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

    2017 Premier’s Reading Challenge launched

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Tuesday, May 02, 2017

    2017 Premier’s Reading Challenge launched

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today officially launched the 2017 Premier’s Reading Challenge at Bardon State School in Brisbane.

    The Premier said 2017 marked the 12th year of the challenge, which aimed to improve literacy and encourage children to read for pleasure and learning.

    “More than 165,000 young Queenslanders took part in the challenge last year reading a total of 2.24 million books, an impressive increase from 2015’s total of 150,000 students and 1.95 million books,” she said.

    “This included individual readers and participants from 900 schools and 414 early childhood centres across the state.”

    Education Minister Kate Jones read to the Year 1 and 2 composite class at today’s launch, with the young students excited to begin their reading challenge.

    Ms Jones said online registration was now open, encouraging all Queensland schools and early childhood centres to participate this year.

    “Students from state and non-state schools, as well as home-schooled students, will be busily reading for the challenge between 15 May and 25 August,” Ms Jones said.

    “The abridged participation period for children in early childhood education is Monday 14 August to Friday 25 August.”

    Bardon State School Deputy Principal Andrew Male said the school community looked forward to taking part once again in the 2017 Premier’s Reading Challenge.

    “We believe that reading is the key to unlocking students’ ability, and inspiring them to be imaginative thinkers and lifelong learners,” Mr Male said.

    Ms Jones said during the Premier’s Reading Challenge students would aim to read a minimum number of books with no limit on the maximum number.

    “Prep to Year 2 students will aim to read or experience 20 books, Years 3 to 4 students will aim to read 20 books, and Years 5 to 9 will aim to read 15 books, reflecting the longer and more challenging books read by this age group,” she said.

    “Children in early childhood centres can participate by sharing group reading experiences during the shorter allocated period.

    “Reading skills are vital to children’s success in education. Developing those skills takes active engagement from an early age.

    “The Premier’s Reading Challenge is not a competition but a way of encouraging their active engagement, setting them up for future success.”

    The 2017 Premier’s Reading Challenge is supported by Teachers Union Health, QSuper, QT Mutual Bank and RACQ, Queensland Ballet, Booktopia and The Courier-Mail.

    More information on the 2017 Premier’s Reading Challenge is available at www.education.qld.gov.au/schools/readingchallenge/

    Media Contact:

    Premier's Office:                Geoff Breusch    0417 272 875

    Minister Jones' Office:        Emma Clarey     0437 069 516