‘The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of the past centuries. It is a basic tool in the living of a good life’. The school has a rich library with more than 5000 books to help students develop good reading habits. It caters to all kinds of interest and needs of the students as well as the teachers.The purpose of your school library is to help every member of your school community — students, staff, families and whānau — gain new knowledge, skills, and dispositions for learning and personal development that they will use throughout their lives.
Our school library encourages curiosity, innovation and problem-solving. It is integral to the cultural and social life of the school. The school library is a central point for all kinds of reading, cultural activities, access to information, knowledge building, deep thinking and lively discussion.
Research shows the significant difference well-resourced libraries can make to student learning outcomes.
Enriching teaching and learning programmes
The school library is uniquely positioned to take a school- and curriculum-wide view of resourcing and technology for learning. Library staff are valuable members of curriculum planning and instruction teams within the school. They have a broad knowledge of inquiry models, information texts and tools, and literature to suit students at all levels. They also work with individual staff and students to understand their particular information or reading needs, then help them access the materials they need.
Supporting literacy and reading
School libraries are places for learning and thinking. They play a key role in supporting and developing literacy and the enjoyment of reading. As Joy Cowley writes, 'A sanctuary, a mine of treasure, a house of maps to secret lives in secret worlds … – the library became my other home.'
Valuing your unique school community
The library is an integral part of the cultural and social life of your school. It can be a central point for people to read, join in cultural activities, and access information.
School libraries bring information together
School libraries are unique but they're also part of a much wider information landscape. The school library has connections with other libraries and can use them to access information on behalf of your learners.
The benefits of these connections with other libraries include:
1. providing access to more sources of print and digital materials to support reading and inquiry learning
2. offering support for whole families to improve reading and literacy skills, and confidence
3. improving achievement through involvement in other library programmes such as public library Summer Reading initiatives which have been shown to reduce the 'summer reading slide', increase literacy levels and help develop a love of reading.