Champion readers at Kilberry Valley Primary School were recognised by two very special guests earlier this week.

State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley MP was joined by the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews and his wife Catherine Andrews who visited the school to congratulate students for completing the Premiers’ Reading Challenge.

An extraordinary 145 students read more than 100 books and received a special award from the Premier, along with a book for their own collection.

Catherine and the Premier were also interviewed on the school’s very own television show “Kilberry Live” and answered some hard hitting questions from the talented presenters.

Now in its twelfth year, the Challenge aims to promote a love of reading and encourages students to read broadly.

Quotes attributable to State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley MP

“Yet again the students at Kilberry Valley Primary School have excelled with 145 students reading more than 100 books,”

“I know that the Premier and Catherine were so very impressed with our budding bookworms and all that they have achieved this year,”

“They have worked so very hard, reading so much more than the rest of us and it will no doubt prepare them for bigger and better things next year,”

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“It’s fantastic to see how students are getting behind the reading challenge – this year more than 200 thousand students from over 3000 schools took part.”

“Developing a love for reading helps give kids the best start in life so they can reach their full potential.

Quotes attributable to Principal of Kilberry Valley Primary School, Mr Neil Cunningham

“For the past 12 years, students at Kilberry Valley Primary School have participated in the Premiers’ Reading Challenge and each year they have gone from strength to strength.”

“From a Principal’s point of view, I am always keen to see our students setting high targets for themselves and witnessing a sense of great pride and joy as these are achieved.

“As always, I am very proud of every student who participated, and particularly congratulate the 145 students who read more than 100 books this year.”

“We were delighted that the Premier Daniel Andrews chose to visit our school to recognise this achievement and I am sure this will be remembered as a special day for our students, staff and parents.”