We’re delighted to announce our first ever English Martyrs Word Millionaires – just in time to celebrate World Book Day.

Students in years 7 and 8 are currently enrolled on the Accelerated Reader program where students are encouraged to read for pleasure for a minimum of 25 minutes every day.

The program, which was introduced originally to Year 7 last year, helps to improve literacy skills and encourage students to read more books.

After completing a book they then complete online quizzes and gain points.  Each month we update and publish the leader-boards for Year 7 and Year 8.  This creates a healthy competition in school between individuals and form groups.

Since September, thirteen of our students have managed to read over one million words.  To put that into some sort of context, it’s just short of 6000 words per day.  I’m sure you would agree that’s a phenomenal achievement.

Our first EMS Word Millionaires are: Rowan Lawson, Ava Shelley, Nina Vallet, Eve Horton, Maisy Blossom Williamson, Oliver Gould, Oscar Jackson, Ashleigh Izzett, Gracie Young, Ethan Casey, Jake Fawcett, Brandon Davies and Evie Wallis.

The students have all been presented with a small trophy and certificate to recognise their immense effort.

English Teacher and Literacy Coordinator, Mrs Fox, who introduced the program, told us: “I couldn’t be happier that the students have got involved with the program and are reading more.”

“A book will enhance a child’s imagination and vocabulary – something that gets lost in this technological age.”

“To read so many words in just six months is incredible – I’m so proud of them all.”

Congratulations to all the students. Keep up the hard work.

If you are looking for inspiration on a great book suited to you, head over to our Recommended Reading page where there a loads of carefully selected books, arranged in age categories, for you to look through.  Most of these titles are available in the school library.