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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism and Major Events
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    114,000 students meet Premier’s Reading Challenge

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism and Major Events
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016

    114,000 students meet Premier’s Reading Challenge

    More than 114,000 Queensland students recently completed the 2016 Premier’s Reading Challenge, breaking last year’s record. 

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was a very encouraging outcome, reflecting the love children and students have for good books and literature.

    “This year Queensland children read or experienced a total of 2.24 million books during the three month overall reading period, breaking last year’s record of 1.95 million books read,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “This state-wide initiative is open to state and non-state school students and home-educated students up to Year 9, as well as children aged up to five years enrolled in an early childhood centre, and individual home readers.

    “It aims to improve literacy and encourage children to engage in reading for pleasure and learning.

    “This is the 11th year of the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

    “This year’s record of 2.24 million books completed brings the total number of books read over the life of the challenge to more than 12 million.

    “More than 1300 schools and early childhood centres across Queensland took part, including 900 schools and 414 early childhood centres.

    “We now want to recognise and reward the efforts of the students and children who completed the challenge, and recognise and reward the 160,000-plus Queensland students who registered.

    Education Minister, Kate Jones said the challenge is not a competition but the ultimate goal is to encourage participation and open children’s minds to the pleasure of reading.

    “Children and students who complete the challenge receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier, and students who participate but do not complete the challenge are eligible for a Certificate of Participation.

    “The Premier’s Reading Challenge Celebration Weeks will be held 7 to 18 November – schools and early childhood centres have been encouraged to hold ceremonies to present participants with certificates during this time.

    “Thank you to the Reading Challenge sponsors including Teachers’ Union Health, QSuper, QT Mutual Bank, The Courier Mail, Booktopia and Queensland Ballet,” Ms Jones said.