Our library provides a social space to meet, collaborate, research, learn, share, and relax. The staff work to develop a reading culture and raise the levels of information literacy across the school by leading students through processes which empower them to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers and skillful, efficient and discerning researchers.
The Oliver library management system, together with the ACEN digital library provide 24/7 access to a wealth of authentic, authoritative, age appropriate resources to specifically meet student and staff needs.
Resources include fiction and non-fiction books, ebooks, audiobooks, videos, journals, encyclopaedias, articles, websites, learning objects, CDs and DVDs.
At St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School Sutherland, our library is not only a place for reading and borrowing a wide range of books but it is also a flexible learning space as well as a centre for before school, lunchtime and co-curricular activities.
What else goes on in our school library?
- Engagement in the annual Premier’s Reading Challenge: The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and enjoyment in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature.
- Participation in the school’s Early Bird Reading program: This before school program aims at giving children an opportunity to practise their reading, talking and listening skills as either reader or tutor. It relies on students helping each other under the supervision of a trained reading teacher.
- Celebration of Book Week and the school’s Book Fair: Each year across Australia, the Children’s Book Council of Australia brings children and books together celebrating Book Week. During this time we celebrate Australian children’s literature through book character parades and displays.
- Teaching of small groups and intervention classes: Targeted assistance is provided, utilising technology, specialised displays and concrete materials to work with specific groups of students.