It’s been wonderful hearing all about the reading you did over the holidays. Thank you to everyone who has already brought back all their holiday books, please keep them coming in. Borrowing from and accessing the Junior School and Gawura Library
Classes this year will have 15 minutes for browse and borrow every week.
Kindergarten can borrow 1 book (in term 1 as they settle in)
Years 1 and 2 can borrow up to 3 books
Years 3 and 4 can borrow up to 4 books
Years 5 and 6 can borrow up to 5 books
Of course, if you make use of the library outside of the scheduled class time you can borrow and return up to these limits as often as you like during the week. The library will be open on Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings before school and all lunchtimes.
The collections and who can access what?
Infants and years 3 and 4 can borrow books from the picture book, junior fiction, non-fiction, magazine and graphic novel collections. Junior fiction has a wonderful selection of titles perfect for all primary school aged students right up to year 6, including challenge and extension reads.
Years 5 and 6 have an extension collection that they can also borrow from. These are shelved separately and labelled with yellow owls (called the OWL collection). These titles have been written with older readers in mind and have content that isn't appropriate for younger students. Students in the younger years won't be able to borrow from this collection and will be suitably challenged and engaged by the titles in the junior fiction and graphic novel collections.
We also have a collection of titles just for our Year 6 students who are looking for that something extra. It's a growing collection that has titles from each of our genres. These titles have been selected to further extend our year 6 students and include the sorts of books students are going to find in the Middle School library. It is a great transitional collection just for year 6.
Donations to the library
The library welcomes donations of books that are in good condition. If we can't add them to our library, we will either hang onto them for the Great Book Swap run to help the Indigenous Literacy Foundation later in the year or add them to the growing D.E.A.R. collections in each open area.
The need for students to be highly skilled researchers and to be academically honest is increasing. So, in addition to the 15 minutes of browse and borrow time, each class will have an additional ½ hour of class time dedicated to the further development of these skills. During this time the class teacher and I will work across a variety of KLAs to give students the opportunity to learn and practice these valuable, life-long skills.
Library monitors in 2019
We are looking for responsible students in Stage 2 and 3 who love the library and who are prepared to commit to keeping it a brilliant space in 2019. We’ve changed the process this year for becoming a library monitor. Like any leadership role it is a whole year commitment.
If you’d like to be considered for the role then please write an application (1 paragraph which includes your name and class) explaining why you should be a monitor and give it to Mrs Paul.
“Everyone is a reader, some just haven’t found their favourite book yet.” – Anonymous
Information and Digital Literacy Coordinator JS and GS