Literacy awareness key to Read for Australia success

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  • Minister for Education
  • Leader of the House

The students of Highbury Primary School in Hope Valley, South Australia have taken part in Read for Australia with the help of Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP.

This year’s Read for Australia activity involved a simultaneous reading of Aaron Blabey’s children’s book, Sunday Chutney at schools all around the country at 2pm.

Across Australia parents, teachers, students and school community members were invited to take part in the reading activity to help celebrate National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW).

“As a parent of school-aged children, one of the greatest pleasures in my life is being able to take time to read with my kids, and I’m sure that’s the same for a vast majority of Australian families,” Mr Pyne said.

“The chance to contribute today in some small way to the Read for Australia activity was great, and I hope countless other schools around the country got as much enjoyment out of it as we did here at Highbury Primary.”

Mr Pyne said the successful Read for Australia activity highlights the government’s commitment to involving parents in their children’s education.

“This government recognises wholeheartedly the importance of engaging parents in their child’s school life, and today’s activity was a wonderful example of how we are working to bring that all together,” he said.

Reading activities weren’t the only events on the calendar today as NLNW Numeracy Ambassador Simon Pampena visited Flemington Primary School in Melbourne to perform one of his widely renowned mathematics shows.

“This week is a national celebration of learning and I hope having Simon display his incredible talents and enthusiasm for maths will inspire students to go on to achieve great things in the field of mathematics,” Mr Pyne said.

Earlier in the Week, well-known children’s author Alison Lester led NLNW reading activities with the students of St Michael’s Catholic Primary School in Berwick, Victoria, as part of her role as the 2014 Literacy Ambassador.

National Literacy and Numeracy Week, which runs until 31 August, is part of the Australian Government’s Students First approach, focussing on four key areas that will make a difference to students:

• teacher quality
• school autonomy
• parental engagement
• strengthening the curriculum.

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