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Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds at TGS

“Reading makes you powerful for life.” – Mr Scott Campbell, Head of Junior School.
The magic of reading became reality for the Toowoomba Grammar Junior School on Thursday, 26 August as we celebrated Book Week “Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds” with our dress up and doorways.

Staff and students spend hours turning their classrooms into a magical wonderland based on popular books the students have read this year.

“Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds” is the year’s theme for the nationally-celebrated Book Week but Toowoomba Grammar School students certainly don’t need Book Week to step into another world of reading.

The School has numerous strategies in place to ensure both Junior and Senior School students are exposed to reading and that they understand the benefits of enjoying a good book.

Research shows that learning to read is one of the most important factors in school success and that an early exposure to books and stories substantially contributes to success in early literacy.  There are strong links between literacy, school performance, self-esteem and life chances with poor literacy skills being linked with lower education, earnings, health and social outcomes, according to Better Beginnings, Literacy and Reading.

But we’re on the right track, with an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare study showing that the national minimum standard for reading for Year 5 students increased from 91% in 2008 to 95% in 2018.

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that 44% of Australian adults don’t have the literacy skills they need to cope with the demands of everyday life and work.

Reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for building the skills and knowledge necessary for children to successfully learn to read; children who are good readers are usually successful learners. It’s a vital part of the Toowoomba Grammar School curriculum with dedicated reading sessions every week.