Literacy. A two-week visit has brought out the nurturing side of local students, with a remarkable number of books read in the hope that a special bug will soon hatch.
Welcoming the Reading Bug Egg with an assembly and setting a goal of 100 books to read, Smithton Primary School senior staff member Libby Grey could not have guessed what would happen next.
“Children were very cunning in reading ‘short’ books to make the number count,” she said.
“There was also a lot of simultaneous reading going on – the Reading Bug must be very clever to listen to many stories at once!”
A total of 909 books were read as close to 200 students from kindergarten to grade six embraced the visit.
Not to be outdone, the Launching into Learning group also took part, telling stories to the egg.
“The Reading Bug Egg discovery has been a great inspiration for children and adults alike in the community, to become aware of the importance of reading,” Mrs Grey said.
She added students felt a sense of achievement when reading to the egg and teachers appreciated the stimulus for reading in their classrooms.
The Reading Bug Egg has since been to St Peter Chanel Catholic School and will now spend the next fortnight at Redpa Primary School before moving on to Circular Head Christian School.
The literacy initiative was brought to the community by Rural Health’s HIPPY team, with coordinator Leanne Marsden saying the response from everyone has been “phenomenal, exceeding expectations”.