No Ordinary Library!
Our Learning Resource Centre (LRC) supports teaching and learning across the whole school and provides a welcoming space for students and staff alike. We offer a comfortable study area, a growing catalogue of print and electronic resources that support the curriculum, and provide books, e-books, and audiobooks that facilitate literacy development, reading for pleasure, and independent learning.
Here you will find our core of dedicated and inclusive student librarians, Duke of Edinburgh volunteers, and our weekly chess club. We support a number of our Year 7 students with their reading development through our Read Aloud program while engaging all Year 7 and Year 8 with reading through our Accelerated Reader program.
The LRC is open at 8.15am from Monday - Friday and closes at 3:30pm on Mondays, 4pm Tuesday - Thursday, and 3.45pm on Fridays and is staffed by our LRC Manager (Ms Mulligan) and our LRC Assistant (Mrs Mansbridge). We welcome staff and students before school, during break and lunch times, and after school. Sixth formers are also welcome to study during free periods through the day.
To encourage reading for pleasure, we support the implementation of Accelerated Reader where students can read a book at their pre-determined level, complete a quiz for their book, and carry on moving through levels, thus accelerating their literacy development.
Year 7 and 8 students attend weekly Accelerated Reader lessons in the LRC via their English lessons where they spend this time quietly reading, choosing a new book and taking book quizzes. Completing the quizzes is an integral part of Accelerated Reader as it helps staff track the progress of students through the school year and gives the students the opportunity to win prizes and accolades for their accomplishments.
Students can complete book quizzes from home by going to Westgate’s Renaissance Homepage.
Parents can track their child’s reading activity and quiz progress through Renaissance Home Connect.
OverDrive ebooks and Sora
In addition, we provide a wide range of resources available to students and staff. From 19th century novels, to revision guides and graphic novels, there’s something for everyone and our selection has expanded even further!
The Reading Cloud now includes OverDrive books! OverDrive is a digital distributor of e-books and audiobooks which students can access anywhere, anytime through OverDrive’s Sora app.
On Sora, students will find hundreds of premium, simultaneous-use titles including classics like Call of the Wild and Hamlet and student favourites such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Students are able to browse and borrow this great range of age-appropriate e-books and audiobooks by simply downloading the app or logging in at Sora app with their school credentials.
Our resources are ever expanding, and we welcome regular visits from the Westgate School community.