This is the second year that St. Mary's has been involved in the Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC). The Challenge is optional for children from Years 1 to 4. Children in Years 5 and 6 however, are all expected to participate, as it is a perfect opportunity to encourage reading. This year more than 130 children completed the PRC.

The PRC is an initiative of the NSW State Government. It runs from the 1st of February to the 1st of September each year. The Challenge aims to encourage in children a love of reading for leisure and pleasure, and to enable children to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each child to read, read more and read more widely.

All children who enter the challenge need to select a given amount of books from the PRC booklist. Many of these books are available from the school library, in a section devoted to the Challenge and the list can be found on the PRC website. Children in Years 3 to 6, who accept the challenge, are required to read 20 books in one year. Of the 20 books, at least 15 books must be selected from the PRC booklist, and a maximum of 5 choice books can be included. Children in Year 1 and 2 need to experience 30 books in one year; either by having books read to them, participating in shared reading or reading books or some of the book independently. Of the 30 books, at least 25 must be from the PRC booklist and a maximum of 5 choice books can be selected.

A reading log can be used to keep a personal ongoing record of books read. It should include the PRC code number, the title and the author of each book. Once the challenge has been completed this information must be entered on the website. Children must be registered before books can be entered. Each school participating in the challenge has a unique PRC user name and password, which can only be used by coordinators to register the school and children, and verify the children's reading records. Books can be entered at any time, via any computer, which has Internet access, and parental assistance will be needed to record books read.

Every child who successfully meets the challenge receives a certificate signed by the Premier and will appear in the PRC Honour Roll which is published in the Sun Herald. The children will receive their certificates in Term 4.

The PRC website is:


Click here for the 2016 Premier's Reading Challenge for students in Years 1-6

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