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The Book Bank Project at La Perouse Public School

February 24, 2012

It was a pleasure to revisit La Perouse Public School in my old electorate of Maroubra on Wednesday to load up 47 students with wonderful books as part of the Book Bank Project. Also there to distribute books were 702 ABC Breakfast Radio host, Adam Spencer, and my successor as Member for Maroubra, Michael Daley.

The Book Bank Project is an initiative from Dymocks Children’s Charities and is undertaken in the context of the success of the Premier’s Reading Challenge. The Project provides schoolchildren with one book they have chosen from the Reading Challenge every term. Students are encouraged to share and swap their books with their classmates after they have read them, creating, as a result, a ‘Book Bank’ within the classroom.

Currently, the Project is being trialled with 1, 200 students in five schools in NSW, including Condell Park Public School, Fort Street Primary School, Ettalong Public School, Toormina Public School and Nyngan Public School. A roll out of the Project in many more schools across NSW is planned for next year.

One Comment
  1. February 25, 2012 10:52 am

    Thanks, Bob, for informing us of this worthwhile initiative by Dymocks which I wouldn’t have heard about otherwise.
    Dymocks’ philanthropy is to be welcomed.

    The Gonski Report on School Funding devotes 8 pages to Philanthropy and how it can play a significant role in supporting governments to improve the outcomes of students in schools, particularly schools servicing disadvantaged communities” (page 198) It describes the ‘academies’ that are being promoted in England and the charter schools in USA as “successful in attracting significant philanthropic support”. We are told, “It is important to learn from these initiatives and progress philanthropic activity in an Australian context.” [4.5.2 p. 199]

    Really?! Australia is wealthy enough to fully support government schools without repeating the mistakes made in England and the USA.

    By contrast, this philanthropic initiative by Dymocks is a welcome partnership with our government schools.

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