Reading revolution at Minto school

Holy picturebooks Batman!

Pupils at Campbellfield Public School in Minto have been treated to plenty of special guests this term in an innovative effort to foster a love of reading.

The kids gather Monday to Wednesday mornings for a book session with a series of guest readers – including Batman and industrial worker Scott Hughes.

The school launched the program this term to inspire their pupils to take to books with enthusiasm.

“We noticed that not a lot of kids are engaged with reading,” deputy principal Gillian Blackmore said.

“A lot of these kids come from homes where their parents had bad experiences at school and never got to develop a love of reading.

“So by reading as a community we hoped they would become more engaged and grow to love it if they see a different adults who they can look up to supporting it.”

Ms Blackmore said guests also included parents of various cultures which helped build the value of reading as something that crossed cultural lines.

The morning reading sessions are well-attended by pupils and their families and include a lovely garden-party set-up with a coffee van, music from local students and donated rustic furniture.

“We’re giving these kids a purpose with reading,” she said.

Scott Hughes, the husband of one of the school’s teachers, read Thelma the Unicorn for the kids this month.

The St Andrews man said happy to donate his time for a “good cause”.

“It’s great to come together as a community and get them into something like reading,” he said.

“I had nothing close to this for me when I was at school.

“If I had I’m sure it would have made a difference.”

Sarah Redfern High School students Ben Seupule and Faith Mariri also lent their time to the event on Monday morning, providing the kids, staff and parents with some music.

Ben, a Campbellfield graduate, said he had never experienced anything like the reading project and was glad to take part.

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