Extreme reading winner!

The winner of an extreme reading challenge held across the Salisbury Plain Academies primary schools has been announced.


Six year old Zackary Howells was chosen for his photo of him reading a book underwater.

The competition was held over the summer holidays with lots of parents from Bulford St Leonard’s, St Michael’s Figheldean and Durrington All Saints sending in photos of their children reading in extreme places; these included in underground caves in Mexico, at the foot of a volcano in Tenerife and at an airport.

Zachary who is in Year 2 at Bulford St Leonard’s was on holiday when his photo was taken.” I loved reading underwater because I've never done it before,” he said. “It was quite tricky to read because I had to hold the book and read through the plastic at the same time.” 

Zachary has been given a £30 book voucher for winning the competition. “I’m so happy I won. I love reading because books are interesting especially books that make me laugh. My favourite book at the moment is the new book by Julia Donaldson called 'The Ugly Five.”

Next the schools will be running a Christmas selfie themed reading competition. 

“It’s great that so many children took part in the extreme reading challenge,” said teacher Rosie Brady. “We all want to encourage our pupils to read and this sort of challenge is fun and everyone can take part. We hope the Christmas themed one will be just as popular.”