News from The Arthur Holt Library

As we wind down the term, it has become customary for The Arthur Holt Library to create an infographic to record any key events and track how our resources are being used across the school community. Of course, in a normal term, we might look at borrowing statistics, or the number of classes who enjoyed our space – but, as we’re all aware, this term was anything but normal. So, instead of the numbers, we’ve led with some of the projects we completed to support the School and its students through these unusual times.

First and foremost is our co-teaching. This term we were able to deliver our wide-reading programme to Year 7 and support the IB Diploma Programme boys in their planning for their Extended Essays – all via remote learning. We also delivered lessons to the HSC Extension English students and to those students preparing for their Maths IAs.

To better support those students involved in independent research tasks, we also redesigned our Digital Resources page on our Canvas course. Relevant databases can now be found via subject-specific buttons, which we hope will help the boys to find the information they need more efficiently.

We’ve also put together a new Academic Scholarship Module that shares resources, scaffolds and lesson plans, with teachers looking to design research-based projects and give advice, help and guidance for any students currently engaged in them.

With face-to-face events out of the question, we also had to find some creative ways to use our guest speakers for Science Week and set a Reading Challenge that would remind staff and the wider community of the benefits a good book can bring in these trying times.

All in all, a successful term! Although we are very much looking forward to seeing everyone back on site before Christmas.

“A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.”

– Samuel Johnson

Andrea O’Driscoll | Teacher Librarian

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