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Chailey School Keeps Up Its Great Work for Readathon

20 June 2013 at 10:29

Chailey School's Y7 Readathon readersChailey School has just completed its ninth Readathon in a row, bringing its grand total of sponsorship over the years to nearly £2,500. 

13 students in Year 7 read 85 books and raised over £325 between them with just two weeks of simply reading for pleasure.

Chailey School's two top Y7 Readathon readersThe school gave prizes of boxes of chocolates for the pupil who read the most and the pupil who raised the most money, and all the students who took part were awarded official Readathon certificate.

"Chailey School is really pleased to be involved in this worthwhile annual event and are grateful to all the parents and community for their support," says Mrs Heather Duck, who has kindly organised the last seven of the school's Readathon.

Readathon is now an annual fixture in the Chailey School calendar - they've already ordered their free resource pack for Spring Term 2014!

Would you like to see your school's Readathon success story on this website? Just email your photos and brief details to Debbie at the Readathon office

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Talbot Heath School Celebrates Another Successful Readathon

18 June 2013 at 10:52

Top Readathon readers at Talboth Heath SchoolIn an aeroplane, on the beach, in the bath and even up a tree… the girls in Upper 3 at Talboth Heath School in Bournemouth have been reading at every opportunity to help raise as much money as possible for Readathon.

"The 43 girls in the year group read over 300 books between them and raised nearly £900," reports the school's official Readathon organiser, Claire Boyington. 

As always the English faculty recognized individual achievements by giving three kinds of award: best fundraising, most books read and most literary books read. Each prizewinner received a Waterstones token and a certificate. More information is available on their school website. 

Talbot Heath is an independent girls' school in Bournemouth, Dorset for primary and secondary pupils.

Related news:

Next academic year, Readathon will be providing two £5 book tokens to every school raising more than £50, thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens.

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Ballyclare School Presents Readathon Cheque to CLIC Sargent

25 January 2013 at 11:27

Ballyclare Secondary School presents Readathon cheque to local CLIC Sargent repOn the spot in Northern Ireland to collect Ballyclare Secondary School's fabulous Readathon cheque this term was Fionnuala Savage of CLIC Sargent.

At the end of last year Ballyclare Secondary School took part in its second sponsored Readathon Challenge. Pupils in Years 8, 9 and 10 were given the opportunity to read throughout all of their English classes for one week. All pupils were asked to raise as much money as possible for three worthy causes: CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading children’s cancer charity, Roald Dahl Marvellous Children’s Charity, supporting children with neurological and blood disorders, and ReadWell, taking free books and storytellers into children's hospitals to make young patients' lives better.

"Congratulations to all the pupils in years 8,9 and 10 for your diligence in collecting sponsorship money from family and friends - well done to everyone inolved!" said Fionnuala, pictured here with Mrs Bell (Principal) with Ella Cooke and Peter Allen (Year 8 students).

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Small Scottish School Sets Great Example

28 March 2012 at 09:58

Clachan Primary School holding its Readathon nightClachan Primary School, a small rural school in Scotland, came up with a great new idea for Readathon this term. It decided to hold its sponsored read on the Friday evening after World Book Day so that the whole village could come along to join in the fun.

Children, parents, staff and other members of the local community were invited to bring in their favourite book to share from 7pm until midnight. The celebrations culminated in a midnight feast! By charging admission, the reading event raised an impressive £59 for Readathon and earned the school enough free book tokens to buy several new books for its library.

"It was a great literacy experience!" reports Mrs Catherine Black, Acting Head Teacher.

It just goes to show that you don't have to be a big school to have big ideas - or to hold a successful and memorable Readathon! Congratulations to everyone who helped make Clachan Primary School's Readathon such a great success.

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Roald Dahl voted children's favourite author

13 March 2012 at 10:02

Roald Dahl portrait by Quentin BlakeReadathon's former Chairman Roald Dahl has been voted favourite children's author in a survey by the Teachit Primary website. Joint second were current Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson and JK Rowling. Julia Donaldson's "The Gruffalo" was voted best children's book.

All of these authors feature frequently on the lists of books chosen by primary school children for their Readathon sponsored read. Some especially prolific readers have even volunteered to read all of Roald Dahl's children's books or the complete Harry Potter series.

But Readathon participants are not obliged to read on this scale. Our sponsored reading scheme - the only UK national sponsored reading event - is designed to be accessible to readers of all ranges of ability. 

"With Readathon, each child chooses their own reading material," explains Brough Girling, Readathon founder. "For some children, especially struggling or reluctant readers, completing just one book of any kind will be a real achievement. But the most important thing about Readathon is that it makes them realise that reading is fun. This encourages them to read for pleasure, a habit proven to provide substantial lifelong benefits."

Tags: primary school | reading | reluctant readers | struggling readers

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King Street School pushes the boat out for Readathon

28 September 2011 at 12:38

King Street's The children of King Street Primary School in Spennymoor, County Durham, had great fun with their first ever Readathon, which captured the imagination of them all.  They even decided to donate to Readathon the proceeds of their special Fair Trade Day, organised by the school's "R Team" (pictured).

The "R Team" is short for "The Rights Respecting Team", who are putting into place a UNICEF initiative to put children's rights at the heart of school life.  

"Congratulations to all the King Street children who read for Readathon and a big thank you to the R Team as well," says Brough Girling, Readathon founder.  "Your school library's 'reading boat' looks a great place to curl up with a book!"

King Street Primary School has since gained their Level 1 Rights Respecting School Award from UNICEF - a fabulous achievement.

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Readathon founder launches Hawkesbury Primary School's sponsored read

27 September 2011 at 12:47

Brough Girling launches Readathon at Hawkesbury Primary SchoolHawkesbury Primary School in South Gloucestershire enjoyed a memorable launch for its recent Readathon with a visit from the charity’s founder and children’s author, Brough Girling.

Brough spent time in each classroom, reading stories, telling jokes and answering their questions about what it’s like to write books.  

In assembly, Brough entertained staff and children alike with anecdotes about his friend Roald Dahl, Readathon’s first chairman. The children were particularly intrigued by Dahl’s boyhood encounter with Beatrix Potter.

“The free books from Readathon are especially welcome as we are working hard to expand and modernize our Infant and Junior Libraries in the face of substantial budget cuts,” says Mrs Louise Lewis, Head Teacher.

“We are also keen to demonstrate to our pupils that reading and writing are lifelong pleasures of equal interest and value to boys and girls, so a visit by a male author was really constructive. We love supporting children’s charities too.

“I recommend Readathon to any school that wants to enthuse their pupils about reading, to build their library stocks and to find a different way of raising money for charity. With Readathon, everybody wins.”

Brough Girling also enjoyed his visit.

“What a lovely village school!” he remarked.

“The wonderful thing about schools and young people, is that even in today’s economic climate, they are still eager to raise money for those less fortunate than themselves,” he says. 

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Readathon gives free books to schools worth over £100,000

10 August 2011 at 15:59

Primary school children enjoy their school libraryReadathon, in partnership with Scholastic Book Clubs, has given over £100,000 worth of free books to its participating schools this year. 

As school budgets come under increasing pressure, and libraries across the country face closure, the new offer of free books to schools taking part in Readathon could not have come at a better time. 

In league with Scholastic Book Clubs, we have helped schools get the latest titles, providing even more reading opportunities for children.

Happy reading, everyone! 

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