The Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and please in students…It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.

The Challenge available for all NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 9, in government, independent, Catholic and home schools.

– NSW Department of Education, 2013

Spotlight on the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC)

The PRC is not a competition but a challenge for children and young people to read more widely and to be recognised for their proactive reading habits. Here are three students who achieved outstanding results in the 2017 PRC.


Timothy Woodyatt, 9 DU

Timothy was recognised on the Platinum Honour Roll for successfully completing the PRC seven years in a row. Timothy is an avid reader. However, this did not mean that the PRC has been easy. Tim shared, “the PRC made me read books I wouldn’t normally read, I found this hard at first because I like a particular genre, but it has gotten easier over the years”.

Ryan Whitford, 10 HO

Ryan received an ‘Outstanding Reader Medal’ for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to reading by consecutively completing the PRC from Years 3 to 9. In 2017 only 480 students from across NSW received medals. Ryan was shy to share about his PRC experience, but did divulge he mostly read fantasy, sci-fi, and action novels.

Arvind Kumaraguru, 10 MU

Arvind also received an ‘Outstanding Reader Medal’. Arvid has enjoyed his time competing in the PRC stating, “it was interesting to read a wide variety of books”.  Despite 2017 being the last year he could participate, he ensures us that his literary adventures will not cease and is determined to continue challenging his reading habits. Arvid has agreed to read and review books for the Arthur Holt Library blog.

Congratulations to Timothy, Ryan and Arvind! If you, or your son, are a Year 7-9 student interested in participating in the 2018 Premier’s Reading Challenge please visit the Library for more information.

Domonique Mileto, Teaching and Learning Librarian










Timothy Woodyatt

Maker:S,Date:2017-8-16,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-ve“The PRC made me read books I wouldn’t normally read, which is difficult, because I like reading a particular genre” – Timothy (8DU).

Timothy has received the PRC’s ‘ Platinum Award’ for successfully participating in the challenge for 7 years! Although 2019 will be the last year Tim competes in the PRC it will not be his last year of reading!

As you can already guess, Tim is an avid reader who initially signed up for the PRC because he wanted to read more widely.



Ryan Whitford



Congratulations Ryan, on achieving the PRC’s ‘Outstanding Reader Medal’. Students receive this medal for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to reading by completing the PRC every year from Year 3 toYear 9. In 2017 only 480 students from across NSW received medals.


Arvind Kumaraguru


Congratulations Arvind, who also received the PRC’s ‘Outstanding Reader Medal’. Despite not being able to compete in the PRC anymore Arvind is determined to keep on challenging himself by helping he Arthur Holt Library review books on the 2018 Inky Awards Long List. 

#watchthisspace Inky Reviews coming soon!





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