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The Great Reading Challenge

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss

With a passion to inspire a love of reading, our Intermediate Department introduced The Great Reading Challenge in Term 3. Girls were given 24 categories to choose from such as ‘a book written at least 50 years ago’, ‘a fantasy text’, ‘a book in another language’ and ‘a book your teacher has also read’.

The girls could read as many books as they liked within any given category to compete for such coveted prizes as ‘Dustin’s Diligent Reader’ and the ‘Laugh out Loud Award’.

The challenge combined a fun and creative way to learn, with the opportunity for extension and knowledge building. Once girls had finished reading each book, they were required to complete extra tasks to post on Schoology such as videos, posters, photos and poems.

Here are a few examples of the girls’ work:

War horse by Michael Morpurgo Genre: A book with a lesson in it

“Joey is a horse that lives with his owner, Albert (owner’s son) and Zoey (a female horse). He is trained to be a farm horse but is later sold off by the owner to be a war horse much to Albert’s sadness. Joey is one of the two strongest horses and soon finds out how hard life in the war is after many bad things happen. The message in this book is how terrible the war was, some people may not realise it but not just the people in the war had a bad time when the war struck. So in conclusion I rate this book a 10, it spreads a good message and it is really good to read.”

Katie Beard, Year 7

“This is me reading my book, A star of Kazan, in an interesting place. It was actually quite comfy!”

Martine Sandberg, Year 8

“Here I am reading my animal book to Polly :)”

Molly Kinnear, Year 7

“Here is my wanted poster for my Term 3 Reading Challenge. This is Grandpa Bunting from Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams. This fits under the category: A book from the School Library.”

Wendy Zhang, Year 8

“Here is a poem about about a book called How are you peeling? Foods with Moods by Joost Elffers and Saxton Freymann. This comes under the category: A picture book! :)”

How are you peeling?

Are you sad, mad, angry, or happy?

Whatever you are, you’re feeling something, right?

Are you feeling excited, disappointed shocked or just ordinary?

Are you mad because your friend is 10 minutes late, or are you happy because you got

your favourite takeaway?

Whatever you’re feeling, you have emotions!

Tamzin Buck, Year 7

“Here I am reading the book Rodrick Rules to my mum. It fits under a book your brother or boy cousin has read.”

Tessa Waldin, Year 8

“This is a video of me reading out a segment of, The World’s Worst Children 2 by David Walliams for a book your brother or boy cousin has also read. My cousin’s name is Keanu. He turns 9 this year and is currently in Year 4.”

Jzirah Ridley, Year 7

This is my book for the category, ‘a book my teacher has also read’ – Famous Five – Five On A Treasure Island by Enid Blyton.

“Five On A Treasure Island is about four children and a dog, Julian, Richard, Anne, George and their dog Timmy who like to go on adventures. Julian, Richard and Anne are brothers and sisters who are spending the holidays at their Auntie and Uncles house. They meet their odd cousin Georgina who likes to be called George. George takes them on an adventure to Kirrin Island. They come across a shipwreck off Kirrin Island, they have never seen a shipwreck before so they decide to dive down to the wreck. But they can’t find the treasure. The five start searching for clues but realise they are not alone. I would recommend this book to people who like to read adventure books and like an awesome book. Five On A Treasure Island is suitable for people aged 9-14 years. Famous Five has been around for 70 years.”

Alexandra Cave, Year 7



“This is my book cover for Girl Online by Zoe Sugg.

Amelia Ashby, Year 8