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Week 1, Term Three, 2017

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The Readers Cup competition challenges students to read a range of books, collaborate in a team and develop a love of reading. Each team reads five novels chosen by the regional coordinators and are quizzed on them, against other schools from the region.

Throughout Term 2, students from our Junior and Senior School participated in the Readers Cup competition. Congratulations go to all those who took part.

Having now been involved in a Junior Readers Cup competition for four years, I noticed this year was by far our fiercest yet. As a team, the Year 5 and 6 girls worked beautifully together, producing our best result to date. We came fourth overall, with only five points between us and the winning team. The books read this year were Ugly by Robert Hoge, Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty, We are Giants by Amber Lee Dodd, Smile by Reina Telgemeier and New Boy by Nick Earls.

For the first time we entered a senior team this year; a request from students who participated in the Junior School team in 2016. The students did amazingly well, finishing seventh place. The team organised meeting times to discuss the books and ran them independently throughout the term. The books chosen were When Friendship Followed me Home by Paul Griffin, The Tournament of Gorlan (Rangers Apprentice Early Years) by John Flanagan, The Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers, The Bubble Boy by Stewart Foster and The Horses Didn’t Come Home by Pamela Rushby. Overheard on the night from our team, “I think we are the team having the most fun!” Which is what we believe students should feel about reading.

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