St Andrew’s Anglican College Library strives to create an environment in which students are provided with positive and enriching experiences whilst gaining the skills of independent research, strategies of lifelong learning and an appreciation for and enjoyment of literature. The Library is located in our new purpose building The Learning Hub in the centre of the College campus.
- Provides for resource based teaching and learning in all curriculum areas
- Encourages the development of the skills of independent research and lifelong learning
- Caters for the individual reading needs of the students of St Andrew’s Anglican College
- Promotes a love of reading and literature
All Primary Classes attend the Library on a weekly basis. Years 7, 8 and 9 English classes also spend one lesson per week in the library selecting from and enjoying the high quality collection of titles.
Along with Children’s Book Week and Readers’ Cup, the St Andrew’s Library participates in a range of activities and events that support and encourage a love of reading. These include Premier’s Reading Challenge, author workshops, Grandparents’ Day Donate a Book Scheme, Redgum Bookclub, Mobile Library Van visits, research tutoring and fun competitions such as Caught Reading and Reading Bingo.
The Library is open every day from 7.30am to 5pm.
Secondary school students may access the Library after school for the purpose of research and completion of homework. Primary students may also visit the library before school and during breaks. After school Primary students in Year 5 and 6 are welcome to use the library, younger year levels are also welcome under direct parent supervision.
The Library can be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Readers’ Cup competitions encourage students to read more and to sample authors, series and genre that will broaden their reading experiences. The process of reading to prepare for the competition increases students’ literacy skills such as comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. Research has shown that children and adolescents who are regular readers also benefit in other areas such as increased empathy, general knowledge, problem solving and creativity.
Students form teams of four and read a prescribed set of books over a period of weeks/months. On competition day teams are quizzed on the contents of the books. The winning teams from each Year level go on to represent St Andrew’s in the Sunshine Coast Interschool Readers’ Cup competitions.
In 2015 all Year 5 and Year 6 students took part in a St Andrew’s Readers’ Cup competition as part of their English curriculum. A total of 92 Secondary students took part in a Readers’ Cup competition during 2015 which is especially significant as participation in the Year 7, 8 and 9 competitions is optional. It is wonderful to see students striving to improve their skills by stepping up to a Readers’ Cup challenge. Literacy and teamwork skills are improved and students also experience the satisfaction of setting and reaching personal development goals.
Children’s Book Week is a yearly event conducted by The Children’s Book Council of Australia to celebrate reading and literature for children and adolescents. During Book Week the Book of the Year winners are announced in each category and schools run a variety of events to promote and celebrate reading.
One of St Andrew’s most popular and enjoyable whole school events is the annual Book Week Dress Up Day and celebration assembly. The Year 5 and Year 7 Readers’ Cup finals are also held during this week. In 2017 we will recommence the Author in Residence program where two high quality authors conduct presentations with primary and lower secondary students. Previous visiting authors have included Pat Flynn, Nette Hilton, Mark Svensdon, Dave Hackett, Brian Falkner, Steph Boye and Peter Carnavas.