Gloucester High School and the Indigenous Reading Project

In the program: Jack Yarnold, Alarni Longbottom, Sharla Gammage, Cameron Turner and Brooke Turner. Photo: Anne Keen
In the program: Jack Yarnold, Alarni Longbottom, Sharla Gammage, Cameron Turner and Brooke Turner. Photo: Anne Keen

The test results are in and five Gloucester High School (GHS) students have been chosen to take part in the 12 week Indigenous Reading Project (IRP).

Year seven and eight students Jack Yarnold, Alarni Longbottom, Sharla Gammage, Cameron Turner and Brooke Turner have been set the challenge of increasing their reading skills over the next three months.

The project is designed to help lift comprehension, fluency and overall time spent reading by loaning selected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a device which gives them access to a library, so they can read anytime.

Schools are encouraged to identify students who are needing a little extra support with their reading skills and who are wanting to make improvement.

All five students are excited about being a part of the program and are looking forward to increasing their test results.

Each student was given a series of tests around literacy and after showing that there is area for improvement, the students were accepted into the program.

Gloucester High learning and support teacher, Margo Cameron handed out the tablets to the students and explained the program to them in order for them to start reading as of Friday, July 28.

They will be monitored over the next 12 weeks and if they continue to actively read, they can stay in the program.

At the end of the 12 weeks, the students will be tested again and, along with feedback from their parents, they will be assessed.

If there has been an improvement, the students will be allow to keep their tablets.

The IRP is run by a not-for-profit organisation out of Canberra. For more information about the project or to donate, visit https://www.irp.org.au/