An Overview of Literacy Leaders:
This newly created role is for enthusiastic pupils in S2 who have a passion for reading, writing, talking and listening. This fabulous role was created during our First Minister’s Reading Challenge in 2018-2019. This role is for pupils who want to gain leadership experience, build their confidence and contribute to promoting the reading culture at Hillhead High School.
In S1 all pupils will be encouraged to engage with our Reading Challenge throughout the year (for more information on this, please click on the tab on our homepage!). In the spring when the timetable changes, we will then begin the process of advertising for potential Literacy Leaders.
How to become a Literacy Leader:
If you are interested in becoming a Literacy Leader, there is an application consisting of 4 questions and then a mini interview. This is excellent experience (for the big world out there!) and an opportunity for you to share your ideas and reasons of why you are an ideal candidate! Applications and interviews are conducted in May/Early June just after you have completed the First Minster’s Reading Challenge in S1. We are looking for pupils who engaged with the Reading Challenge, can reflect on their experiences and are happy to help lead this with the new S1 arriving the following August. Even if you are not the fastest reader or the most confident speaker, if you have a passion for this role, please consider applying! All welcome!
*This year, we had over 30 applications and only 10 were selected! A very difficult process, but inspiring to see so many pupils applying. Well done to all!!
What you might do as a Literacy Leader:
-Help promote the First Minister’s Reading Challenge with the new S1: speaking at S1 assemblies, creating posters and speaking to them about your experiences with the FMRC, help organise parties and rewards for S1 pupils in the Reading Challenge
-Assist with organising Drop Everything and Read: promotional posters, organising book boxes, taking photographs on the day
-Organise Book Swaps/Book Drives for pupils and staff
-Help encourage reading and reading lists in various subjects
-Lead writing challenges and competitions across the school and encourage pupils to submit writing to competitions locally, nationwide etc.
-Help Mr MacPherson, our school librarian, with the organisation of library books, FMRC titles, and book borrowing
-Help track and collate evidence of FMRC book ‘stamp cards’ to monitor the number of individual and whole class books read
-Help with book displays/ FMRC displays in English department
-Conduct surveys on genres, authors and recommended reading across the school
-Assist with Staff lunch: A Bite and a Book
-Finally, to create new ideas (to encourage reading, writing, talking and listening in our school/community)