Inter-house Reading Competition


The English department has run an inter-house reading competition for the first time this year, with the intention of improving rates  of reading for pleasure. It is a well-documented fact that children who read little and often for pleasure end up doing better in school, across all subjects, so the habit of reading is an important one to foster. On top of that, it brings great enjoyment to most people.

There was fierce competition, particularly among the younger age groups and some pockets of staff! A total of 717 books were read in 2 terms. Needwood students read 205 books, whilst Dove staff read 108 between them, resulting in an overall win for Dove. The following students were presented with book tokens for their outstanding contributions to the competition: Darcy and Izabella in the Prep School, Caitlyn, Lydia and Emily in Year 7 and Mako in Year 10 (who read some of her books in Japanese as well as a lot in English.)

Everyone is encouraged to keep reading over the summer. Younger pupils will be able to take advantage of the Summer Reading Challenge run by the Reading Agency in public libraries across the country.

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