With a student population representing about 40 different nationalities, Kilberry Valley Primary School students say reading culturally diverse books helps them learn about each other.
Principal Neil Cunningham says Kilberry Valley Primary School has participated in the Premiers' Reading Challenge every year, long before he started working at the school 10 years ago. Last year, 522 students completed the challenge.
'It's been a strong part of the school culture,' Neil says. 'We've had some really passionate staff who have driven it over the years.'
Neil asked his students why we should read diverse books.
- 'So we can learn what people do in different countries,' says Sanela in Year 1.
- 'To learn about people from other countries' talents,' says Pia in Year 1.
- 'So we can make a 'text to self' connection,' says Lilly in Year 1, echoing the concepts she learned in class. In her class, teachers encourage students to talk about the connections they make between texts and their own experiences.
- 'It helps us learn about others,' says Sugresia in Year 1.
- 'To learn about different cultures and countries,' says Ella in Year 6.
- 'If we are visiting a country, we could learn about their celebrations,' says Raveen in Year 6.