Warwick High School Year 9 pupils Sarah Kane and Emily Plant, with (back) librarian Janet Williams, Clara Maw, Maggie Hay, Lauren Drewery, Georgia Butler, Jacqui MacKinnon and English teacher Kirsty Caterson.
Warwick High School Year 9 pupils Sarah Kane and Emily Plant, with (back) librarian Janet Williams, Clara Maw, Maggie Hay, Lauren Drewery, Georgia Butler, Jacqui MacKinnon and English teacher Kirsty Caterson. Emma Channon

Kids, books and literacy

IN AN age where television, video games, iPhones and internet are regular household items, sadly, opening up a book is a foreign concept for many kids.

Harry Potter captivated young audiences for a period, but students and staff at Warwick State High School are throwing a line to get them hooked on books for good.

Last week, the school held its fifth annual reading challenge for primary school students.

English teacher Kirsty Caterson said the competition, run each year by Year 9 students, aimed to get young students into the world of books.

“It’s all about getting school children to read more books. They read the assigned books and then answer 15 questions,” she said.

“(The challenge) started off quite small and this year we had 18 teams.”

The parents of the primary students are also involved in the reading challenge, from encouraging the youngsters to read the set list and supporting their children in the challenge on the day.

This year, it was Warwick Central School who won the challenge after a tie-break with Warwick East.

The group of Year 9 Warwick State High School students volunteered to run the challenge, along with Mrs Caterson and librarian Janet Williams.

The high school students planned everything from choosing the books, writing the questions and running the challenge on the day.

“We try and have a whole range of books from comedy to fantasy and to biographies,” Mrs Caterson said.

If numbers of participants and parents were anything to go by, the challenge is already certainly helping Warwick households take up reading.



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