Congratulations to our 12 newly qualified pupil librarians.
Mr McCullough awarded certificates and badges to those pupils who had taken part in a three week training programme. During this time the pupil librarians were taught about the role of a school library, how to shelve and keep books tidy and how to use the library computer system to enable them to loan out, return and search for books. The training was given by Mrs Drennan, Mrs McMullan and current pupil librarians. All librarians enjoyed a lunchtime party in the library.
The library at the Rainey caters to all ages and tastes in reading, offering a wide range of up-to-date fiction, alongside a range of much-loved classics and a selection of relevant, modern non-fiction resources. Stock is updated biannually from the NEELB Library Services budget and, at other times throughout the year, new titles are purchased through the school library budget.
As part of the English curriculum at Key Stage 3, pupils visit the library one period per fortnight when they can engage in independent reading and a variety of library activities to promote a love of reading and enhance their knowledge of how to use a library and its resources, in an effective way.
In order to encourage further reading and independent learning, the library is open at lunchtime every day. Each year, a number of pupils are given the opportunity to apply for a place to train as librarians and when training has been successfully completed, they are awarded certificates and librarian badges. Librarian training is completed by the end of October each year. The pupil librarians assist with the day to day running of the library and preparation for special events. They, alongside the library staff, help to ensure that the library provides a welcoming environment for reading and independent study.
In addition to this, numerous literary events, organised jointly by the English Department, Senior Literature Society and Librarians, are held in the library to celebrate, for example, Roald Dahl Day, National Poetry Day and World Book Day. From time to time, other literacy-related events, such as author visits and storytelling events are organised through the library.
If you would like to find out more about the librarian training programme or become involved in activities in the library, please speak to Mrs Drennan.
On National Poetry day, Thursday 3rd October, with the Library packed to capacity, our poets who were short listed in the Rainey 300 poetry competition, entertained staff and pupils with their winning words. The theme for National Poetry Day this year was ‘Water’ and the day promised to flood us with a ‘wave of words’, although for us in the Rainey, in this memorable tercentenary year, with oceans of talent raining down, it proved more a ‘tsunami of stanzas’! Read the rest of this entry »
On National Poetry Day, Thursday 4th October, ‘Stars’, this year’s theme for Poetry Day, allowed some of our own poetry ‘stars’ to shine! An attentive audience was entertained with poems from a range of writers, from King David to Spike Milligan! The poem ‘Schoolitis’ warned against the folly of faked illness on school mornings, while words from Emily Dickinson and the Psalms caused us to ponder spiritual matters. All were inspired as we listened to the maxims in the immortal lines of Kipling’s poem ‘If’: ‘If you can keep your head, When all about you are losing theirs, and blaming it on you …’. Read the rest of this entry »