Hawick pupils brought to book

Pupils, accompanied by Myles Crossley, from medal sponsor, Banks Renewables, with their medals and certificates for reading, at Trinity Primary School, Hawick.  (c) Wullie Marr/HOLYROOD PR''For pic details, contact Wullie Marr........... 07989359845
Pupils, accompanied by Myles Crossley, from medal sponsor, Banks Renewables, with their medals and certificates for reading, at Trinity Primary School, Hawick. (c) Wullie Marr/HOLYROOD PR''For pic details, contact Wullie Marr........... 07989359845

Book-loving primary school pupils in Hawick celebrated their Achievement Award Assembly in style – with a little help from wind energy firm Banks Renewables.

More than 30 children at Trinity, aged between three and 12, took part in the Commonwealth Reading Awards, an initiative aimed at encouraging youngsters to read more books at school and home.

Hamilton-Banks Renewables sponsored the activity – providing 26 gold, three silver and five bronze medals before Myles Crossley, from the firm, attended the award ceremony to present them to the winners.

Pupils took part in reading challenges linked to a Commonwealth sport, including speed reading and reading in pairs, earning points as they finished each challenge.

Deputy headteacher Adam Lindsay said: “Developing both a child’s reading skills and a love for reading is very important.

“It opens up their imagination, as well as giving them ideas and understanding to improve their writing and conversational skills.”

She added: “Engaging with non-fiction reading also helps them think, as well as learning new things.”