Fathers get in on reading act

Andrew Gordon reads to pupils Tekei Wyllie, Kasey Gordon, Rhylee Bevan, Aydan Shelley and Shane Moody.
Andrew Gordon reads to pupils Tekei Wyllie, Kasey Gordon, Rhylee Bevan, Aydan Shelley and Shane Moody.

There were 25 fathers, who volunteered to help in the area of literacy.

The aim of the event was also to bring more male role models into the junior school.

�Dads� involvement in reading to their children has been shown to have a huge impact on children�s abilities and their development,� assistant head of junior school Yvette Clifton said.

�Research has shown children whose dads read to them behave and concentrate better, are more interested in books later on, have wider vocabularies, better problem-solving skills and are better at maths.

�It is also really important that our boys, who often struggle more than girls with their literacy, see that reading is not just for the girls.

�We are lucky in the Mandurah area because a lot of fathers are on shift or FIFO rosters, which means they can be around a lot more for their kids during school times.�