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Les Pearson reports:
AN educational event developed by two
Balaklava High School teachers has begun
to spread across the region's schools after
its successful debut last year.
The Amazing Literacy Race, created
by Balaklava High School teachers, Sonia
Pringle and Jess Daniel, was picked up by
a number of other schools in the district
Mrs Daniel and Mrs Pringle developed the
race concept, based on the television show,
"The Amazing Race", in 2012.
Participating students work in pairs,
thinking their way through activities at dif-
ferent stations, located at various corners
of the school.
There were nine stations, encompassing
all teaching faculties within the school, each
of those (barring the Library station) featur-
ing two activities students could pick from.
To receive their next clue, each team had
to complete one of the two activities on of-
fer at the station. Once complete, a teacher
stamped their 'passport' and they moved on
to the next station.
Pairs had to complete six of the nine
stations on offer, before returning to the
Mrs Pringle said after introducing the
race idea at a Yorke and Mid North Regional
Improvement Team for Literacy meeting
this year, the Ardrossan Area School and a
number of sites in Port Pirie were amongst
about 30 schools to pick up the concept and
run their own literacy races.
“The regional offce asked for expressions
of interest from other sites and we provided all
the information for them," Mrs Pringle said.
Last year, the race was aimed at just year
eight and nine BHS students but Balaklava
Primary and Balaklava Community Chil-
dren's Centre were also involved last week.
"You just need to target it to whatever
your audience is," Mrs Pringle explained.
The race tends to take a lot of work to get
up and running but the resulting participation
rate is excellent.
"We were here half the weekend but that's
OK because you can see the benefts,” Mrs
"It takes lots and lots of preparation,
making the passports, building the activities
and mixing them up from year to year," Mrs
"When you see the kids running around,
it's all worth it."
With students racing between classrooms
and fat out trying to work through their
various tasks, the race appears to be a hit
"In a different learning environment. It's
great to see those kids you wouldn't often see
engaged in a classroom, engage in something
like this," Mrs Daniel said.
"I think the students appreciate it," Mrs
"They might just 'accidentally' learn
something while swept up in the excitement
of it all.
"In schools, we often try to make every-
thing fair and even but I think the kids have
enjoyed the competitive edge.
"There are some who aren't necessarily
good in one area but will be stronger in
In just its second year, the scope for further
growth with other schools embracing the
concept is promising.
"It's great to see the kids who participated
last year, they're excited to do it all again,"
Mrs Daniel said.
THEY’RE IN A HURRY TO LEARN MORE:
AMAZING Literacy Race offcials and Balaklava High
School teachers, Jess Daniel (left) and Sonia Pringle.
PRIMARY school students participating in the
Amazing Literacy Race for the frst time are year
fve, Sianna Bond, and year three, Taia Berry.
USING their teamwork in the art room during
the Amazing Literacy Race are (from left) Jacob
Herraman, Owen Vasey and Zion Brookes.
ENGAGED in their English task are
Jade Murphy and Jackie Zachoryj.
and Tayla Dale
BUSY with heads
are Y8s Sean
and Tyler Moulds.
WORKING through their maths problem are year nine students (from left) Kayla Von-Zieden,
Natisha Eastman and Annaliese Nipperess.
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