Our library is a warm and welcoming environment for children to share, create, be curious, collaborate, relax, socialise and read. The library is open throughout the school day and each class visits the library once a week with their classroom teacher. During class visits, students exchange their own items and replenish their classroom library shelves. The library is also open during morning tea and lunchtime for students to visit during their own time.
The library also includes a multi-media room where students can utilise a suite of computers and other technology during classroom time. There is also a separate senior study area in the library for Year 7 and 8 students to work independently.
Our up-to-date and engaging collection reflects the age range of our students from Preschool to Year 8. The collection aims to encourage and promote a life-long love of reading and supports our International Baccalaureate inquiry curriculum.
Year 8 students have the opportunity to train as librarians and assist with duties during lunchtimes. They also run story time sessions for junior students once a week.
Older students are able to enjoy lunchtime book clubs and during Terms 2 and 3 the library is often crowded with lunchtime speakers.
St Mark’s Church School also has an online library that can be accessed from home and school. This online library allows students 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.
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.
We would love to welcome you to our library.