Paralowie R-12 school has a modern and attractive Resource Centre. Students have access to over 70,000 resources, items catalogued can be accessed through student laptops and utilising library staff. Being staffed by two fully qualified teacher librarians, one R-6, one 7-12 and 3 Support Staff, students are fully supported to select relevant and engaging resources.
To support students in finding resources the collection is divided into several categories, following the Dewey decimal system. Junior Fiction, Junior Non-Fiction, series books and Readers. The 7-12 section stocks Young Adolescent Fiction, Non-Fiction, Graphic Novels, Periodicals and daily newspapers. Binding the collection together is our new R-10 literacy Pro (Lexile) collection.
The Resource Centre’s open plan design can accommodate classes in up to 5 different learning areas. Students can work independently in a quiet study area, utilising individual study tables. Qualified teacher librarians are always on duty to support student research, resource selection and support with task analysis.
Students R-6 participate in teacher librarian lead lessons developed in line with ACARA and focussing on and promoting research skills and digital literacy. R-6 students also have access to graded readers to encourage and develop independent reading skills. Reader selection is guided and supported by classroom teachers and Resource Centre staff.
‘Premier’s Reading Challenge’ (PRC)
Student participation in this program has increased greatly every year and several of our students have meet the highest level currently attainable. A PRC lunch and award ceremony is held each year to celebrate 7 – 12 student reading success. R – 6 students celebrate by having an awards assembly.
‘Early Bird’ Reading
This program provides 1:1 support for R – 6 students to promote literacy skills by reading with young students and teaching independent reading skills and reinforcing the basic fundamental reading principles. Several senior students also volunteer their time to support younger students reading.
This is a highlight each year and is celebrated in week six of term 3. Our book week parade involves all students R-6 and lots of parents and grandparents come to watch the parade.