Each term this year, a group of Mill Chase Academy Year 7s and 8s have been able to enjoy an afternoon of reading with Year 4s and 5s from Bordon Junior School. For the last time before the summer break, Mrs Carter joined them on a pleasant walk down to Bordon Library where all the children gathered to share and discuss the books they had been reading, and finding new books to read together.
 
The Buddy Reading group has been a great success this year, and is set to continue next year to reach an even larger group of readers. The aim of the group is to strengthen ties with the younger readers in our local  community, to encourage book-talk, and to promote a love of reading in all its many forms.
 
It has been really nice to be a Reading Buddy this year. I have made some new friends, and I am sure that both ways we feel more confident. We need Reading Buddies because it helps those who are stuck to their devices all the time, then they can experience reading together, actually have more friends out of school, and be a great help to the community. -- Stanley, Year 7
 
It has been good to talk to the Juniors about what they've been reading and how they react to what is in the books. Having Reading Buddies helps us all see what the future of our school is in a couple of years, and how far into reading they have already got. -- Leon, Year 7
 
Reading has been revealed as  the most important indicator of the future success of a child: research has found that teens who choose to pick up a book for pleasure are more likely to succeed in life. With this in mind, as a school we are always striving to find new ways to engage with reading, to celebrate old favourites, share recent finds, and discover future classics. 
 
Bordon Library is open throughout the summer break (except Wednesdays and Sundays), offering not only a treasure trove of books to be discovered, but also a range of clubs and activities for all ages, including a  summer reading challenge.