Second-year students of the Springer Memorial School were the “reading champs” of this year’s Reading Programme.
To Read Is To Live was the 2016 theme of the school’s reading programme, deemed a success for its fifth year.
Principal Pauline Benjamin commended the programme’s continuous development saying: “What I like about the programme is that it extends the capacity each year.” While recognizing that technology had taken over, she added that students would expand their horizons by reading, giving themselves a head start.
Benjamin told Barbados TODAY that through the reading programme there were better results coming from English literature.
Second-year year head Francis Thompson, programme initiator, commended the literary development of students. From the period of June, 2015, to June, 2016, 780 books were read among 22 students, with two reading over 50 and three over 100.
“It cannot be denied that the programme contributed to students’ appreciation for meaningful study and general reading, which are critical for academic success”, Thompson said, noting such spin-offs as the Creative Writing Club.
There was also an improvement in promotion examination results with 58.8 per cent of the students scoring over 50, and 65 per cent scoring over 80 in at least one exam.
Former teacher Danielle Brathwaite gave the address, saying she wholeheartedly embraced the reading programme. She told her “second-year queens” that every single thing in life required reading –– from shopping
to social media use.
“My suggestion to you is to stop looking at reading as a chore, and start embracing it as the key to success,” Brathwaite advised.
She outlined the benefits of reading, including that it made one smarter, building creativity and vocabulary while supplying knowledge. Adding that the more one read, the better one became, she also alluded to reading as free entertainment.
“Books take you to a different world at different times. They teach you things you could’ve never imagined on your own,” Brathwaite said.
Members of the programme were given the opportunity to display their literary talents through song, speech and poetry.
In her poem entitled Reading Is Awesome, Khadijah Bakharia told her peers that through reading they would succeed, fulfilling big dreams.
Shaddia St John and Serena Lowe co-wrote a speech highlighting the importance of reading. Lowe said: “We encourage you to make reading an everyday habit. Soon, it should come naturally to you; maybe even become your sixth sense.”