On 18 May this year I attended the Warracknabeal Primary School to talk with students, teachers and support staff on the importance of the Premier’s reading challenge. The day was a celebration of what reading brings to all of us as individuals, as well as the ongoing development of a mature and democratic society. It was also an opportunity to congratulate the students involved in the Premier’s reading challenge — nearly 100 students, which is twice the number as this time last year.
I was joined by David Metzenthen, a well-known author of children’s books. David’s books are very well known at Warracknabeal Primary School, and it was a wonderful opportunity for students to spend quality time with David throughout the day.
Congratulations to all students involved, Mr Don Wallis, the principal, and Carolyn Bergen, the coordinator of the reading challenge. I know Ms Darveniza and Ms Broad, members for Northern Victoria Region, are looking forward to visiting the school and seeing the many names, and names with stars, along the corridor outside the library — living testimonies to the ongoing success of the Premier’s reading challenge.