Students all around Western Sydney will again be encouraged to read and write with the launch of the 2016 Read With A Wanderer campaign.

Developed through our partnership with Western Sydney University, Read With A Wanderer is a competition that encourages students to increase their reading and writing. If you love the Wanderers and want to read or write more, make sure you get your school to join up to the Read With A Wanderer program: you may even get a Wanderers player* reading a story that you’ve written.




Competition closes Friday, 2 September 2016. Entries received after this date will not be included in the judging process.


Along with The School of Education, Western Sydney University, Western Sydney Wanderers is committed to literacy development in students across Western Sydney; both will support the program by assisting schools and their students to compose their stories. This competition is open to all schools in Western Sydney. Western Sydney schools may have the opportunity to work with pre-service teachers from the Master of Teaching (Primary) program in their classrooms as writing mentors. Schools will be contacted by Western Sydney University if they are selected to have pre-service teacher support for their project.

The Western Sydney Wanderers will provide professional players to read the ‘Wanderers All Star Literacy Team of the Year’ winning stories.


Wednesday, 1 June 2016 Western Sydney Schools invited to sign up for the RWAW competition
Friday, 30 June 2016Western Sydney University allocation to schools. Registration closes.
Friday, 2 September 2016Competition closes
Monday, 12 September 2016'Wanderers All Star Literacy Team of the Year' announced


Suggestions for implementing the Read with a Wanderer Competition

Schools can elect to participate by:

  • Integrating the competition as part of a unit of work
  • Using the task as an optional activity for interested students
  • Using the activity as part of other in-school activities – for example as a project as part of a writing group
  • Narrative presentations to supporting 2016 Education week activities and presentations

2x nominated books per school must be received before 5pm Friday 2 September, 2016. With a scanned permission note; signatures must include those of the author(s), the parents of the author(s) and the school principal (or designate) to be eligible to enter.

This permission gives the Wanderers and Western Sydney University all rights to use the storybook on their website or in other promotional material as they so choose.

For further information visit Western Sydney University.

*Player appearance based on player and school availability.


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