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Premier's Reading Challenge 2017


​Dear Parents and Guardians

I am delighted to invite all Benowa State High School students in Years 7 to 9 to join in the 2017 Premier’s Reading Challenge.

Reading plays an important part in students’ lives during their school years and beyond.
It allows children to actively engage their imagination and opens up a world of educational opportunities.

Last year, an outstanding 165,000 students from 900 schools took part in the challenge reading a total of 2.24 million books, an impressive rise from 1.95 million in 2015.

The reading period for the 2017 Premier's Reading Challenge commences on Monday, 15 May and closes Friday, 25 August.

This year the Premier has challenged all state and non-state school students from Prep to Year 2 to read or experience 20 books, Years 3 and 4 to read 20 books and Years 5 to 9 to read 15 books. Experiencing books can include shared reading, listening to stories, or reading picture books. The aim for the 2017 challenge is engage more students than ever before.

Students wishing to take part in this year’s challenge can register by talking to their class teacher or to Mr Brenden Ballinger our school’s Premier’s Reading Challenge coordinator.

Every student who completes the challenge will receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier.  Students who participate but don’t complete the challenge receive a Certificate of Participation from the school. It will be my great pleasure to present these certificates during the Premier’s Reading Challenge celebration weeks to be held 6 – 17 November 2017.

For more information about the Premier’s Reading Challenge, please visit:

You can play a big part in your children’s future by encouraging them to be part of this positive initiative.   

I look forward to seeing as many of our students as possible embrace the 2017 Premier’s Reading Challenge.

Yours sincerely


Mark Rickard

Executive Principal