Published Friday, 08 September 2017
A celebration of success took place recently to reward pupils for their reading efforts during the summer holidays.
Around 3500 children across South Lanarkshire took part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge during the school holiday period.
Every pupil who took part during the summer received small incentives along the way to encourage them, including a bookbag and a medal as they clocked up at least six books of their choosing.
Every one of our primary schools took part and the schools with the highest uptake from each area were invited to attend the celebration event.
Burnside Primary School in Rutherglen was the overall winner with 52% of their pupils taking up the challenge.
In East Kilbride the runners up were St Hilary’s Primary School with 28% of pupils participating. In Clydesdale, Blackwood Primary School boasted 20% of pupils involved and St Bride’s Primary School in Bothwell celebrated 20.5% of pupil’s taking part.
Representatives from each of the schools attended the special celebration event where they were treated to an Animal antics themed performance from South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture’s very own Children’s Assistants and a performance from Macastory as well as receiving their school award.
Councillor David Watson, the chair of the South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Board, presented the awards. He said: “It is fantastic that so many pupils got involved with the summer reading challenge.
"Unfortunately the weather wasn’t always great during the holidays so I’m delighted that children were able to put their time to good use and get in the habit of reading for pleasure. Each and every pupil who took part should be congratulated but Burnside Primary School deserves to win this year’s cup for their outstanding efforts as more than half the school participated. Well done all.”