Read Rugby League with the Sharks
Wednesday 10 October 2012 2:24 PM
The National Rugby League and the Cronulla Sharks, through NRL's One Community, invites schools to particpate in the popular Rugby League Reads program.
Developed by the NRL and aimed at primary schools to highlight the importance of reading, Rugby League Reads offers NRL and Sharks player support in getting behind this worthwhile initiative.
All resources have been written by Suzan Hirsch, Lecturer in Boys Education, Literacy and Educational Studies at the Australian Catholic University.
The aims of the Rugby League Reads resources are to:
• Engage students in reading by using their interest in Rugby League;
• Provide teachers with practical and quality syllabus-linked rugby league-based literacy resources which can be used authentically in a literacy program;
• To breakdown common stereotypes that sport stars, especially men playing Rugby League, do not need or like to read;
• Provide positive messages about reading and the reading ontogenesis of players without players physically needing to go to the schools to deliver a program, allowing equal access to all students and teachers.
The Sharks can support this resource through the use of our educational and development officers here at the club which can help leverage the full value of this program which could include additional giveaways and Sharks player appearances.
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Rugby League Reads Magazine and Teacher Resource
The Rugby League Reads magazine includes a range of texts taught in primary schools including factual and literary texts, with the focus on rugby league as key reading content. The magazines and activities are suitable for Years 3 - 6 and 30 magazines are available in each set. This resource is free with a postage and handling fee payable.
All 16 clubs are represented in each issue through a specific text as well as a focusing on a player from each club who is selected as the ‘Reading Captain’. John Morris was the Sharks reading Captain in 2012.
As well as the magazine, complimenting teacher activities and resources for each club’s text type has been created. The activities are underpinned with philosophical frameworks and theories commonly used at schools, including Bloom’s Taxonomy and Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences as well as incorporating key boy’s education strategies and research. They are designed to be easily
An issue of the magazine will be available to schools in NSW, ACT, QLD and VIC three times per year.
Rugby League Reads Home Readers
There are eight progressive readers in each set which are best suited to Years K – 2. They are professionally printed and all profits from the sales are used to fund more NRL Reading Resources for schools.
These books will allow early readers to read about Rugby League and their favourite clubs and players, whilst engaging with text and practicing reading strategies.
In 2010, a team of researchers at the Australian Catholic University researched the benefits of the Rugby League Reads Magazines in ten NSW schools. The ten schools will include public, independent and Catholic schools and will involve principals, teachers, parents and students in Years 3-6.
Key findings included:
• A substantial improvement in students’ attitudes towards reading and engagement reading sessions.
• Students’ voluntary reading interest and participation increased.
• The resource supplemented the lack of male reader role models in the home.
• The use of Reading Captains makes a substantial impact on students’ attitudes and reading habits.
• Teachers were impressed by the English Syllabus focus and their obvious and relevant links to the curriculum.
For more information or to enquire about your school becoming involved, please contact:
Sharks Community Program Officer
firstname.lastname@example.org or 9527 8242
Sharks/ARL Development Officer