Library and Resource Centre
“When in doubt, go to the library.”
Australian Reading Hour
At the end of term three we celebrated Australian Reading Hour with quiet reading in the library at lunchtime. It was a chance to relax with a good book and unwind after a busy term! Why is reading important?
- Reading reduces stress by 68%, relieving stress more quickly than listening to music, going for a walk or having a cup of tea
- Reading a gripping novel causes positive biological changes in the brain that can last for days
- When tested for empathy, readers of narrative fiction achieved significantly higher than other groups
- Reading is closely linked to increasing our understanding of our own identities
For more information, please head to the Australian Reading Hour website.
10 ways that libraries power high performance schools
The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has released a document that explains the importance of school libraries, and the services they provide. The role of the school library has increasing significance in today’s world of information overload. You can read more here.
Premiers’ Reading Challenge (PRC)
The PRC is open to all Victorian children from birth to 16 years in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by the closing date of the challenge. To meet the Challenge you need to read between 15 and 30 books (depending on your year level) by a set date and keep a record of them. If you meet the Challenge, the Premier of Victoria will send you a certificate of achievement.
The PRC is now closed for 2018. Congratulations to the following students who completed the challenge:
Year 7: Lily, Leo, Diksha, Pranjal, Casper, Bhrugu, Rusha, Farhan, Dana, Roni, Lexi, Anjana, Erin, Amiya, Edison, Safal, Dheeraj, Scott & Elijah.
Year 8: Alicia.
Year 9: Meret & Tracey.
The Book Club meets fortnightly at lunchtime on Wednesdays. All students and staff are welcome to join in for a fun, informal discussion about books and reading.
Next meeting: Wednesday 5th December 2018
“I love the library because it is a warm and welcoming place. I feel as though I can really be myself and express my feelings while not being judged or looked down upon. The staff at the library are always friendly and ready to lend a helping hand or give great suggestions to what book you should read next. They are constantly updating the shelves, buying new books and taking in suggestions to ensure there is something for everyone. The library is a safe and homely sanctuary, and the school would not be the same without it.”
“Our Library is the best place in the school to relax and read. Our library allows us to experience a very peaceful environment and a positive vibration, which encourages us to get focused on what we are doing. Whenever I stay in the library the time passes so quickly as there are many things that engage us.The librarians both always have a smile on their face and they are always ready to help us which makes us feel comfortable. I think we have one of the best libraries ever.”
“Our library is a beautiful place to be, where students interact and share their knowledge and experiences. Every day I go to the library, whether it is talking to the friendly staff or searching between aisles to find a vast array of books that suit my interests, I can’t help but notice a warm learning atmosphere filled with GEC students and teachers. To build a library there needs to be passion, love and respect for learning which is why I think the GEC library is the best place to be. ”
Ms Sherri Michael – Librarian
Mrs Megan Gatt – Library Technician
Student Opening Hours
Monday – Thursday 8.30am – 4.30pm
Friday 8.30am – 4pm
Before TEAM: Year 12s and Library Monitors only
Recess: Year 12s and Library Monitors only
Lunch: open after second bell, closed on Wednesdays for Book Club
Book Club – held on Wednesdays at lunchtime
Board Games and Puzzles – Scrabble, Chess, Pictionary, Balderdash, and many more!
VCE Sessions – check the daily bulletins for further information
Homework Help is held every Tuesday and Wednesday from 3.15pm – 4.30pm. Specialist teachers and volunteer tutors are available to help students on a one-to one basis or, if preferred, in small groups.
There is a suggestions box on the front desk in the library. Please let us know if you have any book recommendations for the library, or any other general feedback.
Collection Management Policy
For more information on collection management in the GEC library, please read our policy here.
(now accessible outside school)