On Wednesday 29 May, five Primary students represented the College at the Year 5/6 Sunshine Coast Regional Readers Cup Competition at Immanuel Lutheran College. The Readers Cup is organised by the Queensland Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia and is a state wide competition for young readers that challenges students to read widely, work collaboratively in a team and continue developing their love of reading. This year a record number of teams have registered with 739 teams taking part in regions across Queensland.
This year the Year 5/6 team competed against 28 other teams by answering quiz questions from four novels and one picture book. Following Round 3 the GCC team was announced in the Top 5 and they finished an impressive 4th place overall at the end of the competition. Congratulations Chelsea Brown and Isabella Buckland from Year 5, and Aimee Cullen, Elizabeth Walters and Charles Atkinson from Year 6. We commend the teams’ commitment to prepare and compete in the competition and for showcasing their passion for reading. Here are some highlights from the team members:
Chelsea – It was so fun! It was definitely challenging, but just having fun and trying our best, that’s all that counts. Having author Peter Carnavas there was great. If you can read, you can be in the Reader’s Cup. I strongly recommend it for any future competitors!
Isabella – It was an incredible experience. I loved the tension and how exciting it was when they announced the Top 5. When we heard that we were in the Top 5 it was quite unexpected and a great surprise. If you can read, you can be in the Readers Cup!
Elizabeth – It was amazing! I loved trying to recall facts and taking on the challenge as a team.
Charles – It was a good day, especially with author Peter Carnavas. It’s a great team event that helped us work together really well and it paid off, with us coming fourth. Great work team!
Aimee – Best Thing: Half a day off school? NO! I loved the tension and having Peter Carnavas as MC was awesome. It was a great experience and our amazing team made it a brilliant day. Thank you Mrs McKellar for all your hard work behind the scenes and most importantly to the parents who encouraged us the whole way!
Vanessa McKellar, Head of Library Services