The Library at the Senior School aims to support all teaching and learning within the school using the broad range of resources available in print and online.Succeeding through reading is crucial to all pupils, as the ability to read both, to entertain and to learn, can have considerable influence on our lives and the choices we make.There are over 35,000 resources available in the library to support all areas of the curriculum. These include Fiction and Non Fiction, Periodicals, Revision Guides, Text Books, Audio Books and Dvd’s. Electronic resources are also widely used. Kindles are available to students in Year 10 and above and we are proud of a superbly appointed Mac Suite of 24 dual boot computers and a highly impressive 84inch interactive display screen for teaching and presentation purposes.At the heart of the Library is Eclipse, the library catalogue system. Students are encouraged to use Eclipse for searching and researching within the Library. Furthermore, the catalogue can be searched from any computer within the school.A team of dedicated Library Prefects and Student Librarians assist the Librarians before school and during break times.
The Senior Library is spacious and well equipped to cope with the increasing demands of students and teachers. Students routinely use the Library for project work and special assignments. Students are actively encouraged to use the library for recreational purposes and it has become a very popular destination at lunchtimes and before school.
The Post 16 area is more than able to cater for the learning and university needs of our older students, with books in all subject areas for both A Level and IB. There are 5 computers available solely for the use of the Post 16 students.
Library and Information skills are taught by the Librarians to all Year 7 students during a weekly 40 minute lesson. The programme involves explanatory presentations and practical activities designed to develop a basic understanding of how a library works. Reading, plays a significant part of these lessons and students are encouraged to explore reading materials of different genres and styles.
The Library is very much at the hub of Learning at St Chris and it continues to grow and support the reading and learning needs of all ages.