Welcome Back Prep and Year 1!
We are delighted to welcome our Prep and Year 1 students back to the library this week.
Orders for Issue 3 of Book Club have now closed. If you placed an order for book club, you will be contacted soon to arrange a pick-up time.
Premier's Reading Challenge
The Premier's Reading Challenge has now commenced! All students are encouraged to participate. More information is available in the latest school and library newsletters.
Our library is open from 8:30am until 3:15pm,
and is staffed by a fully qualified Teacher-Librarian, as well as a full time Library Teaching Assistant.
The library is accessible by classes throughout the day for borrowing and library lessons, and is open for students to access at both lunch breaks.
Students in Prep and Year 1 can borrow 2 books at a time, and can keep these books for 1 week. Students in Year 2 to Year 6 can borrow up to 4 books at a time, and can keep their books for 2 weeks.
Our library provides access to a diverse range of resources for students and staff.
New resources are added continually, with purchases being informed by curriculum needs and student interests. Students, parents and teachers are able to submit suggestions for book purchases via our 'wish list' system.
New resources are promoted to students via library displays, including slideshows and bookshelf displays. New resources are shared with staff through a regular library newsletter, which includes summaries of new books and resources to support the use of these books in the classroom, including discussion questions and activities.
Extra-Curricular activities and reading promotion
Our library provides a number of extra-curricular activities aimed at promoting student reading engagement and engagement within the library space.
Our new makerspace is a creative free space for students to make, design, build and create. Displays and challenges change frequently to provide inspiration, but students are encouraged to use their imaginations and create freely.
The Children's Book Council of Australia's Book Week is a major event for our school and library each year. Students are encouraged to come to school dressed as a favourite book character for our Book Week Character parade, and participate in themed activities in the library in the lead-up to book week eac year. Our library is proud to provide access to the books shortlisted for the CBCA book of the year awards as part of our book week celebrations.
National Simultaneous Storytime
National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Our school is pleased to participate in this great event each year. This year, NSS will be held on Wednesday 27th May.
This year's book is Whitney and Britney, Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford. We have a copy of this book available in our library for students and staff to borrow. During the week of NSS, teachers will also be emailed a digital copy of this book to read with their classes, and a video of the book will be played on the TV in the library at lunch time. Students are encouraged to participate in this fun event!
Premier's Reading Challenge
The Premier's Reading Challenge is an annual state-wide initiative for Queensland state and non-state schools and home-educated students from Prep to Year 9, as well as children (aged up to 5 years) enrolled in an early childhood centre.
The Premier's Reading Challenge aims to improve literacy and encourage children to read for pleasure and learning.
At Chapel Hill State School we are pleased to support and promote this reading initiative.
The library is a very popular space for students to visit at lunch time. Students enjoy using the makerspace, drawing and colouring, playing chess, and of course reading and borrowing books. From time to time we have special events as well, such as competitions and trivia games.