Principal's Reading Challenge

All students have embraced the challenge, and are well on their way to achieving their goals. We are very excited to hear the students discuss the books they have read or are currently reading. Keep up the great work!

28th October – 25th November 2019

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


  • Prep to Year 2 students are encouraged to read 20 books in this period. Reading can include independent reading or shared reading with an adult or older student.

  • Years 3 – 6 students are encouraged to read for at least 30 minutes each school day.

Incentives: Each student will be given a bookmark, which can be marked (using a hole punch or stickers) when a book is read or a time period has lapsed. At the end of t​he challenge, a certificate will be given to each student. Students will go into a draw for prizes.

Opening: Monday 28th October

Celebration/closing event: Monday 25th November

Preparation: Boxes of books will be distributed to each year level. The students or teacher may choose to read more widely than the books on offer.