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Reading Olympics


The combination of the National Year of Reading with the London Olympics  provided a golden opportunity for us to run a Reading Olympics competition for all our Middle School boys.  The boys were challenged to see who could read the most in the 8 weeks leading up to and during the London Olympics, and this was a perfect way to not only link reading with sport but to also reward a non-sporting achievement.

The 16 Middle School classes divided neatly into 4 sporting teams and 4 countries, and each boy was given a score-sheet based on his country and team.  Each 10 pages read represented one point, and medals were awarded according to how many points were earned – 2000, 3000 and 4000 for Years 6 and 7, and 3000, 4000 and 5000 for Year 8. The boys whole-heartedly rose to the challenge and we ended up awarding 111 individual medals – 55 gold, 23 silver and 33 bronze – while the overall winners of each sporting team and country received trophies. The most successful team was the Athletics team with 49 medals, the Australian team came second with 34 medals and the Cycling team placed third with 31 medals.

During the 8 weeks of the competition, 1344 books were recorded as read; in reality this number would have been much higher because boys who were not in the competition were also reading. In all, it was a very enjoyable and highly successful competition promoting books, reading and literacy.




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Recently, thirteen Year 8 and 9 teams from the Brisbane North Region competed in the Interschool Readers Cup Competition for the honour of representing our region at the State Readers Cup Competition.  This will be held during the Brisbane Writers Festival in Term 3, and the winning teams from regional competitions all around Queensland will be competing.

The competition was again held at BGS in the Forum, and our Quiz Master on the night was local author, Kate Hunter.  Her first book, Mosquito Advertising: The Parfizz Pitch, set in Brisbane, was used as one of the titles for the competition. Other titles used were: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore; Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman; American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang; and Noah’s Law by Randa Abdel-Fattah.

The Readers Cup competition is an example of collaborative reading and team effort. Four team members must read five or six books between them, then answer questions about the books on the night. They have 30 seconds per question where they can discuss their answers before submitting them to the judges.

CBC-Qld sponsors the competition, and the books for the State competition are donated by the respective publishers. Holding the competition during the Brisbane Writers Festival means that teams from all around Queensland can attend the Word Play schools program at the Festival, and this gives students the sense of being part of a much larger community of writers and readers.

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