Primary Students Ready For Premiers’ Reading Challenge 2016

Primary Students Ready For Premiers’ Reading Challenge 2016

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews

Victoria Minister for Education James Merlino

Carisbrook Primary Students Help Kick Off Premiers’ Reading Challenge

Victor P Taffa

Thousands of young regional Victorians are preparing to rise to the challenge to read more books.

Premier Daniel Andrews today joined keen readers at Carisbrook Primary School to kick off the Premiers’ Reading Challenge 2016 in regional Victoria.

In 2015, more than 204,100 participants from 2,800 schools, early childhood settings and homes across Victoria took up the Challenge, reading nearly 4 Million books.

“When a child opens a book, they open their eyes to the world and that’s precisely what the Premier’s Reading Challenge is all about.” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“It’s great to meet so many keen readers at Carisbrook Primary who are taking up the Premiers’ Reading Challenge in 2016.”

To complete the Challenge, students in Years 3-10 need to read 15 books or more in the 6 months from March to September. For students in Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 the challenge is to read or experience 30 books.

Children who have not yet started school are challenged to read or experience 40 books with the help of their families. The Challenge is an important literacy initiative that encourages more children and young people to read more often.


VIC Premier Daniel Andrews

VIC Premier Daniel Andrews









A key Education State target is to increase the number of Year 5 and Year 9 students reaching the highest levels of achievement in reading by 25 % and the Challenge will help meet that goal.

Carisbrook Primary received equity funding of $321,546 this year, an increase of $223,997 compared to 2015. This equates to an extra $800 per student. Carisbrook Primary is using this extra funding to improve literacy and ensure that the oral language skills of Preps and Year 1 students are developing well.

“The Andrews Government is building the Education State, and ensuring every Victorian child gets the chance at a great education.” Minister for Education James Merlino said.

“I wish all participants in this year’s Challenge the best of luck in not only meeting their goals but also discovering a few great books along the way.”

VIC Minister for Education James Merlino

VIC Minister for Education James Merlino









This increase is part of the State Government’s Education State initiative which provides an extra $566 Million to help schools and improve student outcomes.

Equity funding increased on average by $437 per student across regional Victoria, in comparison to $209 in metropolitan Melbourne.