Penshurst Girls Campus

Georges River College

Telephone02 9580 3141

Literacy Programs


Four mornings a week the school runs a DEAR program (Drop Everything and Read) during Roll Call. Our DEAR program has a number of components to suit every reader's needs. We participate in the Premier's Reading Challenge.

Peer Tutoring

The Peer Tutoring Reading Program is for Year 7 students by Year 10 mentors. It is one of the most successful literacy programs conducted at our school during DEAR. Year 10 tutors help their tutees to improve their reading and comprehension skills through the use of authentic texts before they approach them in class. This facilitates their learning process and promotes their literacy skills. The program has a direct impact on our excellent literacy results.

Targeted ESL (English as a Second Language) students

Specific targeted ESL student learning is supported by ESL staff in the classroom, with programs jointly developed by the ESL and all staff to specifically focus on student literacy needs.

What do our Literacy (NAPLAN) results tell us?

• Over 90% of Year 7 students are in the High/Proficient range across Reading, Writing and Language.
• By Year 8, our excellent range of reading programs including Peer Tutoring, Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) and the Premier's Reading Challenge, mean that we have added significant value to students' literacy levels.
• In Year 8, 95% of students are in the High Proficient range for Reading and Language.