Our library is a warm and welcoming environment for children to share, create, be curious, collaborate, relax, socialise and read. It is a space that energises learning. It is a place which supports students in developing their appreciation for literature, as well as growing their research capabilities.
Our up-to-date and engaging collection reflects the age range of our students from Preschool to Year 8. It aims to encourage and promote a life-long love of reading, and supports our learners as global citizens.
Year 8 students have the opportunity to train as librarians and assist with duties during lunchtimes. They run story time sessions for junior students. They also provide support in making the library a dynamic and agentic space for learning, and celebrating student passions and interests.
Classroom Library Visits
Our library supports wellbeing at St Mark’s and is open throughout the school day. Each class visits the library at least once a week with their classroom teacher.
These visits include information and media literacy learning sessions with our school Librarian, and the borrowing of books and resources to support literacy for learners.
The library is also open during morning tea and lunchtime for students to visit during their own time.
There is also a separate senior study area for Year 7 and 8 students to work independently.
The library environment also includes our school’s iHub – the “inquiry, information and independence” hub. This is a flexible space with a variety of technological tools for teachers to use.
The space is also used for our various coding and robotics equipment, and is used for extra-curricular clubs including the Computer Science Club and Code Camps.
St Mark’s School also has an online library that can be accessed from home and school. Students are able to borrow e-books, reserve items, search the collection, keep up to date with literature news from the blog and take advantage of quality online resources selected by the librarian to assist with homework.
Events At The Library
A range of events are held in the library throughout the year including Matariki celebrations, an Inter-House Book Quiz, Dress Up as Your Favourite Book Character Day and the very popular Hell’s Pizza Reading Challenge.
Each year our school also enters two teams to take part in the highly competitive annual Lit Quiz competition. There are often speakers, drama performances and other literacy experiences on offer.
We would love to welcome you to our library; an environment that serves as a centre for discovery and wonder, and a space designed to energise learning.