After a fantastic year of reading for pleasure, we held our annual First Minister’s Reading Challenge Celebration Event on 20 June 2018 at The Hub in Edinburgh – and what a day it was! We had schools from across Scotland showcasing their best practice, a treasure hunt and photo booth to keep our young readers busy, a draw-along session with illustrator Tom Morgan Jones, along with our very special awards ceremony. At the ceremony, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon presented 9 Pupil Reading Journey prizes and we are delighted to share the winning pupils with you:
Patrycja from Bankton Primary School in West Lothian was awarded the Pupil Reading Journey – Primary 1 Award for her lovely picture of her favourite book and her description of how reading makes her feel. Commenting on her award Patrycja said: “In school, I really like to go to the library because it is so quiet and peaceful and it is nice to have calm to read.”
Primary 1/2 from Killermont Primary School in East Dunbartonshire received the Pupil Reading Journey – Primary 2 Award in recognition of their creativity in responding to the books that they had read together this year, including through a puppet show! Commenting on the award, Lindsay Duncan, Class Teacher said: “We are all very proud of our P1/2 class who have shown commitment, enthusiasm and creativity when taking part in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge…Our pupils have been inspired to discuss and share books in new ways and I am delighted their achievement has been recognised in this way.”
Primary 2/3 from Craigbank Primary School in Clackmannanshire were presented with the Pupil Reading Journey – Primary 3 Award for their pupil-led class project inspired by their class novel. Commenting on the award, Zoe Lindsay, Class Teacher said: “We are extremely proud of P2/3L and their fantastic achievement. We are passionate about inspiring a love of reading in our children as we believe that a good book can take you on the most amazing adventure…The challenge has helped raise the profile of reading across the whole school community from nursery to P7 and has included our parents and carers as well.”
Eden from Scotstoun Primary School in Glasgow won the Pupil Reading Journey – Primary 4 Award for her innovative stop motion animation which showed her changed attitude to reading. Commenting on Eden’s award Harry Stewart, Class Teacher said: “Eden was inspired to enter the challenge following various literacy initiatives at Scotstoun Primary which give children opportunities to read for pleasure as well as offering inspiration about what they read...As a school we are very proud of her achievement!”
Noah from Rosewell Primary School in Midlothian was awarded the Pupil Reading Journey – Primary 5 Award for his touching entry which explained how reading had helped him come to terms with his diabetes diagnosis and made him want to write in the future to help others going through similar experiences. Commenting on the award Noah’s Headteacher, Shona Richardson said: “We are delighted that Noah's personal achievement has been recognised. The First Minister’s Reading Challenge has allowed him to turn the challenges that he has faced this year into very positive experiences. Everyone at Rosewell Primary School is very proud of all that he has achieved.”
Primary 6B from St John’s Primary School in South Ayrshire received the Pupil Reading Journey – Primary 6 Award for their commitment to sharing the joy of reading, from a shared reading project with younger pupils to campaigning in their local community to encourage more people to use their library. Commenting on the award, Clare Casey, Class Teacher said: “We are extremely proud of our P6B pupils and their fantastic achievement. Reading for pleasure has always been a priority for our school and the First Minister’s Reading Challenge has enabled us to take this to the next level and introduce a range of activities which motivated the pupils and sustained their interest throughout the year.”
Kieran from St James’ Primary School in Renfrewshire was presented with the Pupil Reading Journey – Primary 7 Award in recognition of his transformation from a reluctant reader to someone who has developed a love of books and writing and is considering a career in journalism. Commenting on Kieran’s award, Calum Healy, Class Teacher said: “Kieran's Reading Journey encapsulates everything the First Minister’s Reading Challenge sets out to achieve, changing a non-reader into a reader. Kieran now realises the power that reading has in opening doors to his future and as his class teacher it has been a pleasure to be part of his reading journey.”
The Pupil Reading the Most Books Award was won by Zach from Kinnaird Primary School in Falkirk in the lower primary category and Ian from Liberton Primary School in Edinburgh in the upper primary category, recognising their commitment to setting aside time each day to read.
Commenting on the award Zach’s Class Teacher, Michelle Montgomery said: “Zach has always had a passion and love for reading and this has been illustrated in his reading progress during the First Minister’s Reading Challenge. Zach has imaginative and interesting ideas for his story writing, which has been developed through reading stories in class and at home with his supportive parents.” Ian’s Class Teacher Mrs L. Smith added: “Ian has a pile of books on his desk which he works his way through each day, as well as dipping in to the class library and borrowing books from other pupils. He is rarely to be found without a book or comic in his hand.”
We would like to give all of our winners our warmest congratulations and thank them for all of their fantastic work this year.