My name is George Rose and it is my pleasure to be reading ‘I Got This Hat’ during the 2016 National Simultaneous Storytime event on Wednesday May 25th. I have never participated in such a unique event and I’m excited to have the chance to share my love of reading with so many students and teachers during our live stream on ClickView.
I was born in Bathurst and I went to Walgett Public School, Narrabri West Public School and Kelso High School. After high school I became an NRL player and I spent 12 years playing for the Sydney Roosters, Melbourne Storm, St George Illawarra Dragons and the Manly Sea Eagles (where my team won 2 grand finals). I have played for the Indigenous All Stars five times and the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII (a team who is selected to play against Papua New Guinea in Papua New Guinea in the final weeks of the Rugby League season).
I enjoy reading newspapers to keep me up to date with what’s happening in the world, magazines for cool stories, informative pieces and autobiographies so I can learn about the lives of great people whom I admire. Sometimes I enjoy reading my university textbooks because I love becoming smarter.
When I was in primary school, I had a vivid imagination and loved reading fiction books. Roald Dahl was my favourite author and BFG was my favourite book. (I always thought I was a big friendly giant). I had many dream time stories that I loved to read including the story of the Rainbow Serpent and How The Echidna Got His Quills. These were very interesting books and taught valuable lessons on behaviour and respect. I also enjoyed the Goosebumps books and Harry Potter series.
Reading is a very important skill needed as a Rugby League player. We receive no less than 6 full pages of information on the team we play each week and we need to know this information to be able to beat that team. After a game we have no less than 10 pages of information and feedback on the game we played. To help us be the best player and best team we can be, it is very important that we are always practising the skill of reading.
I am hopeful that by participating in National Simultaneous Storytime, there will be students who go out and explore different types of books, find something they love to read about and make reading an everyday part of their lives too.
Reading is also important in everyday life. Reading menus in a restaurant, reading safety instructions on products (chemicals, cook books, equipment) which in some cases could save your life. Reading signs, directions and rules can decide whether you can drive a car or not and if you’re on public transport, you need to be able to read timetables to find your destination. Reading is so important to be able to survive everyday life.
I read because I always want to be learning more every day of my life. I am hopeful that by participating in National Simultaneous Storytime, there will be students who go out and explore different types of books, find something they love to read about and make reading an everyday part of their lives too. For the kids out there who love to read about the great game of Rugby League, I have BIG news! The first issue of Rugby League Reads for 2016 is almost ready to go (but I’ll talk more about that when you see me on the 25th May. I’ll see you all there!)
I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog post. Have a great day. I’m going to get back to my book, I’m half way through ‘Matilda’ and can’t wait to read how it finishes!