Kindy kids close out Premier’s Reading Challenge with a twist

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The Premier’s Reading Challenge draws to a close today with C&K West End kindy kids taking part in an innovative Queensland Ballet workshop combining storytelling and movement.  

Education Minister Grace Grace joined the kindy children for the ballet company’s creative presentation of the book Dreamers, writtenby Ezekiel Kwaymullina and illustrated by Sally Morgan.

“What a lovely way to interpret the Premier’s Reading Challenge — turning a book written and illustrated by two prominent Indigenous artists into a playful performance before our very eyes,” Ms Grace said.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to ensuring our youngest Queenslanders have a great start in life and making sure the early years count.

“The Premier’s Reading Challenge has been running for 13 years, with the goal to get kids excited about engaging with books and to develop a love of reading.

“Play-based learning is essential and joining reading and play in this Queensland Ballet workshop is incredibly creative and innovative, and greatly beneficial for all the children involved.”

Director of C&K West End Community Kindergarten Skye Goldney said the workshop was a special experience for the children at the kindergarten.

“It is so important to develop and nurture a child’s love of books and children learn through hands-on experiences,” Ms Goldney said.

“This opportunity gave them a chance to experience storytelling in a unique, tangible and very beautiful way thanks to the Queensland Ballet.”

Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin said the company was proud of its ongoing support of the Premier’s Reading Challenge and passionate about giving back to the community through dance.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Queensland Government on this important literacy program and to bring a different perspective to an education initiative,” Mr Li said.

“We have always been passionate about the positive impact ballet can have on communities and that its impact goes well beyond the stage.

“This is a perfect example of how the arts can enhance learning outcomes, and how movement and creative interpretation builds on learning and makes it more accessible.”

The Premier’s Reading Challenge is not a competition, but sets goals to read or experience 15 to 20 books depending on the student’s age and reading level.

Premier’s Reading Challenge participants have until 7 September to update their reading data online.

Schools and early childhood centres with 100 per cent participation will go into the draw to win a selection of prizes from the program’s sponsors.

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Queensland Government, Department of Education and Training :
PO Box 15033, City East Qld 4002, Brisbane
07 3237 0111
Queensland Government, Department of Education and Training
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