Recently the boys school held a Library Challenge in which the pupils and parents were encouraged to red as many books as possible within a specified time-frame and then write a brief review of each book. The lower school pupils just had to write about why they liked each book and what they learnt from it.

The challenge was taken very seriously in our house with Joel really enjoying reading more than normal and Mummy getting quite competitive!

It seems to have paid off as today at school it was announced that Joel had won 1st prize in the Junior Challenge and Mummy had won 1st prize in the Parent Challenge.

Apparently Joel was totally surprised by his win and had to pick his way through the assembled mass in assembly to collect his award from the principal. We're also told that he was really proud that his Mummy had won the parents prize.

Here's the relevant extract from the school newsletter:

RESULTS OF THE 2009 LIBRARY CHALLENGE

Thank you to all the pupils and parents who participated in the 2009 LIBRARY CHALLENGE. I believe it is a wonderful attribute to pass on to our children, especially in these days of busyness and high stress levels. A love of reading and enjoyment of good literature is often an anecdote to our way of life.

The winners are:

Senior Primary – Konrad Kuehl

Junior Primary – Joel Finnie

Parent – Paula Finnie

Just some of Joel’s comments which are what this challenge is all about really; ‘ this book is great because it shows me that mums and dads love all their children the same; my favourite book! I learn all about what pirates wear, do and say; this book has all my favourite things in it. I can read it by myself.’

Thanks Joel. I look forward to even more comments next year.


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