Resource Centre News_3Mar

Written on the 6 March 2017 by Ms Rose Sgro

We have had a very hectic start to the year in the Library. Ms Calton and I have been without another staff member for several weeks as Mrs Sue Grooby retired at the end of last year.

We have been busy adding new students to the network and library management system, issuing textbooks for Years 8, 9 and 10 students, processing new Maths textbooks from Years 8 to 12, take-home and guided readers for the Receptions to Year 4's plus the busy daily grind of the happenings in the Library. We have been fortunate enough to have both Mrs Grooby and Mrs Harvey come in for some casual work to help assist in completing jobs.

We have also been very fortunate to have Mrs Kathy Sampson come in and undertake some volunteer work. Kathy has had over 20 years of experience in working in library environments and has been our saviour. Kathy has covered hundreds of books for us in the last four weeks which has enabled Ms Calton and me to then focus our attention on other jobs.

This week we have been able to welcome Eleonore De Inno to the team. Eleonore has had many years of experience in working in school libraries. In the last several years Eleonore has been working at Thomas More College as well as at Nazareth and Loreto Colleges. Her vast array of skills, experience and knowledge will further add to our team. We hope she enjoys her year.

The Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) has begun. Students from Reception to Year 10 are involved in the Challenge. Students have received their record reading sheets and are required to read 12 books by the end of Term 3. Many of the in-class novels the students' study are on the list. If students are borrowing reading material from Public Libraries or have their own book collections and are unsure if the book they are reading is on the list they can head to the PRC website and undertake a search. If students require another record reading sheet this too can be accessed from the website.

Towards the end of last year, we purchased some board and card games for the students to play with during recess and lunch. Many students have taken up this opportunity to test their wits at playing Connect 4, Jenga or Uno. It's also great to see many of the students across year levels playing with one another.

We continue to have many students utilise the space for completing homework, reading and generally to come in for a chat during break times. We have also set up a 'Makers Space' for those students who would like to try their hand at making something or being creative. Currently, we have drawing activities; make your own bookmarks, origami and paper planes. Being creative or following written and diagrammatic instructions enable students to practise these skills as well as giving them a chance to 'chill out'.

Lastly, a reminder that 'Homework Club' operates Monday to Thursday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. If students require assistance with schoolwork, there are staff and senior students who are available to assist them.

Ms Rose SgroAuthor: Ms Rose Sgro
About: Ms Rose Sgro is the Resource Centre Coordinator

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