burford for the encouragement she gave to the students to participate. Thank you also to the very supportive library staff at the school.
Che Cockatoo-Collins cut the ribbon to reopen the Settlers Farm Campus library and students released over 100 balloons onto the vaulted ceiling of the library as well as 2 large balloons outside . The school participated in the Premier's Reading Challenge despite not having a library all year as it burnt down on 31 December 2003. Salisbury Public Library and neighbouring schools helped out with providing books for classes to read. The literacy grant helped make it possible to reopen in fourth term and student representatives from each class helped spend the money on new books. Congratulations to everyone at Settlers Farm School and particularly the teacher librarians Nola and Bianca for a fabulous new library facility.
The Premier and Che Cockatoo-Collins helped the school community at Fulham North celebrate the end of the first year of the Challenge. Paul Caica, the local Member of Parliament, also attended the celebrations. After being entertained at a wonderful assembly all students enjoyed eating the cakes that had been creatively decorated in a "reading" theme. Well done, Fulham North!
Educators participated in an information session about the Premier's Reading Challenge as part of the Literacy and Numeracy Expo held at EDC on Tuesday 7 September 2004.
Che Cockatoo-Collins by the Bookweek display at Trinity College.
Many schools have contributed literacy ideas that can be used with the Premier's Reading Challenge. Please feel free to use any of these ideas and let me know if there are other activities you would like to add to this page.
Highbury Primary School promoted the Premier's Reading Challenge when Jane Reilly visited the school arriving in a helicopter.
The Premier and Che Cockatoo-Collins received a very friendly welcome from the school community at Sheidow Park School after a group of year 7 students decided to invite the Premier earlier in the year.
Che Cockatoo-Collins made a Bookweek appearance at Trinity College. He talked to the Year 6/7 students in the library and then the whole school at an assembly encouraging them to complete the Challenge by 10 September 2004.
Ms Sonia Dittmar's Year One & Two class have made a huge poster thanking the Premier for inviting them to participate in the Premier's Reading Challenge. Please read their poem copied from the poster and you will see they have really enjoyed reading the books and doing lots of activities.
|Thanks for the Challenge....... Poem from Seacliff PS|
Students gave Che a very enthusiastic welcome when he presented some Premier's Reading Challenge certificates to early finishers at Wallaroo Primary School. He talked to groups of students about his football career and how this related to their school values and the Premier's Reading Challenge. Students enjoyed Che having a kick of the footy on the oval with them at lunch time. Thanks to teacher librarian, Alex Newbold, for organising the visit.
The Weekend Warrigal Children's Book Club at the Hindmarsh Public Library welcomed Mike Rann to a fun session on Saturday 17 July 2004. The Mayor of Charles Sturt Council and many parents were also on hand to be entertained by author Phil Cummings and storyteller George Kavanagh. The Premier encouraged all students to take part in the Premier's Reading Challenge and thanked Public Libraries for being so supportive with this literacy initiative provided by the Government.
Black Forest Primary School entertained the Premier and Minister Stephanie Keys at an assembly where he talked to students about the Premier's Reading Challenge and presented some library books to the school.
Juliet Haslam enjoyed meeting students from 2 classes. Jane Lomax-Smith also attended for the wonderful assembly which included a very creative reading dance and rap. The music and dance items were great entertainment.
Students at Keynton Primary School had a "Read all day" party to celebrate their reading achievements. Students wore pyjamas and brought their sleeping bags, pillows and teddy bears and spent the entire day reading books. Hot chocolate and popcorn contributed to a very successful day. Tracey Coad - Teacher.
The Minister for Education and Children's Services announced the Rann Governement has backed a highly successful Premier's Reading Challenge with $2.17 million to buy thousands of new books. Jane Lomax-Smith made the announcement at Lockleys Primary School and invited the Premier's Reading Ambassador, Che Cockatoo Collins, to share the good news. The announcement was made during Public Education Week, 2004.
The Premier, Mike Rann and the Minister for Education and Children's Services, Jane Lomax-Smith, visited Shoan at the Women's and Children's Hospital School before she returned to her home country of Malaysia. Shoan is a 7 year old attending the school while her younger brother is receiving treatment. The amazing thing is that Shoan read her 12 books in English, even though she speaks Chinese at school and also learns Malaysian.
Five high-profile South Australians with a passion for reading have joined Premier Mike Rann to put out the challenge to students to read more books.
Local sporting identities Mark Bickley, Kathryn Harby-Williams and Juliet Haslam, as well as South Australian children's authors Mem Fox and Phil Cummings, have agreed to become ambassadors for the inaugural Premier's Reading Challenge.
The challenge kicks off today, with the launch of a new website where schools can sign up students.
The ambassadors joined Premier Rann, Education Minister Trish White and Member for Colton Paul Caica at Kidman Park Primary School today to herald the start of the challenge.
Premier Rann says young people from around the State can now sign up through their school to take part.
'This is something that every reception to year 9 student in the State can be part of,' he says.
Today we are putting out the call for young people to pick up their books and start reading.
We want students to aim to read 12 books between now and 10 September, including at least eight from the Premier's Reading Challenge book list.
We have already had more than 200 government and non-government schools express interest in taking part following initial publicity about the challenge late last year.