Let’s hear it for reading aloud!

We are so excited to announce the winners of our CHASE/KEY LINKS TEACHA! Shared Reading Competition: CONGRATULATIONS to the Grade 6H class of “Star of the Sea” Convent in St James, and their teacher, Linsey Hartmann. Their reading of “Baboon’s Nest” has been selected as the #1 winning entry!

Ms Hartmann commented, “A group of grade 6 learners practiced tirelessly with their masks on! And we recorded it too, with masks on. We had such fun doing this. It was as though we were practicing for a concert. It added a bit of spice to COVID times.”

The school selected their preferred prize of a full set of over 300 Intermediate Phase KEY LINKS Guided Readers. These were handed over on 18th August to teacher Linsey Hartmann, Principal Alfonso Pereira, and the winning grade 6H class with much excitement. We were treated to a stunning repeat performance of their reading. WELL DONE, Star of The Sea, your reading rocks!

Ms Hartmann and her Grade 6H class at Star of the Sea receive their Key Links collection prize.
Grade 6H class members demonstrate their winning reading skills.

The 2nd prize of over 500 KEY LINKS levelled guided readers worth R40 000 was won by Ross Metcalfe for his brilliant reading of “Baboon’s Nest”. Ross tutors at Mokone Primary School in Langa with the Ithuba Foundation. Enthusiastic principal, Mr Raphalhlelo, was thrilled to receive the prize and thanked CHASE, Ross Metcalfe, and Ithuba Foundation Co-ordinator, Nathi Gigaba at the handover on 19th August. “Our learners will be so excited to learn to read with these bright and colourful books which we desperately need!” he said.

Teachers choose our CAPS approved KEY LINKS graded reading series as it takes the stress out of learning to read.  Our Shared Reading ‘Big books’ and levelled Guided Readers are available in English and Afrikaans, with Shared Reading Big Books also in isiXhosa and isiZulu. Find out more at now updated with free access to Jill Eggleton’s training videos, the KEY LINKS Teachers’ Toolboxes, downloadable assessments, articles and much more. Register here to access this free KEY LINKS support and be part of our KEY LINKS teaching community. You can also find our KEY LINKS eBooks catalogue here:

Thrilled members of the Mokone Primary School Senior Management team receive their Key Links winnings with CHASE CEO and Ithuba Foundation winner, Ross Metcalfe.