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Frequently asked questions

  1. Is there an award for students who participate in the challenge?
  2. My child's school is not participating in the Premier's Reading Challenge. Can my child still participate?
  3. Can students read any book they like during the challenge?
  4. How do I encourage my child to read?
  5. What activities count towards the challenge?
  6. What are the responsibilities of a PRC school coordinator?
  7. What is a reading record form?
  8. How do I complete a database record?

1. Is there an award for students who participate in the challenge?

All students who complete the Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) and have recorded this in the database will receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier. These will be sent out by the department in the first two weeks of Term 4 ready for the Celebration Weeks in November.

A Certificate of Participation template will be available for download for students who participated but did not complete the challenge.

2. My child's school is not participating in the PRC. Can my child still participate?

Absolutely! You can register your child as an individual reader. External Link

3. Can students read any book they like during the challenge?

Yes. Students should select from a range of fiction and non-fiction books suited to their ability. You may like to consult the booklist developed by Library Services or your local librarian may be able to help select books.

Consideration should be given to English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) learners and Indigenous students who may choose to read books in their first language. EAL/D learners who are learning to read for the first time should have the opportunity to engage with texts that are appropriate to their level of English.

Students with special needs or those who do not speak or read Standard Australian English at home can engage with books using any or all of the methods listed below:

4. How do I encourage my child to read?

Parents, guardians, teachers, aides, siblings, student buddies and classmates play an important role in encouraging students to develop a love of reading. Here are some ideas to help:

5. What activities count towards the challenge?

Any of the following activities can be counted towards the challenge:

6. What are the responsibilities of a PRC school coordinator?

The PRC school coordinator is the point of contact between the school and the Department of Education and Training.

It is the PRC school coordinator's responsibility to register the school and ensure all student data is recorded in the PRC database. Student data refers to class, student name and number of books read.

The PRC school coordinator is asked to distribute the reading record form to class teachers and to check all forms once the challenge closes.

7. What is a reading record form?

Each student who participates in the PRC is required to complete a reading record form available from the downloads and forms page.

Students should submit their completed reading record form to their teacher at the end of the reading period. All forms should be retained by schools and parents/guardians so that information can be verified if required.

Early childhood centres can also distribute the early childhood centre reading record form colouring in sheet.

8. How do I complete a database record?

The PRC online database is used to register and track student reading progress.

All student data must be entered in the database at the end of the challenge. This includes information from the reading record form, i.e. student name, class, gender and books read.

Once all student data has been entered, the database record needs to be finalised by clicking the 'finalise' button. More information on how to finalise will be available closer to the end date.

If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact the program manager.

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