Students in Year 7, 8 and 9, who between them have volunteered more than 60 hours this term in the Brooke Weston Academy library, have been presented with certificates of achievement and a book of their choice.
The students volunteer on a rota for break, lunchtime and after school and are each assigned a section of the library that is their responsibility to keep in order. Eleven student library assistants have completed the first level of library training and will now be moving on to being trained on desk duties.
Sitha, Year 7 said, ‘It’s nice to help because you get given responsibilities and the library is a lovely place to be’
George, Year 9 said, ‘It’s an awesome experience to learn about how the library works and it is a lot of fun helping out.’
Librarian Wendy McCabe said, ‘The student library assistants are doing a fantastic job and we really appreciate the time they have given volunteering to help. Their training involved learning basic library skills and all about the different resources we have, their locations and how to shelve books which included work on the Dewey Decimal System for shelving non-fiction books. The time and commitment they give to helping in the Library makes a huge difference to the smooth running of the Library’
Presenting the certificates, Principal Shaun Strydom, said, ‘I am so proud of the students who have put themselves forward as helpers. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop their love for reading, supporting students and passing on their passion.’
The Principal was delighted to receive a piece of art work from Year 7 library assistants, Faryl and Ornella, who had designed a poster to promote reading for pleasure.