News from The Arthur Holt Library

As always, it was great to see the students return this week. Equally welcome was the news that we will be returning to face-to-face learning in the coming weeks. Our librarians have been busy preparing the library space for this momentous event and, of course, stocking up on all the latest releases.

A few highlights are ‘A Brief History of Motion’ by acclaimed journalist Tom Standage; the first instalment in a new fantasy trilogy ‘Dark Rise’ by C.S. Pacat; and the latest from Liane Moriarty, ‘Apples Never Fall’. Speaking as someone who has been relying on their Kindle for the entirety of lockdown, I can’t wait to get my hands on a ‘real’ book again.

We also kicked off the Year 10 Independent Projects this week. Designed as an elective to help the boys prepare for the extended research projects that await them in Years 11 and 12, the boys will be given eight weeks to research, plan and prepare a project of their choosing. The only requirement is that they align with one of three broad topic areas: health and wellbeing; 2021; and sustainability.

This week, the library led a workshop on ideation, where we helped the boys to generate ideas around each of the three topic areas and to focus those topics ready to start some preliminary research next week. We can’t wait to see them develop their ideas.

There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favourite book.

— Marcel Proust

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