Every day of the year, boys in their droves make their way to their library; spaces which have been designed specifically for them. Once there they can be seen working on an individual project or a group task, reading quietly, coding a new adventure or creating their own Lego beast.
Boys in Years 5 and 6 visit the Middle School Library and those in Years 7 and 8 go to the Centenary Media Library. Each space has carefully selected print materials designed to support the curriculum as well as open our boys' minds to new worlds through both fiction and non-fiction. Our library website offers 24/7 access to online resources which are curated by library staff. During classes, teachers and teacher librarians work collaboratively to ensure necessary skills are taught to assist boys in becoming independent and responsible users of information.
Outside of classes, the libraries offer opportunities for boys to develop new skills. The Lunch Bunch, Inside Story Book Club and Lunchbox Club are weekly offerings focusing on a variety of activities ranging from book discussions to robotics to stop motion animation. Boys in Years 5 and 6 are given the opportunity to develop leadership skills by becoming a library monitor for a term or longer.
Students have the opportunity to participate in Readers Cup and visit a variety of literature festivals. The library staff also organises major events throughout the year, in particular, Book Week in which the entire Middle School is involved in celebrating the power of reading through a variety of ever popular lunchtime activities and author events. Other projects such as a term's focus on manga or a week to celebrate the life and works Roald Dahl are typical activities you can find running in both the Middle School libraries during any visit throughout the year.