At Meridian High School, our vision is to develop all students into fluent and effective readers who are challenged and encouraged to read for pleasure. We aim to expose students to a range of texts, from different genres, written by authors from a wide range of backgrounds. We want students to have the knowledge, behaviours and skills to demonstrate a rich cultural awareness which is necessary to be successful at school, further education and the world beyond education. We aim to take every opportunity to enhance the cultural capital of our students and equip them with the knowledge and experiences needed for life in society.
A book can transport us from our own world to another as we immerse ourselves in the lives of fictional characters, or learn about other cultures. A book can ignite curiosity about the world and fire up imaginations. With technology becoming a bigger part of our lives, reading and storytelling are essential and safe components in keep students engaged in learning, whether in the classroom or at home.
The School Library Association has also found that school libraries have been shown to impact pupils’ general academic attainment, reading and writing skills, plus wider learning skills, as well as their scores in history, mathematics and science. School libraries have also been found to have an impact on pupils’ reading enjoyment, reading behaviour and attitudes towards reading. Motivation and attitudes in particular have been connected to school library use. Several personal and interpersonal outcomes, such as self-esteem and the feeling of success and accomplishment, have also been associated with school library use.
What does the Meridian Library have to offer?
- A comfortable place to sit and read peacefully
- An area to read with friends
- A range of fiction and non-fiction texts
- A space to complete Prep work
- A space to work quietly
- A club space for break and lunch times
- A Reading Buddy scheme for Year 7 and Year 8 students
- An space for literacy lessons