Meet the team reading their way to the state finals
THIS week some of Kingaroy's best readers will be matching up their words with the state's top readers.
Kingaroy's St John's Lutheran School will be cheering on their Readers Cup team who will compete at the state finals in Brisbane on Thursday against other Year 5 and 6 students.
While other students were playing outside during morning tea, five students were diligently reading novels and talking about books.
The school's Reader's Cup coordinators, Tracey Tunstall and Barb Pearson, said this sacrifice meant the girls had read five novels within less than a term for the competition.
"They've done a superb job of preparing themselves," Ms Tunstall said.
"They all have different favourite books."
The required readings exposed the students to a variety of stories including Samantha Wheeler's Everything I've Never Said which tells the story of Ava who has Rett Syndrome.
The competitors will be asked two questions from each of the five novels, per round.
Ms Tunstall said this was a step up from the South Burnett regional finals preparation which involved being familiar with only two novels and picture books.
Ms Pearson said the students had been learning how to work as a team and whisper their discussions.
There will be extra pressure at the finals as author Gabrielle Wang quizzes the teams about her own book, Ting Ting the Ghosthunter.
They will also get to attend the Brisbane Writer's Festival during the Readers Cup finals.
Meet the St John's Lutheran School Readers Cup team:
1. Miller Brown, Year 5
"I'm looking forward to learning lots of stuff and the experience of going down to Brisbane for the finals. We get to see the authors and compete against the other groups. I liked reading Firewatcher and love reading because it gives me a good imagination. I'd like to be an actress when I grow up."
2. Aliyah Brown, Year 6
"I'm looking forward to meeting the authors. I loved the books and I think they did a good job. My favourite book was Bob and I love reading because it makes me happy and calms me down. When I finish school I want to be a vet."
3. Kayleigh Johannesen, Year 5
"My favourite book was Ting Ting and I'm looking forward to competing and getting to see Gabrielle Wang. I enjoy reading because it gives me imagination to be creative. I'd like to be a famous dance teacher one day."
4. Beccy Sharp, Year 5
"I enjoyed reading Everything I've Never Said and look forward to seeing the authors and competing in Brisbane. I want to be a teacher one day. I like reading because it gives me a good imagination. If you're feeling sad, you can always read and it makes you feel better."
5. Amelia Lonsdale, Year 5
"It'll be a good experience and we get to miss two days of school and spend a night in Brisbane. I enjoyed reading Everything I've Never Said. Reading is great because it takes you to another world. If you're reading a good book you feel like you're the person and are kind of on an adventure. I'd like to be a teacher when I grow up."