News from the Arthur Holt Library

With the end of the term in sight, we’ve started winding down the Year 7 Wide Reading Program. The final lesson sees the boys write a review of the book that they borrowed from the Arthur Holt Library’s collection. They need to think about the reasons why they chose the book they did, their expectations when they started reading it and anything that surprised them in their reading journey.

These reviews will be posted on the Library Catalogue where they might help guide the choices of both current and future students of the Middle School. It’s a great way of giving the boys access to recommendations from their peers, which has been proven in a number of studies to encourage reading among high school students. It also provides an authentic audience for their work, something which evidence has shown increases their engagement in the task and gives their work a greater sense of agency.

Of course, the end of the Wide Reading Program does not mean the end of the boys’ reading adventures here at Trinity. Mrs Nolan will be popping into every class to sign the boys up to the 2021 Premier’s Reading Challenge. This State-wide initiative is designed to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students and to expose them to a diverse range of quality, age-appropriate literature. It’s a challenge after our own hearts.

“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”

– Roald Dahl

Stefanie Gaspari | Director of Library Services

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