The newly refurbished Sophia Library has evolved into a vibrant hub for learning, information access, reading promotion and social interaction within our College community. Instead of one large open space, the Library is now a series of interconnected learning zones which cater for different learning needs and activities.
The innovative design allows for students to work independently in quiet zones, participate in whole class or group activities, and engage in silent reading. It is a place that is fluid and adapts to the technological changes and the needs of our students and teachers. Our aim is to make positive contributions to student literacy and learning outcomes.
We recognise our key role in supporting and enhancing the students’ recreational reading and promoting a reading culture. This includes:
- A Year 7 and 8 Wider Reading program to further develop an enjoyment of reading enrichment and multiple literacies.
- Developing the imagination of students with a diverse fiction collection.
- Sustaining the habit and enjoyment of reading.
- Exposure to a variety of authors, with an emphasis on local writers.
- A forum where students freely discuss texts
- Promoting literature and the worlds it connects.
- Developing a physical and digital collection that is heavily driven by student recommendations and interests.
- Celebrating literature during ‘Literacy and Library Week’ and the College Book Club
The Library at St Columba’s is also committed to fostering and developing the information literacy skills essential to life-long learning through:
- Creating dynamic and engaging learning physical and virtual spaces. (Think Tank, Research Zones, Reading Amphitheatre and Library Webpage)
- Facilitating access to information and diverse resources in a secure environment
- Developing a balanced digital and physical resources collection.
- Providing equitable access to relevant quality resources that support the Australian Curriculum and student inquiry.
- Providing opportunities for whole class research, small group collaborations and private study.
- Facilitating year 7-12 classes to guide students through the Research Process
The Library is open to students Monday - Thursday 7:45am – 4:30pm and Friday 7:45am – 4pm.