School and Community Literacy Events
Being involved in whole school and community literacy events is an important part of our continued effort to promote the importance on literacy development in our students.
Some important literacy events our school is involved in include:
Premier's Reading Challenge
The Premier's Reading Challenge is a literacy engagement program that was introduced by the Premier in 2004 to:
Encourage students to read more books and enjoy reading
Improve literacy levels.
The Challenge requires students to read 12 books between the beginning of the school year and early September.
Mayors' Short Story Challenge
The Alexandrina and Victor Harbor Public Libraries has been successfully running the Mayors' Short Story Challenge for five years. The event presents the opportunity to promote literacy and creativity, and to connect students and their school with the library services in the Fleurieu. The Challenge runs throughout term 2 and encourages students of all ages R-10 to create and engage in the writing process.
National Simultaneous Story Time
National Simultaneous Story time is an important annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. It is a colourful, vibrant and fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy using an Australian children's book that explores age appropriate themes and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Grades 1 to 6.
National Family Reading Month
National Family Reading Month is a national event aimed at encouraging students to read more and share the experience with their families by reading for 10 minutes, every day in May. It's a great event encouraging the importance and love of reading.
Each year, schools and public libraries across Australia spend a week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians develop activities, offer competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading. Celebrating its 70th Anniversary in 2015, the theme was - Books light up our world!
National Literacy and Numeracy Week
We encourage participation from schools, teachers, parents and students to explore reading, writing and numeracy! The National Literacy and Numeracy Week celebrates the importance of literacy and numeracy skills in schools across Australia.
The Reading Hour
Taking part in the Reading Hour which is driven by Australian libraries, raises the status and visibility of reading and literacy nationwide, promotes the benefits of reading and storytelling as critical life skills and catalysts for well-being, and unifies the national literacy network working toward Australia becoming a nation of readers.