Thousands of Northern Victorian Prep to Year 10 students have embraced a challenge set by Premier Daniel Andrews to read more books, Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, said today.

Ms Symes congratulated the 60 schools and 2471 students in Northern Victoria who participated in the 2015 Premiers’ Reading Challenge.

Ms Symes said the Challenge, now in its 11th year, asks all students in Years 3 to 10 to read 15 books or more by September 14. For students in Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 the challenge is to read or ‘experience’ 30 books by September 14.


Ms Symes said more than 204,100 participants from 2,800 schools, early childhood settings and homes took up the Challenge in 2015, reading nearly four million books.


“I congratulate the 60 schools and particularly the 2471 students on their efforts so far and encourage them to keep reading,” Ms Symes said.


“It’s great to see students at these schools taking up the challenge with such vigour and enthusiasm.


“As a parent of two young children I know the importance of reading for them, it is an essential life skill and the Challenge encourages students to discover the joys of reading and explore new concepts and ideas.”

Students who complete the Challenge will receive a signed certificate from Mr Andrews and former Premiers.


Schools which took part in the Challenge included:


Baranduda Primary School BARANDUDA
Belvoir Wodonga Special Developmental School WODONGA
Catholic College Wodonga WODONGA
Chiltern Primary School CHILTERN
Falls Creek Primary School FALLS CREEK
Melrose Primary School WODONGA
Middle Indigo Primary School INDIGO VALLEY
Osbornes Flat Primary School OSBORNES FLAT
Sacred Heart School CORRYONG
Tallangatta Valley Primary School TALLANGATTA VALLEY
Trinity Anglican College, Wodonga BARANDUDA
Walwa Primary School WALWA
Wodonga Primary School WODONGA
Wodonga Senior Secondary College WODONGA
Wodonga South Primary School WODONGA
Wodonga West Primary School WODONGA
Yackandandah Primary School YACKANDANDAH
Arthurs Creek Primary School ARTHURS CREEK
Dixons Creek Primary School DIXONS CREEK
Don Valley Primary School DON VALLEY
Jamieson Primary School JAMIESON
Kangaroo Ground Primary School KANGAROO GROUND
Kinglake West Primary School KINGLAKE WEST
Launching Place Primary School LAUNCHING PLACE
Middle Kinglake Primary School KINGLAKE CENTRAL
Panton Hill Primary School PANTON HILL
St Joseph’s School YARRA JUNCTION
Strathewen Primary School STRATHEWEN
Warburton Primary School WARBURTON
Colbinabbin Primary School COLBINABBIN
Euroa Primary School EUROA
Kilmore Primary School KILMORE
Peranbin Primary College VIOLET TOWN
Redesdale Mia Mia Primary School REDESDALE
St Joseph’s School BENALLA
Tallarook Primary School TALLAROOK
Cobram and District Specialist School COBRAM
Cobram Anglican Grammar School COBRAM
Cobram Primary School COBRAM
Cobram Secondary College COBRAM
Galen Catholic College WANGARATTA
Invergordon Primary School INVERGORDON
Myrtleford P-12 College MYRTLEFORD
Porepunkah Primary School POREPUNKAH
Sacred Heart College YARRAWONGA
Sacred Heart Primary School YARRAWONGA
St Joseph’s School COBRAM
St Mary’s School MYRTLEFORD
Tungamah Primary School TUNGAMAH
Wangaratta Primary School WANGARATTA
Whitfield District Primary School WHITFIELD
Yarrawonga College P-12 YARRAWONGA
Yarrunga Primary School WANGARATTA
Katandra West Primary School KATANDRA WEST
McGuire College SHEPPARTON
Mooroopna Park Primary School MOOROOPNA
Mooroopna Secondary College MOOROOPNA
Orrvale Primary School ORRVALE
Sacred Heart School TATURA
Strathmerton Primary School STRATHMERTON