Local students have once again taken on the challenge to read more books than ever before in the 2015 Premiers’ Reading Challenge.

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

State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley MP was today joined by the former Premier of Victoria, John Brumby at Kilberry Valley Primary and Hillsmeade Primary School to congratulate students on their outstanding efforts.

Kilberry Valley Primary School had 624 students complete the challenge and an extraordinary 85 students who read more than 100 books while Hillsmeade Primary School had 52 students complete the challenge and 7 students who read more than 50 books.

Once again every single student in Ms Patricia Thomas’ Grade 5 class at Kilberry Valley Primary School read more than 100 books.

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

“Each and every year we see our local schools going above and beyond to encourage a love of reading in their students,”

“Kilberry Valley Primary has yet again led the way and as always Ms Thomas’ students have achieved the remarkable feat of reading more than 100 books each,”

“I am just so pleased to see so many students at both Kilberry Valley and Hillsmeade Primary Schools discovering the joys of reading for themselves.”

Quotes attributable to Former Premier John Brumby

“The Premier’s Reading Challenge is an excellent opportunity for children throughout the state to develop their love of reading,”

“Since its inception Victorian students have read more than 32 million books as part of the challenge. That’s why Victoria is the reading capital of Australia.”

“Ms Graley is a great supporter of the Premier’s Reading Challenge and we both encourage all students to keep reading throughout the summer holidays.”

Quotes attributable to Ms Patricia Thomas

“The students love participating in the challenge and are so proud of their achievements,”

“From a teacher’s point of view, it is very encouraging to see such a remarkable improvement in the reading skills of our students,”

“We are just so very proud of the students’ success with the Premiers’ Reading Challenge.”