TAG | Readers Cup


Last week, two teams of  Middle School students represented Brisbane Grammar School in two separate Children’s Book Council interschool Readers’ Cup competitions. On Thursday night, the Forum in the Lilley Centre was the venue for 17 teams of excited Year 8 and 9 students competing in the Brisbane North region. Teams were required to read 5 books before the competition, and on the night local author Kate Hunter asked questions on each of the books. Students then had 30 seconds to talk about each answer and write it down. Books were chosen for their range of genres, and they represented a mix of male and female main characters, as well as Australian and overseas authors.

The Gap State High School won the competition and will now move on to compete in the State finals. Despite the fact that they did not win, our team of Year 8 boys still enjoyed the opportunity to read different books and compete against other students from across the Brisbane North region.


In addition, five of our most avid younger readers participated last Wednesday in the Northern Region final for Years 6 and 7, an event which took place at Rainworth State School. There were 23 teams competing for the trophy and our boys did a sterling job, finishing 10th on the ladder. Guest author was Christine Bongers who wrote Henry Hoey Hobson, one of the books in the challenge. The other titles were Toppling, War Horse, Captain Congo and the Maharajah’s Monkey and Golden Door. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the morning after their many weeks of focused reading. Congratulations to them all for being such great representatives of the Middle School.


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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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