Resource Centre

​​​Welcome

St Vincent's Library staff extend a warm welcome to all students, parents and staff.

St Vincent’s Resource Centre aims to encourage an appreciation of literature and reading.  We strive to have a varied selection of reading materials and resources designed to suit the needs and interests of the children.

Library Staff

Teacher Librarian: Mrs Therese Brennan

School Officer: Mrs Adrienne Cannard

Opening Times

The library is open from 8:30am, at second lunch break (except Wednesday) and after school until 3:30pm. Students can borrow during these times unless library staff are unavailable. For example, staff meetings on Tuesday afternoons.

Class Borrowing

Students from Prep to Grade Four borrow on a weekly basis.  They are encouraged to make their own selections. Students and are taught selection strategies such as “The Five Finger Rule” to help them choose books that they are able to read independently. Children may also borrow for the simple pleasure of perusing books of interest.  Students in Grade Five and Six borrow fortnightly.  Due to Covid-19, please be aware that student borrowing limits have changed.

 

Year Level
Borrowing Limits
Borrowing Time
Prep
1 book
One Week
1
1 book
One Week
2
2 books
One Week
3
3 books
One Week
4
4 books
One Week
5
4 books
Two Weeks
6
4 books
Two Weeks


 

As well as allocated borrowing time, students are welcome to borrow before school and at lunch time​.  Borrowing limits/times may be extended on an individual basis through negotiation with library staff.  Books may be borrowed over all school holidays except the Christmas break.

Library Satchels

At St Vincent’s we take great pride and care of our school books.  Library satchels are required by all children to protect the school’s resources.  Lost Library Satchels can be purchased through the Uniform Shop for $10.  

Lost, Misplaced or Damaged Books

At St Vincent’s we are fortunate to have a wonderful library filled with a wide range of titles. If a book is lost or damaged beyond repair, the book must be paid for.  Students are taught, reminded and expected to take care of the books they have borrowed.

As of 2021, replacement costs are $15 for paperback books and $20 for hardback books.  Parents have the option of either paying the amount or sourcing the replacement book themselves.  Final decision is at the discretion of the Classroom Teacher, Principal and /or Teacher Librarian and will depend on each individual set of circumstances.

What do we offer?

St Vincent’s Library has an extensive collection of books both print and online. Teachers have access to a wide range of resources that support the curriculum in teaching and learning.  We are constantly updating our resources in line with the Australian Curriculum.  Students may request resources to be purchased for both educational reasons and/or enjoyment.

Students are encouraged to use the Library Management System called “Oliver” to search and locate library books. “Oliver” also has links to various online programs, clips and educational games that students can use at lunchtime.

Throughout the year there are opportunities for students to celebrate their love of reading.  For example: Lunch time reading, borrowing and returning, Book Week, The Premier’s Reading Challenge, Readers’ Cup, Book Fair and Book Club.

A number of clubs are run througout the year.  Our Pen Pal club writes to students in both Brisbane and Derby, Western Australia.  Book Club provides opportunities to discuss and recommend favourite books, authors and genres.  Grade Six Lunch Club offer creative activities for younger students to make at lunch time.

Scholastic Book Club is offered during Terms 1, 2 and 3.  Parents place orders online and cash is not accepted.  Book Fair is held in Term 4. This is a wonderful way to end the school year and to celebrate a love of reading with your child/ren.

For any enquires or concerns, please email Therese at tbrennan@bne.catholic.edu.au

Yours in reading,

Therese Brennan

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