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  • Literacy, Reading and Library

    Reading is an essential skill for everyday life, not just academic research.

    There is now a considerable amount of evidence which indicates that reading can make you a happier person.  For example, the results of a 2013 survey by The Book Trust found that: "People who read books regularly are on average more satisfied with life, happier, and more likely to think that the things they do in life are worthwhile."

    St Bernard's supports reading by providing:

    • an experienced school librarian to assist students in locating appropriate books and completing online research 
    • a suite of thirty computers and printing facilities
    • access to over 13,000 fiction and non-fiction books, including many shortlisted for major literature prizes eg The Man Booker and Carnegie awards for adult and children's fiction and The Royal Society and Baillie Gifford (previously the Samuel Johnson Prize) for non-fiction
    • a wide range of books to support struggling and reluctant readers
    • a growing selection of books in modern foreign languages to assist EAL (English as an Additional Language) students.

    The library is open Monday - Friday 8.00am - 4.30pm (term time only).

    Oliver

    OliverModern libraries use computers to maintain records.  St Bernard’s school library uses software called “Oliver”. You can search the library database and see resources available to our student by clicking the icon to the right.

    Accelerated Reader Programme 

    Accelerated ReaderFirst introduced to St Bernard's in September 2011 for Year 7 students, the Accelerated Reader programme (provided by Renaissance Learning) aims to motivate students to read more - and better - books.  It assists in identifying problems, raising literacy standards and helps develop a lifelong love of reading.

    Click HERE to access the Renaissance Learning website to find out more about the programme.

    Students can click on the icon immediately to the right to log into the Renaissance Learning website to take a quiz on the book they have just finished reading.

     

    ‘When you are at school you do not realise what an impact your education will have on your life and the places it will take you.  St Bernard’s was a big part of my foundations.  If you have strong solid foundations, you can build anything you want, knock it down and re-build something new if you desire.  However, without good foundations, you will not build anything at all.’

    — Zoe Upson