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QSuper’s annual Top 5 Book Challenge saw a record number of entries this year, with students all over Queensland telling us about their favourite books. Clearly Queensland students continue to love reading.
We’re thrilled to announce this year’s winners – Year 7 student Zachary Lovett from Robina State High School, and a group of five avid readers from Fitzgerald State School in Mackay.
By giving us insight into the books they love, the winners received an exclusive writing workshop for their class, delivered by celebrated children’s author Brian Falkner.
Fitzgerald State School, which already boasts a number of activities to encourage a love for reading within their student group, eagerly looked forward to the workshop.
Year 2 teacher and writing coach, Helen Ebert, said reading culture was strong across the school and the students loved learning the tips and tricks of writing from an award-winning author.
“We’re really grateful to QSuper for the opportunity to enter the competition. It’s great to see reading and writing being valued within the community.”
Robina State High School teacher, Bruce McFarlane, said reading was a huge focus as part of the school’s curriculum to equip students for all types of learning, and believed reading and literacy to be paramount, no matter what the subject.
There were 448 individual entries in this year’s Top 5 Book Challenge from across 102 Queensland schools.
Entries show book series are highly popular among students in years 2 to 6. The Harry Potter series is still a favourite receiving the highest number of nominations in this year’s challenge even though the first book was published in 1997.
Vietnamese-born Australian author Ahn Do’s three-part series, Weir Do, Ninja Kid and Wolf Girl, were also popular, with a combined total of 64 nominations.
QSuper CEO Michael Pennisi commended Fitzgerald State School and Robina State High School on winning this year’s Top 5 Book challenge.
“With a record number of entries this year, it’s fantastic to see Queensland students take a widespread interest in reading and literacy,” he said.
"We were very impressed by the submissions received from the winning students at both schools and we’re pleased the workshops were delivered to schools with an embedded passion for reading.
“QSuper is committed to supporting Queensland education and supporting the amazing work of all Queensland teachers.”
QSuper’s Top 5 Book Challenge is delivered in partnership with the Premier’s Reading Challenge. 905 schools and 318 centres took part in the 2020 Premier’s Reading Challenge, with 161,000 Queensland children reading more than 2.23 million books.
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