Junior School Library
Prep enjoyed their very first library lesson in the Prep classroom. Students enjoyed reading books about puppies and monsters. They made crafts, played and borrowed wonderful picture books. Mrs Luke enjoyed teaching Prep some funny songs.
Prep students have also enjoyed listening to pirate stories. Students thought the story ‘Pirates Love Underpants’ was very, very funny. They then made their own pirate hats and found some sparkly treasure to decorate them. Prep are really enjoying discovering and borrowing new stories.
Stage One read ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy’ by Oliver Jeffers. Students loved looking carefully at the illustrations and finding out about what happens to Henry the boy who ate books. Students talked together about the books we love to read and then created their own tiny book eating portraits. Mrs Luke was impressed with the persistence students showed in attempting such a tricky drawing.
Stage Three have been engaged in creating dream jars inspired by Roald Dahl’s BFG on their favourite picture and chapter books. Students created their own blurbs as the label for the jars and then designed and coloured an illustration to reflect the story. We are looking forward to seeing their finished work in an amazing display in the library.
Mrs Helen Luke
Junior School Teacher Librarian
Senior School Library
“The book led him to an extraordinary building where many books apparently “nested”. Morris slowly walked inside and discovered the most mysterious and inviting room he had ever seen. It was filled with the fluttering of countless pages, and Morris could hear the faint chatter of a thousand different stories, as if each book was whispering an invitation to adventure.” (From: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce.
The Senior School Library Team hopes that this year, our Senior Library will (continue to) be a mysterious, yet inviting room, that promises reading adventures and discoveries as the students continue their journeys as readers. Our aim is to match readers with books, helping our students to find books that will kindle and nurture a love for lifelong reading. More importantly, we want to give them the skills and desire to ultimately do this independently. We pursue this through inquiries into reader identity, book talks, author inquiries, literature circles, personalised book recommendations, time for browsing and checking out books. We want our students to experience the magic that happens when we read, how it helps us to understand ourselves, each other, and the world around us.
We see it as our responsibility to provide a library space and resources – both physical and virtual – that promote diversity and inclusion; that bring about a sense of community among readers and learners.
Recently the Year 7 Science Classes spent time in the library exploring science related non-fiction texts. The students engaged in a discussion focusing on features of non-fiction texts and listened in earnest to a read aloud “On a beam of Light”: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne. This simple yet beautiful story of Einstein’s life ignited a spark of curiosity and wonder from both the students and staff.