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Getting Boys Reading

Thursday 25th November 2010

 

Last week saw an exciting event where over seventy boys from schools across the Borough, together with their families, friends and teachers, filled the hall at St. Thomas More Catholic Upper School. The event took place to celebrate the ‘Get Boys Reading’ initiative, which has been operating in St. Gregory’s, Beauchamp, Goldington and Newnham Middle Schools.

 

The Get Boys Reading programme is a borough-wide initiative which aims to improve boys’ attitudes to reading and to raise their achievement, as well as promoting reading as an enjoyable, rewarding pastime.

 

Each boy received a ‘Get Boys Reading’ certificate for one of the following categories; participation, excellence, endeavour or progression.  The certificates were presented by Chris Hilliard, Executive Director for Children’s Services, Schools and Families for Bedford Borough Council.

 

Cllr David Sawyer, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Improving standards of reading is critical if children are to be able to access the whole school curriculum. Reading skills enhance overall standards of achievement and attainment and I would like to add my personal congratulations to all the children involved in this successful event.”

 

Certificates of Merit were also presented to the children from Goldington Green Lower School for writing, editing and producing their own newspaper, ‘The Goldington Gleaner’ as part of their Black History Month celebrations. The Children read out a selection of articles from their newspaper and Sixth Form students from St. Thomas More Catholic Upper School read a varied selection of poetry and prose.

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