Students at Maiden Gully Primary School were rewarded for their efforts in the Premier’s Reading Challenge with a visit yesterday by popular Australian author John Marsden.
Marsden, known for his series Tomorrow, When the War Began, held a reading and writing session with 60 grade 5 and 6 students. Teacher Julie South said Marsden talked to the students about how they could improve their writing.
“He talked about how to make something that sounds dull and boring into something that was active and exciting,” she said.
The author also donated his entire collection of books to the school, and every student got a copy of Tomorrow, When the War Began.
Ms South said a high percentage of students took part in the reading challenge and Marsden’s session was a reward for all their hard work.
“Some students are in the 100 club, where they have read more than 100 books.”
In the Premier’s Reading Challenge students from grade 3 to year 10 aim to read 15 books by September 10.