Premier's Reading Challenge

We at St. Mary of the Cross have registered to take part in the 2022 Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC). I am delighted to invite all students to join in.

The PRC is not a competition but a way to encourage students to develop a love of reading for life. Students are encouraged to select a range of fiction and non- fiction books suited to their reading ability and record books read during the reading period, between 9 May to 26 August. Reader record forms will be distributed through the school Library as we will begin the challenge through our class reading programs.

As parents, we ask you to support the challenge by encouraging your children to read their library books and borrow each week. We also ask you to, assist your child to fill in their Reader record form which from 23 May will be kept in their library bag.

To complete the challenge:

  • Prep to Year 2 must read or experience at least 20 books
  • Years 3 and 4 must read at least 20 books
  • Years 5 to 9 must read at least 15 books.

Experiencing books can include shared reading, listening to stories, or reading picture books. The aim for the 2022 challenge is to engage more students to read than ever before! Last year saw more than 168,000 children from around the state participate.

For suggested books or for more information about the PRC, please visit:

Every student who completes the challenge will receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier. I look forward to seeing our students take part in the 2022 Premier’s Reading Challenge and enjoy a diverse range of books by a diverse range of authors.

​Enjoy the challenge,