September & October, 2016.
Thank you Y13 pranksters! You made us smile first thing this morning, but it might take us a week to put the fiction back the right way round!
Halloween - colour in and win a spooky new book by Michelle Paver.
and the winner is... wonderful!
Y9 are doing Astronomy/Space as their topic this term. Our display has books they can use in addition to their online research.
and the view from inside the black hole looks like this:
During the holidays everything was shifted out of the library for an Antiques fair. It makes the library look very different.
Here is a snapshot of the library during a busy lunchtime in September:
26 August: International Poetry Day
We have been putting together some spine poetry to celebrate. It's great fun and if you want to join in, just drop into the library.
17 August: Alison Harper Shakespeare Competition
Wonderful words from the bards, performed brilliantly by our junior orators.
8 - 19 August - Olympics
We are bringing the PE into the library! We have many sporting students at CGHS and who knows, we might be watching one of them in 2020.
1-5 August - International Week
Our knitting group goes from strength to strength. Miss Rattray is running a drop-in learn-to-knit session every Tuesday lunchtime through Terms 2 & 3. Needles and wool provided and plenty of expert assistance to get you started.
During Term 2 we have been hosting a weekly sign language class. Students are from all year levels and there is a lot of laughter. This photo is the class playing chinese whispers in sign language - Maria gives the first student in each team a sign to pass on, they turn and sign it to the next person. It was a race and keenly contested.
A new class is starting up in Term Three on Tuesday afternoon while the existing class continues on Thursdays. If you want to join in the new group, call into the library or the office and find out more. Many of our students are using this for their Duke of Ed.
The results of the 2016 Mavis Atkinson Drawing competition are on display in the library. The pictures illustrate the amazing talent of our students. Drop in and have a look - the display is attracting a lot of attention.
The annual Waitaki debate was hosted in the library. The moot was: This House believes that children should be allowed to own and use mobile phones and Waitaki won.
School Spirit reaches the Library...... and there will be more to come. Watch this space!
Matariki is here - time to celebrate the Maori New Year and the appearance of the Seven Sisters star constellation in the night sky. Also we have a great display of Time Travel books. Remember, the only person who doesn't need to back up his computer files is the Doctor........... Who?
It's BOOKWEEK (Week 5 of Term 2)
A merry mess and hive of activity in the library. Here are some recent photos.
Question: How do you get a whole orchestra into a library for Open Day? Answer: Easily - what fun!
10 May. House Prefects Quiz. A huge number of students squeezed into the library at lunchtime to join in a fun quiz organised by the House Prefects. Teams sat around tables scribbling their answers furiously. Just how they came and went and enjoyed themselves in such little time is a mystery as the library was left as clean as a whistle with all the tables in place for the afternoon classes. Thanks for the fun.
15 April. Anzac Day falls in the school holidays this year, so our display is going up early and coming down a little later than usual. We will remember them.
11 April. The Mavis Atkinson Drawing Competition is being held earlier this year to avoid a clash with exams for the seniors. This year students are invited to draw a cicada and two examples are on display in the library with a microscope. They attract a lot of visitors.
7 April. The library hosted the 2016 Alison Harper Shakespeare competition. Students presented scenes from Shakespearean plays as solos or pairs and read extracts from David Copperfield. Congratulations to the winners and thank you for the entertainment.
22 March. It is the time of year when the Universities visit us to inform and promote and for big groups, we use the library as gathering spot. Today we were visited by the University of Canterbury.
17 March. We dressed the issues desk up in green to support the Irish on their National Day. We rather like the results and maybe we should have more colour days to brighten up our library. It has made finding the returns slot a little tricky!
We've been promoting eBooks - if you have an electronic reader (laptop, tablet, phone etc) then it is easy. Simply sign in with your CGHS password to this site and follow the instructions. We have some great titles including "If I stay" and "Divergent".
eBooks automatically return after 3 weeks so you don't even need to come to the library to borrow/return, however we are happy to help you get started if you have any questions.
Chinese New Year was celebrated with a display around our Chinese Book Collection.