Premier’s Reading Challenge

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Year 7 boys completing the AHL Library's Wide Reading Programme

This ought to have been the week that we presented the boys of the Middle School with their Premier’s Reading Challenge certificates at Quad Assembly, but unfortunately the weather had other ideas. As a result, the boys were handed their certificates during their House Meetings and missed out on being congratulated by the whole school.

The Premier’s Reading Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students. It’s not a competition, but a challenge to read widely and it’s open to all students from Kindergarten to Year 9. Boys receive a gold certificate once they have completed the challenge four times; a platinum certificate once they have completed it seven times; and a Premier’s Reading Challenge Medal if they complete the challenge every year from Year 3 to Year 9.

We’re delighted to announce that a total of 37 Trinity boys received either a certificate or a medal. What makes this such an impressive achievement is that these boys would have had to complete at least one challenge during remote learning.

Twenty two boys received a Gold Certificate: Kamile Abwi; Bailin Ashcroft; Finn Canadas; Dominic Chen; Samedh Chirravuri; Izaiah Constanti; Benjamin De Lany; Geronimo Devitt; Benjamin El-Hayek; Jolyon Gadiel; Luca Gerbino; Tomas Keomanivong; Thomas Ko; Marc Licenblat; Benjamin Loughnan; Nicholas Servos; Aaron Siva; James Stylianou; Hugo Tsai; Joshua Vuong; Charlie Yao; and Aston Youssef.

Twelve boys received a Platinum Certificate: Jack Castles; Makoto Chapman; Hesham Eid; Kobe Harb; Remy Humphreys; Daniel Jones; Jet Ma; Layth Nazha; Matthew Nurcombe; Jayden Rodger; William Saunders; and Oliver Tucker.

And most impressively of all, three boys were awarded a Premier’s Reading Challenge Medal: Daniel Douehi; Dylan Ritchley; and Cristiano Savoca.

Given that recent research shows that having books in the home gives children more academic advantage than having a university educated father (Evan et al., 2010), we hope that all these boys continue to borrow as many books as they can carry for what remains of their time at Trinity.

“There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away.” – Emily Dickinson

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