Reading Challenge Pushes Students Further

Our new cohort of Year 7 students took up the challenge, issued at our Year 7 Orientation Day in November 2018, to read five novels over the summer holiday. Each student received a copy of Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee to start them off.

This week, thirty book-loving Year 7 students gathered in the Library to discuss the challenge, share their opinions on the books that they read and eat pizza.

Mrs Barbara Orrock, SGCS Librarian said:

The students relished the opportunity to share their experiences of the titles and series that they had read over the summer. Some of the most popular books series included: ‘Friday Barnes’ by R.A. Spratt; ‘Brotherband’ by John Flanagan; ‘Percy Jackson’ by Rick Roirdan; ‘Nevermoor’ by Jessica Townsend; and ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ by C.S. Lewis. Individual titles that repeatedly came up in discussions included ‘The Ice Monster’ by David Walliams and ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio.

Many students surprised us by going above and beyond the challenge. It was encouraging to see that so many students have already developed good reading habits especially given the Library slogan this year is “Read Every Day”. We encourage our parents to contact the Library directly if they would like some help choosing books for their children so that they can discover the joy of reading!