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Premier’s Reading Challenge 2016

The Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) is an annual Queensland-wide initiative for state and non-state school students up to Year 9. This challenge is not a competition but aims to improve literacy and encourage children to read widely for pleasure and learning.


Our students in Years 4 – 9 at Ambrose Treacy College are invited to take part in the 2016 Premier’s Reading Challenge. The challenge commences on Monday May 16 and concludes on Friday 26 August. To successfully complete the challenge students must read or experience the number of books indicated in the table below. Experiencing a book can include classroom or at home activities such as shared reading.

There are requirements for the number of books to be read depending on the year level of the student.
Year 3-4 is 20 books and Year 5-9 is 15 books.

Students are encouraged to select a range of fiction and non-fiction books suited to their reading ability. While there is no compulsory reading list for the challenge, booklists are available to help students, teachers, parents and guardians select appropriate reading material. Our library staff have also established our own comprehensive reading lists to assist students who may need support in finding reading material that interests them.

Children and students who complete the challenge will have their efforts recognised through the receipt of a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier of Queensland. These certificates will be handed out during the PRC Celebration Weeks from 7 – 18 November 2016. Visit the Premier’s Reading Challenge site for more information about this challenge.

We are hoping that a large number of students will take up and have success with this challenge and appreciate any support provided from home to encourage the boys to read. The benefits of reading for pleasure are far reaching. Aside from the sheer joy of exercising the imagination, evidence shows that reading for pleasure improves literacy, health, social skills and learning outcomes. It also gives people access to culture and heritage and empowers them to become active citizens.

“The man who doesn’t read has no advantage over the man who can’t read.” Author anonymous.

Mrs Ros Peters, Information Services Coordinator