Stromness Academy Library

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A Busy Day in the School Library

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One looks down at the diary part the way through the day and realises the library has been booked for all but one period, and that was booked last minute which we could easily accommodate

Through the day I have seen:

Advanced Higher PE students – computer access for two periods; S3s changing books; S2 PSE lesson doing careers work using My World of Work to help with S3 subject choices as part of the library based information literacy programme; S2 History lesson looking at the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of JFK

In the afternoon, Mrs Hunter’s Higher English class (two periods) were revising their key texts, Doctor Jekyll & Mr Hyde and Romeo and Juliet using interactive group working to identify and memorise key quotations.  Three groups are searching for quotations from Romeo Juliet in the library, their classroom and English corridor – one member goes to find the quotation, memorise it and return to the library a recite it to another member of the group who writes it down and they swap round. Another three groups are looking at a stack of quotations from Doctor Jekyll & Mr Hyde and with group discussion are sorting them by a method of their own choice, eg. character, setting, themes. The atmosphere in the library at this point is a studious buzz with all the pupils actively engaged.

We have had a fair few fifth year on study periods using the upper library as well as the computers, and of course, lunchtime activities continued with the chess club with Mr Nind, leisure use, and folks reading or doing homework.

Despite being busy with bookings, a variety of library admin tasks were also carried, none the least the backlog of filing of them and clearing out old journals and newspapers. The issue desk has also been tidied, but has filled up quickly with more things to do.

The day will end with the weekly after school Dungeons & Dragons club with the Librarian, Mrs Sinclair and study support with Mrs Thomson.

 

 

 

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