Prioritising primary reading for success Page Image Image CaptionStudents from Jamboree Heights State School, where reading is at the heart of learning success. Page ContentWhile developing literacy skills is a priority for most schools, students and teachers at one school definitely put reading at the heart of their learning success.At Jamboree Heights State School, students, staff and parents are well versed in the principal’s mantra – “if you can read, you will succeed”. The school has made an unwavering commitment to give every child the best possible start to becoming a confident reader, with evidence of success speaking for itself. At the launch of this year’s Premier’s Reading Challenge, students showed off their love of literacy during Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s visit to the school, where they enjoyed engaging with the book Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker. “All our teachers engage every student every day in contemporary research-based reading instruction and literacy development,” said Principal Cameron Wallace."Our investment in training and feedback, additional support staff and resources is high because we simply want every child to become capable readers who love picking up a book for any occasion.” Outside the classroom, Jamboree Heights State School students participate in many other reading activities each year such as Book Week, book fairs, National Simultaneous Reading Day and online reading competitions.Members of the school community come to school weekly to listen to children read and each child has access to the Queensland State Schools eBooks Digital Library, which provides a vast range of reading material to suit all ages and tastes.This year the school will also host its inaugural Readers and Writers Festival – an opportunity for the whole school to be further immersed with books and authors.“Reading is a life-long skill which is critical for both school life and beyond. It is essential to build these skills and a positive attitude to reading and learning from day 1 of Prep,” said Mr Wallace.The Premier’s Reading Challenge is open to all students up to Year 9 across Queensland until 23 August 2019.Visit the Reading Challenge website for information about how to participate.