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Why read?

Reading for pleasure is a valuable activity which research shows has enormous benefits and is very rewarding. The benefits of reading for pleasure include:

  • expanding vocabulary and improving writing skills and comprehension
  • improving focus and concentration
  • providing stronger analytical thinking skills
  • improving empathy and assisting in feeling more connected
  • providing mental stimulation and improving memory
  • encouraging life goals. 

How can we help you to read?

  • Talk to your teachers. They’ll offer suggestions and give recommendations.
  • Talk to your friends. Ask them for recommendations.
  • We buy lots of new books. Tell us what you like. See the displays of new books near the borrowing desk.
  • Challenge yourself. Take part in the Premier’s Reading Challenge!
  • Get down with DEAR (Drop Everything And Read)
  • Grab a magazine or a non-fiction book. There’s more to reading than just fiction!
  • If we don’t have it, we’ll get it. See Mrs Tran or Mrs Ovchinnikov if you’d like a book specially ordered for you.

Library on the lawn

Library on the lawn challenges the traditional idea of a library. By taking our library outside to an exciting green space with fun filled reading and reading related activities, students build positive reading experiences that help develop a love of reading. 

Premier's Reading Challenge

Students from Years 7-10 can participate in the Premier’s Reading Challenge through their English classes.

The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.

The Hub purchases new books from the Premier’s Reading List each year to ensure our students have access to fiction which is appropriate for their age, maturity and interests.

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