Pupils ‘pages ahead’

2015-09-15 06:00
The city-wide library reading competition for Grade 7 pupils ended at the Athlone civic centre last week. Here are (from left) Abulela Maqhubela, Tamsin Pretorius and Deborah Martins, who won the Xhosa, English and Afrikaans categories respectively.

The city-wide library reading competition for Grade 7 pupils ended at the Athlone civic centre last week. Here are (from left) Abulela Maqhubela, Tamsin Pretorius and Deborah Martins, who won the Xhosa, English and Afrikaans categories respectively.

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The Athlone civic centre played host to the finals of the City of Cape Town’s seventh annual reading competition on Thursday.

The City’s library and information services department held the competition, which saw 1000 Grade 7 pupils from 280 schools from across the city participate in rounds, with 18 of them advancing to the finals.

The competition tests reading skills in Eng­lish, Afrikaans and Xhosa.

The competition has grown to include participants from more than 65 libraries.

Abulela Maqhubela from Imvumelwano Primary School took top honours in the Xhosa category, while Tamsin Pretorius from Palm Park Primary won the English category. Deborah Martins from Stratford Primary School won the Afrikaans category.

“The competition keeps growing and it is heartening to see so many pupils with a keen interest in reading,” says Belinda Walker, mayoral committee member for community services and special projects.

Walker attended the finals and said that reading also enhanced communication skills and creativity, which in turn equipped young people with the tools required to perform more effectively in their future jobs.

“All the pupils who participated at every level are winners. They are pages ahead of peers who may not be avid readers and an inspiration to those who are interested in participating next year.

“The City is proud of each one of our young readers,” said Walker

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