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Banora Point High School

Banora Point High School

Reach for the Stars

Telephone07 5513 1960

Emailbanorapnt-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Library

The school library is both a learning centre and a resource centre for the entire school.

The school library resources constitute a specialist collection purchased and/or prepared as a result of co-operation between classroom teachers and the teacher librarian and geared to the school curriculum and co-curriculum activities.  Frequent personal contact between the teacher librarian and the student enables the teacher librarian to implement a developmental programme from the child's first day in the school to the time he leaves. This is achieved by:

  • Providing resources that will enrich, extend and support the total school programme, taking into account the varied interests, abilities and maturity levels of the students, as well as any particular individual needs.
  • Encouraging independent learning, both within the curriculum and outside it, by supplying materials that will stimulate students to explore a wide range of interests and achieve discrimination in the selection of resources to meet their needs.
  • Assisting students to acquire the range of skills necessary for the effective use of books and materials.  The development of such skills will include the fostering of techniques for evaluation of all types of media communication.
  • Providing students with materials that will enable them to make informed and responsible judgements on issues affecting their own lives and their future roles as citizens in a democratic society.
  • Stimulating students in all aspects of their reading experiences so that they may enjoy reading and read with developing taste and discrimination.
  • Working with staff responsible for students with special problems so that the library may assist the disadvantaged, the under-achievers and all those with reading and learning difficulties.

Opening times

The library is open at the following times:

Monday: 7:45am to 3pm

Tuesday: 7:45am to 4pm

Wednesday: 7:45am to 3pm

Thursday: 7:45am to 4pm

Friday: 7:45am to 2:30pm. 

Other times can be negotiated.

Library staff

Librarian (Dr Bruce McConachy)

Dr McConachy has been the Librarian at Banora Point High School since the beginning of 2013.  Before that he was a classroom teacher at Walgett Community School in Western NSW, and the TAFE librarian at Glen Innes. He holds a Doctorate from the University of New England, as well as Graduate qualifications in Education and Librarianship from Charles Sturt University.  His interests include History and Archaeology, as well as developing the digital resources of the library, and in time, in making them available to staff and students via the web.

Library Assistant (Mrs Lyn Swaddle)

Mrs Swaddle has worked for the Department of Education for 10 years, as  a School Administrative Officer and as the Library Assistant. She has worked at Wollumbin and Tweed River High Schools, as well as Dungay Public School. Mrs Swaddle has been actively involved with both school and regional P&C over the last 20 years. She is currently a State Councillor for the North Coast P&C. She has a particular interest in reading especially electronic books.

Ask a librarian

If you have a special request, or just need help with finding resources visit the library or send an email to our library. We will respond ASAP.

Special collections

The library is collecting together a number of special collections to make access to particular materials easier.  Generally, these collections will reflect particular subjects/topics being taught within the school, and will regularly be changed.  Some, however, will remain as permanent special collections.

The Indigenous Special Collection

This is a collection of all the printed materials we have covering all aspects of Indigenous culture and history.  We hope to continually expand this resource to support aspects of teaching and learning across the whole curriculum, as well as to cater to the needs and interests of our Indigenous students.

The Graphic Novels Collection

The Library has a collection of graphic novels that is growing each year.  While these novels are used to support students studying graphic novels as part of their English coursework, they are also available for loan by other students.

The Easy Readers Collection

This is a collection of reading material originally gathered to assist students to become involved with reading to younger siblings at home.  The works are pitched at lower levels of reading expertise and are available to those wanting resources at a more appropriate reading level.

The Issues in Society Collection

Every year Spinney Press brings out a number of volumes targeting specific Issues in Society.  The collection covers a diverse range of topics, from Adoption, to Mandatory Migrant Detention, to Food Safety.  For students looking for coverage of a particular issue, it is a valuable resource that presents objectively both sides of the argument and the evidence available.

New resources

New resources can be accessed through your Oliver link in the student or staff portals or simply by clicking here.

Search our online library catalogue here.

Special events

Premier's Reading Challenge

The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.

The Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) is available for all NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 9, in government, independent, Catholic and home schools.