We have moved to our brand-new school were the Learning Resource Centre is placed within the heart of our school community and has become an even more popular place to be. With over 4,000 books, a selection of magazines, First News newspapers, The Day online digital newspaper, 14 PCs and 16 laptops, we have something to offer students of all year groups.
All students will be provided with a login and introduced to our online library catalogue, AccessIt. All students are encouraged to make book suggestions and orders, so we can stock a quality Library were students engage with reading for pleasure, as well as reading for learning. Books can be borrowed for two weeks at a time and can be renewed at any time at the LRC information desk.
Each September students are welcome to apply to be a Student Librarian. This is a fun and educational position that teaches teamwork, organisation, public speaking and responsibility. Our Student Librarians play a very important role within the school community promoting the love of reading for both pleasure and learning.
All year groups will be able to visit the library in an allocated tutor time. During tutor visits, students are to return completed books, choose new books, read, and quiz on Accelerated Reader.
The LRC runs a ‘Reading Challenge’ open to students in year 7 and 8. All students are encouraged to quiz, write reviews of books they read both in the Library and at home in order to support their year group with how many words read and to gain Achievement Points.
We use Accelerated Reader (AR) which is a reading management and monitoring programme that aims to foster independent reading. The internet-based software assesses reading age, and suggests books that match pupils' needs and interests as well as challenging the student along their reading journey. Pupils take computerised quizzes on the books and earn AR points as they progress, which also means prizes.
In addition, there are clubs, programs and competitions that students can take advantage of in the LRC throughout the year as well as author visits in person or via Skype.
Mrs Jones, Book of the Term...
ORPHANS OF THE TIDE – Struan Murray
The breath-taking fantasy adventure. The City was built on a sharp mountain that jutted improbably from the sea, and the sea kept trying to claim it back. That grey morning, once the tide had retreated, a whale was found on a rooftop. When a mysterious boy washes in with the tide, the citizens believe he's the Enemy - the god who drowned the world - come again to cause untold chaos. Only Ellie, a fearless young inventor living in a workshop crammed with curiosities, believes he's innocent. But the Enemy can take possession of any human body and the ruthless Inquisition are determined to destroy it forever. To save the boy, Ellie must prove who he really is - even if that means revealing her own dangerous secret . . .