Books In Homes Programme

Author Elizabeth Pulford presents books to Concord pupils Author Elizabeth Pulford presents books to Concord pupils.

Concord School has been part of the Books in Homes Programme for a number of years now. It is sponsored by Yarrow South Charitable Trust and we really appreciate their financial support to run this programme.

The children eagerly inspect copies of the books that are available for them to choose from and once the order forms have been filled in and sent away staff are constantly badgered about when they will be arriving!

'Caught Being Good' Duffy award books, sponsored by Scholastic, are sought after, with children completing literacy tasks so that they can be included in the bi-weekly draw and assembly presentation of four books to four lucky pupils.

The children enter into literacy and art activities to be in with a chance to win the Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day or Grandparents' awards at various times during the year. The Hero Assemblies bring sporting and cultural heroes into our school and while they are promoting the benefits of reading throughout their lives, they are also encouraging the children to become involved in sport, The Arts, and wider community activities.

The School Leaders Assembly occurs once a year with the Head Boy and Girl of Kaikorai Valley College coming to our assembly to share their experiences of how reading has been important in their lives. This message is particularly appreciated when the visitors are ex-Concord pupils!

Pre-school ‘Kids at Home’ receive books on their birthday and school starter packs when they begin visits in preparation for starting school and these books are treasured. Older siblings exhibit pride when they are asked to present these books to the youngsters.

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