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Joint book group encourages children to read

W03312H14 Pictured L-R Samuel Bennett,11,  Matthew Votta, 13,  Alison Burcombe, 13, and Emma Cawley-Robertson, 11

W03312H14 Pictured L-R Samuel Bennett,11, Matthew Votta, 13, Alison Burcombe, 13, and Emma Cawley-Robertson, 11

AN initiative to encourage children to read fiction has been launched at Worthing High School.

The school held its second joint book group meeting last Tuesday with eight year seven students from the Vale Middle School, in Vale Avenue, Findon Valley.

The group aims to introduce students to a range of children’s fiction and to encourage them to read ‘different and more stretching books’.

Amanda Phelan, senior librarian at Worthing High, said: “The students thought our library was fantastic and spent the first half of the visit excitedly looking around selecting books they would like to read off the shelves.

“Many went home with a long list of books to pass on to their parents.”

At the first meeting, Worthing High School pupils gave reviews of their favourite reads.

These books were then donated to the Vale Middle School library for its students to be able to read.

Debbi Daisley, book club co-ordinator, said: “We were really grateful Worthing High School offered us the opportunity.

“It’s been fantastic for the children to be in a rich library environment working with year eight and nine pupils. It’s boosted their enthusiasm and they are keen to be reading some new books.”

Mrs Phelan said the school was looking forward to the Vale School students returning after the half term to discuss adventure novel Chasing the Falconers by Gordon Korman – as well as taking part in other shared reading activities.

Year seven Vale students received goodie-bags full of pencils, bookmarks and the first joint book club read.

 

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