In the 21st Century, the role of the School Library is imperative to the teaching and learning program of a school. Here at BHS, our Library’s main goal is to encourage the development of lifelong learning in our students, by promoting a reading culture and developing sound research skills. We also seek to support students and staff in their learning, by providing both a supportive environment and the appropriate resources for student study, research and recreational reading.
The BHS Library seeks to promote a reading culture in the students, staff and broader BHS Community. Reading for enjoyment is encouraged through the library’s extensive fiction collection, which includes graphic novels and a range of general interest magazines. Students are invited to participate in either the Junior Book Club (open to Years 7 – 9) or the Senior Book Club (Years 10 – 12) which hold weekly meetings at lunchtime in the Library. Book Clubbers discuss their favourite authors and books, visit the local and State Library, attend book events in Melbourne and meet authors. Book Clubbers may also contribute to the Library blogs: The Reading Room (for fiction) and the Graphic Shelf (based on the Library’s expanding graphic novel collection). Senior Book Club also has its own wiki.
Book Week is a highlight on the BHS calendar, with daily activities which celebrate reading and books. BHS staff are also invited to participate in the Book Week Morning Tea and in the Staff Book Club, which meets once a term to discuss a range of adult fiction. English teaching staff regularly make use of the Library’s Reading Space for class reading sessions.
The BHS Library also plays a vital role in supporting the teaching and learning program of the School. Access to a wide range of relevant resources and equipment is available from the Library, via the OLIVER catalogue. The Library team collaborate with classroom teachers to develop information literacy skills, making use of the excellent facilities provided in the Library Learning Space and appropriate online databases. We encourage staff and students to use the DEECD’s excellent online resource FUSE for research into, and the development of, learning tasks. A supportive environment for class learning activities is provided in the Research Space, whilst the Library’s VCE Study Space is an ideal location for student study and research, during and after school.
Our opening hours are:
Monday: 8.40 – 3.30 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: 8.40 – 5.30 pm
Thursday: 8.40 – 4.30 pm
Friday: 8.40 – 4.00 pm