The library staff also organized competitions such as book in a jar, lucky door prizes and staff’s favourite book guessing competition. A huge thank you to all the students and staff who took part. With over 200 books checked out, it’s clear we have some keen readers in the school. A big congratulations to Ms Connor and Mr Sullivan who won the teachers lucky door prizes – ironically Mr Sullivan won the same book he was reading. Also, a massive thank you to Ms Hatfield-Smith who took her Year 12 Advanced English class to read to other students.
Provided are a few quick facts that reinforce why reading is so important for our students:
- Reading reduces stress by 68%, relieving stress more quickly than listening to music, going for a walk or having a cup of tea
- Children who know adults who read for pleasure take it for granted that reading is valuable
- The more leisure books people read, the more literate they become and the more prosperous and equitable the society they inhabit
- Reading a gripping novel causes positive biological changes in the brain that can last for days
- Increasing literacy and numeracy skills has a positive and significant effect on gaining employment