Welcome to Term 3 for all new and existing families! I hope all our students were able to relax and rejuvenate over the break and have returned with enthusiasm and eagerness to learn.
I recently read an article about a partnership between the University of Newcastle and an independent girls' school to implement a Reading for Pleasure program for girls. The broad results of the study indicated positive outcomes for students, with 85 percent of teachers agreeing that girls benefited from regular, silent reading, with three primary themes of benefits observed by teachers: skill development, engagement, and wellbeing. Additionally, teachers observed a general development in students' comprehension, verbal and social skills, creativity, and imagination. In addition, they believed the students were better prepared to learn and engage with the curriculum.
Cultural capital is consistently encouraged at MSM because it exposes students to diverse ideas, perspectives, and modes of expression. Reading also facilitates effective communication and the development of critical thinking skills, which are necessary for appreciating diverse cultures and values.
In the past decade, there has been a steady decline in reading for pleasure. Despite the ease of access, people today are reading less compared to past generations.
Students who have less experience with long-form text and traditional media may be unprepared for the crucial task of understanding complex issues and developing critical thinking literacy skills. For a teenager who is used to jumping from one app to another and switching formats and content within seconds, the shift to focusing on one piece of text over an extended period can prove challenging. However, many future career paths and jobs still depend on the ability to focus on one subject, text, or topic for an extended period.
Parents, the next time you hear "I'm bored!" at home, suggest a visit to the MSM Library or to the Wheelers
ePlatform where eBooks and Audiobooks can be accessed anytime, anywhere.
Find what works for your child and make goals to read more together. Our qualified Library staff are always on hand to make individual reading suggestions, and the Reading
tab within LibGuides
contains recommendations from both the Junior and Young Adult collections. Pick up a good book, make a goal to read more, and rediscover the joys of reading!
As the research has indicated, the benefits are innumerable.