Last Updated 10/03/2023
Library/Resource Centre Borrowing
The library supports the development of research skills in all students. Students can borrow from our large range of library resources in English or French during library lesson times with their class teacher or independently, using library passes.
Reception to Year 2 students are encouraged to purchase a book bag to safely bring their books to and from home.
All students are encouraged to use the computer borrowing system independently to search for specific titles, authors and subject matter as well as to borrow and return their books electronically.
Our library books can be borrowed for up to two weeks but can be exchanged every day.
R-2 students can borrow 3 books at a time.
Yr 3-4 students can borrow 4 books at a time.
Yr 5-6 students can borrow 5 books at a time.
Levelled reading books can be borrowed in addition to these limits.
Students can use the library on selected days at lunch time, to play games, draw, borrow and read.
The library is also open for borrowing most Mondays to Fridays before school at 8:30am-8:50am and after school from 3:15pm-3:55pm. Parents are welcome to help their children select and borrow books at these times.
Book Week is held in Term 3 each year. It is when we celebrate our amazing Australian authors, literature, reading and writing. We usually have a whole school assembly and the staff and students dress up as book characters.
Premier’s Reading Challenge
Students are encouraged to take part in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Students are asked to read eight books from the Premier’s Reading Challenge list and the other four books can be the student’s choice. The Premier’s Reading Challenge books are easy to find in our library collection as they have a Premier’s Reading Challenge sticker on their spine.
Students in Reception and Year 1 may complete the Challenge supported by their class teacher.
Class teachers of students in year 2 to year 6 will give a Student Reading Record to their students to fill in and return to their class teacher when they’ve completed the Challenge.
The Challenge begins in January and ends in September. You can find out more about the Premier’s Reading Challenge at their website.
Rally e Lecture
Students in the Bilingual French Program can access both the Premier’s Reading Challenge and Highgate School’s own “Rally e Lecture” as an additional reading challenge with French texts. This French challenge ends in November each year.
The library also has The Glass Room meeting space and two large screens for classes to use. The spaces have been designed to support whole class, small group and independent research, by including large tables as well as comfortable reading nooks.
The library recognises a range of international celebrations, such as ANZAC Day, International Women’s Day and NAIDOC Week through various book collections and interactive information displays. In addition, it supports the curriculum, by providing classes with books which enrich students’ inquiries and general knowledge.
Highgate School includes access to an ebook collection (which includes a translation facility) and other online research materials such as World Book.