News from The Arthur Holt Library

In our (not so humble) opinion, the Head Master gave an excellent piece of advice to the boys at Quad assembly on Tuesday – he advised them all to read.

When it comes to reading, the reason matters less than the act itself. Read for pleasure, read to learn, read to discover, read to understand. All the evidence suggests that simply by picking up a book and making sense of the words on the page, every boy can improve their literacy outcomes, which will in turn help them to achieve their broader social, academic and vocational goals.

The NSW Education Standards Authority recognises literacy as a general capability in the curriculum because there is a proven link between literacy skills and broader academic attainment. Furthermore, the Government also invests in many reading and writing initiatives because it is aware that a country’s literacy proficiency influences its level of productivity and consequently its future economic potential.

At Trinity Grammar School, our exploration of the research into reading culture in schools began in 2018 when the Library Services team engaged in professional learning led by Dr Margaret Merga, a world-leading researcher in the field. Since then, we have worked hard to develop a series of reading culture initiatives (based on Merga’s research-supported strategies) to support the boys’ reading at school.

We provide access to as broad a range of books as possible. We have organised our physical space to provide opportunities for both silent reading and study along with collaboration and the sharing of ideas. We model good reading habits and encourage every member of staff to do likewise. We encourage and support shared discussion about books and respond readily to areas of student interest. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg!

Of course, our work will never be done. In 2021, we are continuing to consult with researchers on the best ways to improve our existing school-wide reading plan. However, it’s a plan that benefits from everyone’s involvement — students, staff, parents, and others in our community — whether it be by letting us know what books you’d like us to order in, by mirroring some of our reading strategies at home or simply by taking the time to read.

“Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” — Malala Yousafzei

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Stefanie Gaspari | Director of Library Services 

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