Intake 31: Mission accomplished for 17 students
THEY will always be known as intake 31 to the Gladstone Literacy Centre, after a mix of 17 students from Kin Kora and Tannum Sands State School's graduated on Friday.
Speeches were made by each student to reflect on what they had learnt over the past 17 weeks.
Hundreds of family and friends gathered to watch as the youngsters stood proudly over the podium, to show off their newfound skills.
Korby Caldwell said before going to the Centre, she would feel uneasy if she had to read.
"My reading was atrocious," she said. "I made a lot of mistakes with small words and I didn't stop and self-correct, so sometimes what I was reading didn't make sense."
However after graduating the student said she keener than ever to dive into the books.
"My spelling has improved and I don't daydream as much because I'm more confident so I concentrate better on my work."
Siarra Thompson said before the Centre she wasn't confident at reading either.
"My reading was horrible... I felt really self-conscious," she said.
"I read in a really quiet voice because I didn't want anyone to hear when I didn't know the words."
But thanks to the Centre, Siarra is a changed little girl. "I don't give up as easily and I can do my work by myself and get it finished on time," she said. "I will be able to keep up in class now so I'm glad my teachers gave me the chance to come to the Centre."
Collin Munro said he was hesitant at first to attend the classes.
"When Mum told me I had been picked to go the Literacy Centre I didn't really want to go," he said.
"But I knew Mum was really happy that I had been picked.
"Now I can read faster and I am not so scared. I am more confident and I don't always give up so soon.
"I can use my word attack skills to work out new words and to help me with spelling."
The graduation was held at South School on Friday.