SILENCE was golden at Edensor Park Public School last Thursday.
Pupils took time out from the classroom to appreciate some silent reading outdoors as part of National Literacy and Numeracy Week.
Assistant principal Jason Cootes called it a "reading picnic" that allowed pupils to unwind and enjoy the simple pleasures of a book.
"Reading is important because it covers every aspect of schooling life," he said.
"Students who struggle with reading will find themselves struggling with other subjects, including maths."
Year 5 pupils Joshua To and Mathew Petkovic said they liked silent reading time as long as they had a good book.
"I like reading books because it teaches me new words," Mathew said.
"Also when you're angry, you can read a book and it takes you somewhere else."
Teacher James Kelly said the picnic allowed students to be independent readers and "develop a love for reading".