Welcome to the beating heart of Kings’ School – our wonderful Library
In an age where young people are said to be reading less and where squeezed budgets mean fewer libraries, here at Kings’ we are proud and thrilled, in equal measure, to introduce to you our well-resourced, well-used, wonderful library.
Two years ago the entire library was refurbished and it now enjoys more usage than ever before, with borrowing statistics healthier than they have ever been.
Along with regular timetabled lessons, many staff members like to book the room for occasional lessons. Pupils like to visit in their own time, before or after school and during lunch break, to catch up with friends, complete homework, or simply read in a warm and welcoming environment.
The library also takes the lead in a number of annual events.
The Hampshire Book Award
Every year, Mrs Miles invites pupils in year 8 to be judges in this prestigious event. Our judges are required to read a shortlist of recently published fiction, meet regularly and evaluate the books thy read. Our year 8 pupils have always enjoyed this challenge and represented the school with great integrity at meetings, voting days with other schools and at the formal awards ceremony at the Winchester Guildhall.
Service of Remembrance
The library is closely involved in this important annual day of remembrance and commemoration. As well as a display of books and posters to draw the attention of pupils, we also host a tea party for the “Old Boys” of the St Thomas’s Association, with whom the school has long-held links.
Every year at least one, and often two, renowned authors are invited to Kings’ School to present workshops and talks to our pupils. In this past year alone we have been privileged to play host to Mark Lowery as well as Andy Briggs. Mark Lowery’s books appeal to Key stage 2 children as well as key stage 3, so we invited a number of Year 6 children from our feeder primary schools to join us for his visit.
Andy Briggs, the author of the contemporary Tarzan books, is also an award-winning Hollywood screenplay writer. His presentation was well received by our children, who enjoyed chatting to him and having their copies of his books signed.
eReader Pilot Project
For the past two years Mrs Miles has been involved in a pilot project with a small group of librarians from our county, to investigate the use of ebooks in schools. We now have access to a free app which our pupils can use to download books to read for pleasure.
Clubs and Activites
A number of clubs and activities are based in the library. These include
” Duke of Edinburgh Reading Partners. Pupils in years 10 and 11 working towards their Duke of Edinburgh awards, give up their time one lunch break a week to volunteer to read with year 7 children.
” MAGS – a club for children who enjoy “movies, anime and gaming” meet on Wednesday afternoons in the library to pursue their interest along with like-minded friends.
Links with other schools
Mrs Miles has forged close links with our feeder primary schools as well as other local secondary schools, creating relationships which are mutually beneficial.
Our lively library is a hive of activity. Be sure to drop in for a visit when you’re next at the school.
Mrs E Miles
Library and Resources Manager