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Get involved in National Literacy and Numeracy Week

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THE HON PETER GARRETT MP Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth


22 June 2011

Get involved in National Literacy and Numeracy Week

Schools across the country are being encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities in National Literacy and Numeracy Week 2011 (NLWN), with two high-profile National Ambassadors helping encourage kids to have fun with reading, writing and maths.

Minister for School Education Peter Garrett said award-winning children‟s author, Jackie French, is the new Literacy Ambassador, and comedian Simon Pampena, „The Maths Man,‟ is the Numeracy Ambassador for the third year in a row.

“Jackie and Simon are enthusiastic about helping young people explore the worlds of words and numbers and will be terrific ambassadors for the event,” Mr Garrett said.

“Literacy and numeracy skills are essential building blocks for life and NLNW is a great way to promote their importance to students while having fun at the same time.”

NLNW 2011 will run from Monday 29 August to Sunday 4 September with the theme The Fundamentals are Fun!

Mr Garrett said a new National Literacy and Numeracy Week website has been launched this year, providing up-to-date information for students, teachers and parents.

During the Literacy and Numeracy Week, schools across Australia will have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities.

These include three national mass participation events:  Reach for the Stars - a numeracy activity for all ages, developed by the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers;  National Celebration of Literacy - involving a range of literacy activities including a mass reading

day Read for Australia, jointly developed by the Australian Literacy Educators Association and the Australian Association for the Teaching of English;  The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards - a poetry competition open to all Australian students from K-12 and developed by the Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Society.

“Registration for the national activities is now open and I urge schools to visit the new website and register to take part,” Mr Garrett said.

“The Gillard Government is investing a record $64 billion in education, including a number of fantastic schemes which aim to increase the literacy and numeracy skills of all our school students.”

For further information about NLNW and access to a wide collection of innovative teaching ideas, resources and class materials visit

Minister’s Media Contact: Lisa Miller 0419 124 717 DEEWR Media: Non-media queries: 1300 363 079