St Peter’s has a well-equipped, computerised library from which all students may borrow. Borrowing occurs each week and parents are encouraged to show an interest in the books students take home. Students also participate in weekly formal library lessons with the teacher librarian.
We ask that all students have a library bag to protect their borrowed books.
Ashton Scholastic Book Club operates within the school, providing families with the opportunity to purchase books and encourage reading at home.
A Book Fair is held during Term 3 which gives students, parents and friends the opportunity to purchase quality books at very reasonable prices. Commission earned through the sale of the books provides valuable new resources for the school library and classrooms.
Students participate in the annual Premier’s Reading Challenge, which encourages them to read a wide variety of specially selected books. If students reach their target, they will receive a special certificate from the NSW Premier.
Each class has one library lesson a week, usually working on projects or activities related to a current unit of study whilst enhancing their research, report writing and library skills. Book studies focuses on the shortlisted books on the Children’s Book Council of Australia Annual Awards. This leads into Book Week, held in August, where we celebrate with a special event such as a Book Week Costume Parade or a special presentation by a visiting author, local library representatives or other incursion.