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Magill School

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Resource Centre

The centre is a happy, enjoyable and rich informative learning area of the school. We as librarians are keen to foster in students an appreciation of literature and information technology.

The students have access to a wide variety of up to date fiction, non-fiction resources (both in print and screen based texts) and use digital technologies.

Both teacher/librarians work in conjunction with classroom programmes particularly the Australian Curriculum – History and Geography across the year levels. The programmes are very much ICT based.

The Premiers Reading Challenge is an important focus where teachers, parents and students work together for student’s success.

Some background information about the Premiers Reading Challenge

  • It starts at the beginning of the school year and concludes on the first Friday of September.
  • Students’ who participate in the PRC are required to read 12 books from the PRC booklist at the appropriate literacy level for each student and are encouraged to challenge themselves and to dig deep and read more.
  • The books are additional to the class reading materials.
  • Each year the students receive an award for their reading efforts. The awards are as follows
First year Certificate
Second year Bronze medal
Third year Silver medal
Fourth year Gold medal
Fifth year Champion medal
Sixth year Legend medal
Seventh year Hall of Fame medal
Eighth Year Hall of Fame Reader for Life award

At Magill School for the early years students there are a number of ways they can complete the Challenge 

  • read the book by themselves OR
  • aloud with somebody else OR
  • another person reads the book and the child retells the story and discusses the pictures and the meaning of the story

Premier's Reading Challenge

For the older students the Challenge is about reading for meaning and gaining knowledge about new authors and challenging themselves.

Parents play an important role in developing young people’s awareness and appreciation of literature. You are always welcome to support your children in choosing books to read at home to support their interests, literacy skills and development.

2017 Resource Centre highlights

Author visits

June - Michael Panckridge 3-7

August - Tanya Batt R-2

August is a time to celebrate all things books and Bookweek

The Resource Centre will also be having a Scholastic Bookfair and the dates are 29th May – 2nd June

Anne Gilligan & Debbie Knott
Teacher/Librarians