At Bundaberg North State High School, the library plays an important role in developing the whole person, in terms of literacy, lifelong learning and leisure. Reading is at the heart of literacy and all learning, and we continually work to grow our school’s reading culture.
During library lessons with a qualified teacher-librarian, literature is promoted through book reading, and enjoyable, sometimes challenging, guided exploration of texts. Importantly, time is allowed for personal reading. This happens regularly for Year 7, 8 and Year 9 classes, but classes from all year levels may come to the library periodically for such lessons also. We encourage students to make their own reading choices, but advice and help with this is always available. The students’ reading experiences support their developing literacy, thereby encouraging reading as a lifelong pursuit for work, pleasure and information.
The explicit teaching of information and thinking skills forms an important part of the teacher-librarian’s role. These help to build metacognition, or “learning how to learn” skills. The teaching of these skills is integrated into subject areas; they are not taught as discrete skill areas. The development of relevant skills is planned co-operatively by the teacher-librarian and subject teachers. A wide variety of formats is used to aid in the development of transliteracy.
Specific teaching on the arrangement and organisation of our collection, and libraries in general, occurs also. Links to outside institutions, including the Bundaberg Regional Library, the State Library of Queensland and the National Library of Australia are promoted and encouraged.
We strive to make the library a welcoming, stimulating and productive place.
In addition to lesson times, the library is open before school from 8.30 am until 8.45 am for printing or other quick tasks. At lunch-time the library is open for 30 minutes. At these times the library is well used for reading, playing board and card games, doing jigsaw puzzles and completing school work. Desktop computers may be used for school work only, whenever the library is open. Many students bring their laptops into the library for work and leisure. Other activities, such as card making (eg Easter, Mothers’ Day), and other simple craft activities are offered periodically also.
In order to complement the promotion of literature, and the development of information and thinking skills, other activities and events also take place through the library. These activities may include displays, showcasing of student work, Write Across Queensland author visits, excursions to relevant cultural agencies in our area, visits by artists who run hands-on workshops, competitions, Book Week celebrations and debating workshops. The library is the meeting place of the school’s environmental group, the North High Planeteers, and other interest groups are welcome to use it. In 2010, our school fielded a team in the State Final of the Children’s Book Council of Australia Readers’ Cup, which included participation in author workshops in the Wordplay section of the Brisbane Writers’ Festival. Since then Readers’ Cup has become a tradition for Year 8’s and 9’s at this school.
The library boasts a varied collection which includes all areas of non-fiction, reference, and a well loved selection of fiction books. In addition to these, we have many fiction titles in the audio CD format. We also have subscriptions to a wide variety of periodicals ranging from Time Magazine, Choice, ,Vogue, Two Wheels, Triple J ,Mag, Rolling Stone, The Monthly to Cosmos and many more. Other magazines are bought on a regular basis, such as Mad, Girlfriend, Frankie, Guitar, and various comics. Many magazines, books and other items are purchased in response to student requests via our suggestion box. An area of the collection that has been built up on the basis of requests is manga and graphic novels.
Teachers enjoy a wide selection of educational resources to support delivery of the curriculum through our Teacher Resource collection. The collection is developing in line with the Australian Curriculum. Many teacher resource items are housed in staffroom satellite collections, for ease of access. ClickView, the video and resource learning management system, is managed through the library.
Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 may borrow 3 fiction and 3 non-fiction books at a time, for a period of 2 weeks. They may also borrow magazines for one night only. Students in Year 10 may borrow 4 fiction and 4 non-fiction books at a time, and one magazine overnight. Year 11’s and 12’s have the same book borrowing arrangements as Year 10’s, but they may borrow 2 magazines at a time, overnight. Extensions are allowed.
Miss Tracy Hall (teacher-librarian)
Ms Peggy Labenski (teacher aide in the library)