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Library news


Over the past 18 months the school library has had a significant facelift. We began slowly with new furniture that provided spaces for students to relax. 

These included somewhere for students to sit comfortably to read, talk with friends, plan and prepare group work activities.

Soft furnishings make the reading areas comfortable.

At the same time the mezzanine senior student area was brought alive with contemporary and colourful desks and chairs.

These changes have been so warmly welcomed that each term we have continued to make further improvements which have included:

·        Benches for students to stand and use laptops alongside readily accessible power points

·        Stools for students to sit on

·        Printers for students to print assessment tasks (black and white only)

·        Curved low shelving for fiction books

And then there are the books…

Late 2016 we subscribed to add eBooks to our collection. This collection continues to grow each year providing students with the opportunity to access something to read anytime, anywhere.

The big change is related to culling hundreds and hundreds of out-dated non-fiction and relocating those that survived in different sections of the library.

And then the biggest change of all is the ongoing move to ‘genrify’ the entire fiction collection. We have chosen the most popular genres that best describe the collection and are in the process of placing a genre sticker on each book – a huge job! In addition we have lots of books on display grouped in the nominated genre. Students seem to like this way of advertising the books we have and it often means they can easily pursue their current reading passions.

The genres we have chosen are:

  • Adventure.
  • Autobiography/Biography.
  • Classic novels.
  • Culture and Diversity.
  • Fantasy
  • Graphic Novels
  • Historical fiction.
  • Horror.
  • Humour.
  • Indigenous understanding.
  • Mystery.
  • Science fiction.
  • Short stories.
  • Teenagers.



 The WISE centre is located in the Library and is co-ordinated by Ms Stuut and Ms Georgie Campbell.

The WISE centre supports students to develop literacy and numeracy skills. 



Blind date with a book !

Display of covered books.

 How powerful is a book cover in attracting you to read a book?

What happens when the seductive and engaging cover of a book is hidden from view? Do you dare to take a risk and take it home with you? Do you read it?

Crowd of students and teachers watching a speech

To launch the new additions to our hard copy fiction collection we invited our best student borrowers along with lots of teachers to join us for some lunch and the temptation of books covered by paper. It was here that we set the challenge to all to have ‘a blind date with a book'.

Two books on a stand.

Many of the books were labelled with their genre or a few words to hint at the story or characters hidden behind the covers.  Others for more mature readers were given a warning sign. Books that were part of a series were also pointed out so that devotees could follow their reading passion. Excitement built until the books were finally released to the students who eagerly lined up to take the plunge and have a ‘blind date with a book'.

A teacher gives a speech to students.

On this occasion we took the opportunity to hear from our own resident novelist – Ms Eva Acharya from the Science faculty who spoke briefly about her journey to being a writer and the connection between reading and good writing.

Photo of students setting a table for lunch.

 Special thanks go to library assistants Mrs June Stepic  and Mrs Julie Skulander who helped with the preparations of the books and the decorating of the library (and some of the food!). Also thanks to Mrs Scott and her Year 11 Hospitality students who catered for the event ensuring everyone had plenty of delicious food.

Mrs Vazquez congratulated the reader/borrower of the term, Bradley Scully, who borrowed 17 books. He was presented with a certificate and will soon choose his book award.

Ms Powell, Ms Hennessy, Mrs Garcia McCabe



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