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Students show Compassion and Service through Reading

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The Smith Family's Student2Student Digital Reading Programis a unique and effective program that has helped many students to significantly increase their reading skills. This year, 30 Ormiston College students have signed up to become a reading ‘buddy’ by helping a student who is struggling to improve their reading skills.

The program supports students from around Queensland in Years 3 to 8 who may be up to 4 years behind in their reading age. Our students have made a commitment to help a reader over an 18 weekperiod by ringing them 2 to 3 times a week and listening to them read for at least 20 minutes each time.

This Digital Reading Program uses technology to assist students with their reading. Our students use the Chatty Kidz platform to contact the reader and listen to them read downloadable e-books each week. The Digital Reading Program has an audio function that allows the reader and buddy to talk to each other.

Our involvement in the Student2Student program is an initiative of the Social Justice Committee lead by Prefects Ella-Marie Watkins and Ashan Randula as well as our Teacher Leader Mrs Barfoot. Of the 100 buddies who have signed up to the first program of the year starting on 21 March, 30 students are from Ormiston College. The students involved in the program are certainly displaying our Christian Values of Compassion and Service and they enjoyed the training afternoon that occurred last Friday in the Centre for Learning and Innovation.

Congratulations to all involved!

Paul Hornibrook
Head of Senior School