It’s official – OLS is a ‘well read’ school! Marie Bishop, Caitlin Evoy, Roisín Evoy and Ms Harte were delighted to accept the PDST Wellread National Award on behalf of Our Lady’s School at a ceremony in Dublin yesterday. The award aims to create heightened awareness about the importance of creating a culture of reading in school communities for our young people as part of their personal and academic development. It recognises schools that actively foster a reading culture through a variety of activities and initiatives and our portfolio can be viewed here: https://padlet.com/librarian17/fh1his78cah0
Our main goal at OLS library is to encourage reading for pleasure and to instil good reading habits that enhance the intellectual and emotional development of our students. To support and further the vision and goals of the library, we have appointed 10 student Library Assistants. The team promotes the role and services of the library to the school community and makes a valuable contribution to the running of the library. Their duties include issuing, returning and shelving books, helping library users find books and information, recommending books to their fellow students, writing reviews for the library website and ensuring the library is tidy, well organised and welcoming.
The final week before the midterm break was Reading Week here at OLS. Our One Book One School pick this year was ‘Star By Star’ by Sheena Wilkinson, a timely read as 2018 marks the centenary of Irish women gaining the right to vote. The week was filled with brilliant bookish activities, including The Great Book Bake-Off, the Wonder Woman exhibition of inspirational women, blackout poetry sessions inspired by Sarah Crossan‘s #WeAreThePoets campaign, and scavenger hunts in the school library. Students and staff alike read Star By Star during DEAR time each day and we rounded off the week with a visit from the author herself, Sheena Wilkinson.
The first team to crack the Library Scavenger Hunt. This clever pair used their library skills and book knowledge to solve all the clues within the time limit of 15 minutes. Future librarians, perhaps?
Kaylin won a prize for this inspired piece of blackout poetry.
The brilliant Sheena Wilkson!
A rapt audience as Sheena reads from Star By Star.
Happy readers 🙂