Year 4 students read to Kindergarten at St Catherine's during the Australian Reading Hour
18 October 2018

Take the time to read!

Australian Reading Hour is a national initiative to encourage all Australians, children and adults, to stop what they're doing for one hour and pick up a book. For children, reading has been shown to help with identity formation, setting them up for success in the future. For adults, reading has been shown to reduce stress by 68 per cent –​​ more than listening to music, going for a walk or having a cup of tea. Reading a gripping novel causes positive biological changes in the brain that can last for days. Research has proven that reading to children every day, puts them almost a year ahead of those not​ being​​ read to.

The junior school girls love their books and jumped at the chance to take the time to read for one hour. We even had some classes reading for longer and asking to do it again every day! Our classes celebrated Reading Hour in a variety of ways. Year 6 visited Kindergarten to share stories with them. A number of classes brought in bean bags, cushions and soft toys from home to enhance their reading experience. Audio books and Storybox were also popular ways to share stories. Common to all classes though was the joy of getting lost in great books for an entire hour! 

We are already looking forward to Reading Hour 2019!

Miss Lizzy Martin
 Junior School Teacher Librarian​