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On Wednesday 20th June, Miss Morgan, Mrs Mitchell and 5 pupils from Newtongrange Primary School headed into Edinburgh for the First Minister’s Reading Challenge Award Ceremony. We had been asked to attend the awards several weeks ago to showcase at the event and share with other schools the amazing reading journey we have been on as a school and all about our Newtongrange Book Fairies project. As one of the showcasing schools Summer (P4a), Murray (P7b) and Mrs Mitchell were lucky enough to meet Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister. Summer and Murray did a fantastic job of telling her all about the different activities, challenges and changes going on in our school to create our reading culture. The Book Fairies also made an appearance and Nicola Sturgeon was the lucky finder of one. She was absolutely delighted and got Murray and Summer to sign the book before telling us she will get back in touch to let us know what she thought of it. However there was a surprise in store… during the award ceremony itself we were absolutely thrilled to find out we had been awarded Highly Commended for the School Community Partnership Reading Award. There were over 700 entries to the competition and Newtongrange was the runner up. We were presented with a certificate and received book vouchers to spend. It was an absolutely fantastic day and we are so proud of our school’s efforts and what an achievement it was for our pupils, school and community.




























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