Principal's Reading Challenge

​We are delighted to announce the launch of the Principal’s Reading Challenge next Wednesday 17th October. Local author Christine Bongers and Local Government Councillor Andrew Wines will read to the students at 10am as part of the launch.

Aim: The St Mary of the Cross Principal’s Reading Challenge aims to celebrate the reading culture at our school, 
improve literacy and encourage our students to read for pleasure and learning.

Participants: Prep to Year 6

Dates: Wednesday 17th October to Wednesday 21st November

Challenge: Prep to Year 2 students are encouraged to read 20 books in this period (one book each school day). Reading can include independent reading or shared reading with an adult or older student. Years 3 – 6 students are encouraged to read for 30 minutes each school day.

Incentives: Each student will be given a bookmark which will be kept at school and marked by the teacher when a book is read or a time period has lapsed. At the conclusion of the four week period, a certificate will be given to each student who has completed the challenge. These students will also go into a draw for prizes.

Opening Event: Wednesday 17th October – Christine Bongers and Cr Andrew Wines
Closing Event: Tuesday 27th November

A selection of books from the library will be made available to each class. Students may also read books from home in consultation with their class teacher.

Students Need School Libraries
We are fortunate at St Mary of the Cross to have a school library that is supported by the community and our school leadership team. Sadly, some schools are lacking this vital resource. The ‘Students Need School Libraries’ campaign will be launched next Tuesday 16th October. The mission of this organisation is to ensure student access to high quality school library services. School libraries, and the qualified staff that run them are vital for ensuring that all students develop a love of reading, and are equipped with the research and literacy skills they need throughout their life. For more information and to show your support click on this link: