Rainham primary school celebrates winning reading competition

PUBLISHED: 08:00 12 November 2013

Cllr Andrew Curtin with the award winning pupils of Parsonage Farm Primary School

Cllr Andrew Curtin with the award winning pupils of Parsonage Farm Primary School


Pupils of a Rainham primary school have been celebrating after being crowned winners of a Havering reading competition.

Parsonage Farm saw off competition from schools across the borough to win the Havering Library’s Creepy Crawlies Reading Challenge.

Over the summer, children were tasked with reading six books from their local library, before returning to discuss their reads.

The school came out on top as 116 pupils participated, the highest number in the borough.

To mark the victory, a special assembly took place last month, in which Cllr Andrew Curtin presented the children with certificates and medals.

Speaking about the event, Cllr Curtin said: “I had a wonderful visit to Parsonage Farm Primary School.

“It was excellent to see the enjoyment pupils, teachers and governors got from reading and the huge commitment throughout the school to ensure children get the best possible start in life by loving and valuing books.”

Cllr Curtin also praised the “vital work” of the borough’s libraries that backed the competition, and suggested the new Rainham Library project will add to the good work.

Head teacher of Parsonage Farm, Mrs Pauline Beaton, said the children were thrilled to receive their certificates and medals.

“Cllr Curtin was wonderful with the children - who we are extremely proud of. They were so excited to be meeting a councillor,” said

“We really try to encourage reading, especially in this day and age where everybody is using computers.

Mrs Beaton also thanked the libraries, adding: “It’s so good to see everybody working together for something like this.”

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