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20 Jun 2019
The First Minister's Reading Challenge

This year pupils in school across Scotland were invited to enter the First Minister's Reading Challenge and tell everyone about their 2018-2019 reading journey. Rebecca (RX) supported by myself, sent in an entry to the Scottish Book Trust detailing her reading journey throughout the year. Rebecca's first language is German and up until joining us in August 2018 she had never read a book written in English before. Rebecca has now read in excess of 24 books and her attention to detail both in her writing and illustrations within her FMRC Reading Passport are fantastic!

Shortly after Rebecca's entry was sent in to the Scottish Book Trust, I received a call from Sarah Mallon to share the wonderful news that Rebecca's had been selected as the P7 Winner for Scotland and was invited to join the other school winners at an event at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on Monday 10th June.  Sadly, Rebecca was unable to attend the prize giving ceremony on the day. However, her good friend Grace agreed to accompany me to Glasgow to collect the award on her behalf.

On the day the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had made a video for everyone to watch. She congratulated all the winners, teachers, librarians and supporting adults. She then spoke about reading for pleasure and how much she enjoys reading. The Mental Health Minister, Claire Haughey gave a short speech. She and visiting author Ross Mackenzie then handed out awards to all the school children. 

Here are some photographs taken on the day... 

Mental Health Minister Claire HaugheyIMG 1689 2Group Pic of winnersGrace prior to awardsGrace Newman with RKs AWARDSAuthor presenting awards Ross Mackenzie


Miss Lorna Barr
Lower School Librarian

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