Students at All Saints Primary School were today encouraged to continue being reading champions as it was an important step to success.
Addressing the start of the school’s annual reading week activities under the theme Read to Succeed, Read Anytime, Anywhere, education officer Janelle Little stressed the importance of being good readers.
Little said reading was an important component of being successful in life.
“All of us can be reading champions. Go to the beach and spend some time reading. Think about what you are reading. If you don’t understand, ask a question.
“We need to go beyond just looking at words and figure out what the author wants us to understand. It’s important to understand what you are reading,” she told the youngsters.
Little also stressed the importance of using the information they read for good.
“Think before you share information. Is it truthful, helpful, inspiring, necessary and is it kind,” she said.
The education officer told students of the St Peter primary school: “I know you are going to have a great week. Participate in everything that’s the only way you can gain the greatest benefit during this reading week.”
She also congratulated the ten students who copped three silver and seven bronze awards in the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) Literary Arts discipline this year.
She encouraged teachers to continue setting good examples for the children and impress upon their charges the importance of reading.
Senior teacher Gregory Vaughn also congratulated the students on a job well done at NIFCA.
“It is a proper start for our reading week because we have gone from two winners to five winners to ten. We hope that we would continue that trend,” he said, adding that Dominick Corbin one of the silver awardees was invited to perform his piece at the upcoming NIFCA Gala.
The students will take part in several activities for the remainder of the week including a character day and word search competition.