Library

Our school library was formally opened by Seamus Heaney on 16th September 1994. The Neighbourhood Renewal Investment fund enabled extensive refurbishment and modernisation with the creation of our Reading Room.

The library is open at registration time and at break and lunch times. English teachers take all Key Stage Three classes to the library on a weekly or fortnightly basis to borrow books and/or audio-books.

The library’s computer software programme ECLIPSE means that every pupil has access to their own library account where they can view our library’s impressive stock, see their own account history and reserve or review books.

The library has a vibrant twitter following - @stcatslibrary. Teachers encourage pupils to contribute book reviews or vlogs; we celebrate Accelerated Reading achievements via the twitter feed and we also promote posts of responsibility for GCSE and Sixth Form pupils. It’s a great medium for parents to help children enjoy reading; book award prize-winning lists, Christmas book lists and guidance on reading trends are regularly posted.

Annual Events

  • Roald Dahl Day
  • Halloween Photo/Twitter Competition
  • Calendar Competition
  • Kids Literature Quiz
  • Open Night
  • Story-teller and author’s visit
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Scribblers Club
  • Readers Clubs
  • Book Swaps

 

Only Boys Allowed

Each year, as part of the curriculum theme CULTURE and the English Department’s related learning about the Knowledge About Language, a storyteller visits the library to entertain and educate Year 8. Each pupil in Year 8 is then invited to read the many ghost story books and tales of old irish folklore in the library in preparation for their own re-telling of well-known local story. Scholastic Book FairSixth FormMany Sixth Formers enjoy taking on the responsibility of becoming a Library Assistant which means they assist teachers in opening the library at break and lunch times, get involved with younger pupils at Reading Club and help co-ordinate extra-curricular events, like Open Night and the Kids LIT Quiz preparations. Kindles and other electronic mediums for reading are permitted in the library under the supervision of class teachers.

 

 

BYOD

At registration time, our library is filled with the sound of pupils reading aloud! Sixth Form Reading Buddies work with Key Stage Three pupils, as part of the on the Paired Reading Initiative, modelling and encouraging reading fluency.

The annual Book Fair returned to school in March as an extension of our World Book Day celebrations. Many pupils availed of the book tokens on offer to purchase a book. Once again, it was a huge success raising £869.00 with £500 worth of free books going to our school library!

 

Story-Teller

Each year, as part of the curriculum theme CULTURE and the English Department’s related learning about the Knowledge About Language, a storyteller visits the library to entertain and educate Year 8. Each pupil in Year 8 is then invited to read the many ghost story books and tales of old irish folklore in the library in preparation for their own re-telling of well-known local story. Scholastic Book Fair

The annual Book Fair returned to school in March as an extension of our World Book Day celebrations. Many pupils availed of the book tokens on offer to purchase a book. Once again, it was a huge success raising £869.00 with £500 worth of free books going to our school library!

 

Sixth Form

At registration time, our library is filled with the sound of pupils reading aloud! Sixth Form Reading Buddies work with Key Stage Three pupils, as part of the on the Paired Reading Initiative, modelling and encouraging reading fluency.

Many Sixth Formers enjoy taking on the responsibility of becoming a Library Assistant which means they assist teachers in opening the library at break and lunch times, get involved with younger pupils at Reading Club and help co-ordinate extra-curricular events, like Open Night and the Kids LIT Quiz preparations.

 

BYOD

Kindles and other electronic mediums for reading are permitted in the library under the supervision of class teachers.

 

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