The LRC is open between 8.00am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday and is staffed by a Librarian and Literacy Teacher.
Students may borrow two reading books for up to two weeks. The loan period can be extended by a further week at a time on request to the Librarian. Lost, damaged or unreturned books may incur a penalty charge to cover replacement of the title and an administrative fee.
The LRC also offers a selection of student newspapers, other news publications and access to a variety of language dictionaries.
The LRC is equipped with computers to help students with homework, coursework or to take Accelerated Reader book quizzes. The Librarian is on hand to help students with access to their educational computer resources, can help with passwords, printing and stationary for homework and classwork.
The LRC is also used as a quiet study area for 6th formers and an additional teaching space for 1:1 or small group tuition. It also acts as the main hub for Literacy lessons, reading competitions and other literary activities throughout the school, such as the twice-weekly, after-school Reading Club.
All Year 7 and Year 8 students at SJBC are enrolled on the Accelerated Reader for Students programme, which monitors and manages independent reading practice while promoting reading for pleasure. A student reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Students respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills.
We recommend that students complete a quiz within 48 hours of finishing the book and we would ideally like students to read at least 12 books across the school year to ensure they maintain and develop their reading skills.
The Librarian helps students to select books appropriate to their interests as well as seeking to challenge them; monitoring their progress in vocabulary growth and literacy skills.
The school's recommended reading list can be found here: Recommended Reading List 2019-2020 and a guide to titles by reading ability level here: Book Guide By Ability
(We take care to ensure that the majority of these titles are readily available from the Library)
Pupils can log in here: Accelerated Reader for Students to take quizzes at home.
Parents can see how many quizzes your child has completed and their scores by logging in here: Accelerated Reader for Parents and there is a handy, step-by-step guide to logging in and taking quizzes here: Step By Step Guide
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