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Junior Library

The Junior Library provides a calm, quiet and comfortable haven where students are actively encouraged to develop a love of reading.
Children learn independence in library usage, enhance their research skills and have access to resources which support the school curriculum.
The library is kept interesting and up-to-date with a mixture of comtemporary and classic fiction.
It is a safe, warm and friendly environment where all are welcome.

General Information

Opening hours:

  • 8.15am – 4pm weekdays
  • Open before school, at morning break and lunchtime – for reading, homework and quiet board games.
  • Year 2 – Year 9 (6 - 13 year olds) use the library for 1 period each week as part of the English curriculum.


  • Students and staff are welcome to borrow from the Junior Library.
  • Students may borrow 1 book at a time for a 2 week period.
  • DVDs and audio books are loaned for 1 week.
  • Loans may be renewed on request.
  • Students may take out 2 books and an audio book/DVD for all holidays (except the Summer holiday where all loans are returned for annual stocktake).
  • No fines are imposed for overdue books. All lost books, however, must be replaced or paid for.
  • Librarians are available to guide and monitor selection of books.
  • Books may be reserved on request.


  • There are approximately 11,000 fiction and non-fiction books, audio-books and DVDs in the Junior Library (of which, 70% of stock is fiction).
  • Fiction is located in transitional sections beginning with Picture Books, Quick Reads, Junior Fiction and Senior Fiction.
  • New books are displayed separately before being assimilated into the library.
  • Suggestions for new books are welcomed.
  • Computer facilities are available for students and staff use.
  • An e-book reader, with hundreds of stories on it, is available for use within the library.

Regular Activities

Word of the Day
A new word is selected every day from books in the library. Children are encouraged to look up the meaning in a dictionary.

Free bookmarks are provided to encourage care of books.

A staff member animatedly reads a story to Prep students each Thursday break during the Autumn and Spring terms. 

Buddy Reading
Senior students are paired with selected Prep pupils to provide support and monitor their reading progress each week. This system provides benefits for both the child as well as the seniors involved.

Book Clubs
A lunchtime activity held each Thursday. Open to Year 4 to 7 (8 – 11 year olds). Students read a wide range of stories, participate in active discussions and write book reviews. 

Annual Events

  • Christmas Book Fair - usually held late November. A large selection of children's books is for sale. The proceeds go towards the purchase of new resources for the library.
  • Book Swap - World Book Day event, on the first Thursday in March. Proceeds are donated to improve literacy in poor communities overseas.
  • Dads' Reading Morning – Period 1, one morning in June. Two fathers from each class volunteer to read selected short stories or extracts to the children. A very popular event.
  • Author and Poet Visits – Popular children's authors/poets occasionally visit the school to inspire the children to read and extend their writing skills. Some recent visiting authors include Melvin Burgess, Piers Torday and Frank Gardner.
  • A Night at the Library - a Friday evening in June, filled with fun activities and hot choclate for the whole of Year 4 (8 year olds).  Not to be missed.
  • Second-hand Bookstall at Summer Fair – A Saturday, near end of school year. Large range of donated fiction (children and adults) available at bargain prices for everyone's summer reading enjoyment.
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