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The Junior School Library provides curriculum based resources, literature and recreational materials in a variety of formats which support the continually changing needs of the Junior School community. Students and staff have access to a broad fiction and non-fiction collection with an international perspective designed to support the Primary Years Programme. Special interest collections in both print and electronic formats are also available. The periodical and graphic novel collection is a developing collection that covers a range of academic and general interests.
The Junior School Library caters for classes (P- 6) to browse, read, interact and undertake research. The students have access to desktop and laptop computers during the school day. There is also a reading area (known as The Reading Pit) with an interactive whiteboard (IWB) and visualiser designed to enhance the learning and teaching experience.
There are continuously changing displays featuring student work and learning, photos, author information, coming events, special themes and student monitor designed displays. Students are able to view a showcase of their work and their interactions on the Visual Computer utilising both digital still and video formats.
Computers and printers are available, along with network access points. These are accessible throughout the school day. Students can also connect to the school network via wireless access. Both black and white and colour photocopying is available.
The Junior School Library is staffed with a full-time Teacher Librarian who is fully involved in curriculum development, teaching and training across the Junior School. In addition, the Junior School library has a full-time Library Technician who oversees the borrowing and processing of resources. Specific user guides, resource lists and feature resources are available for all users.
The library staff assists students to become independent inquirers and to construct their own learning. Information literacy skills and life-long learning is actively taught in conjunction with IB’s Learner Profile and Attitudes.
The Junior School Library actively promotes reading and literature through a variety of reading programs and promotion of new literature. Students have the opportunity to experience visiting authors and illustrators during the year. Each class (P-6) has a 30 minute borrowing session once a week led by their class teacher.
Library Use and Borrowing
At the beginning of each year students and parents sign a Library User Agreement that outlines rights and responsibilities.
Most resources are available for 1 week loan and are renewable. Depending on the year level up to four resources may be borrowed at any one time. Magazines are for use for students in Yr 3 - 6.Students are informed when they have an item overdue. They will not be permitted to borrow if there is an item outstanding. Lost items need to be replaced so borrowing rights can be resumed.
Library Use Agreement for Students