• Welcome

    To search the catalogue or reserve a book - Onstream > Students > Library Catalogue. If you wish to join our Student Librarian team please come and see Mrs Earnshaw in the  Library.

    • 2018 Events



      As we roll towards the end of another huge school year, we reflect on what is top with our young readers, examine what the staff have been reading and put together a collection of really great summer reads. These displays are proving very popular - stop by and see what appeals to you.



      School life, after the seniors go on exam leave, has a slightly different pattern for our Y9 and Y10 students. To encourage even more reading we've put up a display of their favourite books for 2018. Essentially the list is the same as 2017 but there are a few new entries include Learning to Swear in America (the Librarians favourite!) and Perfect the sequel to Flawed.



      Scary book time - terrify your mind for Halloween (...sweet, gentle love stories available too!)


      What to do with old shelf markers? Keep an eye on the front desk as we swap things around the alphabet!


      New shelving has arrived and we are as pleased as punch. The books look wonderful and the system is so much easier to use than our old lower, darker shelving. Come and take a look.



      Why should you read? Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell came up with some very good reasons so we stuck them on the wall outside the library. Have a read as you go past, even if you only get time to read one panel a day...

           Yes, it does say "Daydreaming" on the last line!


      125 years ago, women were allowed to vote alongside men. It was a first in the world and a significant event in NZ.



      We are a week away from Senior Exams and the Library committee have put our study books on display as you walk into the library.


      Dogs- we have lots of books about dogs. Both fiction and non-fiction. Our wonderful Friday afternoon student librarians had fun selecting an image to use to promote these books.



      This term it's all about you. Focus on yourself for a moment and see our great range of books to get you thinking.

      Or how about a dollop (or more) of commonsense with Yvonne Godfrey's 'Making it on my own'.



      We launched Term 3 with a display of our Space books. We have some awesome fiction set in space including one of our favourites - The Martian by Andy Weir. Help yourself from the display and bring it up to the issues desk.


      25-29th BOOWEEK

      Our annual week of chaos this year saw a murder take place right in the middle of where everyone walks. 30 teams pitted their wits and tried to solve the dastardly deed with some coming very close to a perfect solution! There could only be one winner...team GLIK, well done. Along the way we found "Wally", identified the detectives and checked our own fingerprints.



      8th World Ocean Day is the 8th June. We put up a display to find out what our students are doing to reduce pollution in the sea.

      May (Term Two 2018)

      14th. How hard would you try if your life and world depended on your success? This genre is huge at CGHS - the books are hard to keep on the display. How many have you read?

      3rd. We start the term with some wonderful knitting. Some came because they wanted to polish up their skills, others were knitting for the very first time. They all succeeded and socialised with the help of our lovely, creative, staff team. Hopefully we will have enough peggy squares for a blanket by the end of term.



      12th. Anzac Day falls in the school break this year, but we have put up a display before term ends. Also on display are photographs and a school magazine from 100 year ago. One of our former pupils was a nurse near London in 1918 and her husband was fighting in Belgium - an extract of her letter is in the wooden display cabinet.


      Having a blue day - all the books on all the fiction stands have blue covers - looks amazing. Thanks Lauren, Molly and Aroha!


      28th: Reader's Cup. Today we hosted the inaugural competition to find our best Y9 readers. The top team will go on to compete against other Christchurch High School teams in Term 2. Congratulations to Charlotte A., Gabby, Sophie and Charlotte C.

      21st: World Poetry Day. Thanks to the Library Committee for putting up a great display.

      The IT team have moved into the library workroom - we are delighted to have them alongside. And so has Mr. Langdon with promises of great music to delight us in the library.



      Old Girls' 70th Reunion.

      We had a lovely visit from some students who started school in 1948. This year they are celebrating their 70th Anniversary and we put up a display of memorablia, news items and photographs for them.  The Librarian heard some very interesting stories of school life, especially about the brass stair rail and Miss Stewart, and they have kindly donated many stories, magazines and photographs to the archives.


      Rolleston House visited us for a meeting - all 200+ students in our small room! It was fun to see you all and welcome to our new Y9's.

      Waitangi Day came and went in a blur as it was the second day back for most students and a public holiday. We have been gifted some important new books on Waitangi and they were included in our display.

      • General Research

        EPIC databases

        For a quick search, type your keywords into the box:

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        To find an article in a particular publication use this:

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        To explore individual databases use:


        Explora (Australia NZ version)      

        To find NZ links on the databases use:                


        Index New Zealand                                                Digital NZ


        (Index NZ note: Great for NZ primary sources, however this site can be fiddly. You have to use the action list and then follow the instructions to get the article or ask Mrs Earnshaw for help. Beware of emails ending up in your spam during this process.)

        Te Ara - New Zealand information (Government website)         NZ History (Government website)


        Te Ara is great for all things NZ including history and biography                NZ History is .... NZ history!


        Papers Past (Early NZ newspapers and publications)

        Access to older newspaper articles - great for history/disaster research.

        Any questions / Many answers


        Ask a question: Talk in real time to real people for help with your research. From 1-6pm weekdays online.

        Also, click on the tab: Many Answers. They have collated answers to popular questions.


        • Topic Research

          Y12 English

          Stuck for research material.... try this site:

          It's a good place to look for quality, curated resources on a range of topics. There are national and international resources, including websites, images, photos, videos, books and more.

          This article from the NZ Listener about your generation (iGen) is proving popular.

          Science research

          Y9 - Waterways, by pearllibrarian


          Y10 Plastics, by pearllibrarian


          Follow this link for an article about the six o'clock swill in the 1960's.

          • Links and fun websites

            Links about books:

            Links to entertain:

            • New books and Reserving

              • New books are displayed on the big red shelves near Mrs Earnshaw's desk.
              • DVD's are displayed at the top of the DVD shelves. DVD's are loaned for one week.
              • Favourite reads  - sometimes it's hard to find a book just like the last good one you read. To help we have created 'if you like' lists, see "Extend Your Reading"
              • Reserving books is easy - just ask us at the issue desk. You can learn how to do this from your own computer 24/7 through our online catalogue, just ask.

              • eBooks


                Why not give it a try? We have a great range online and it's:                    

                • Easy
                • Free
                • Automatic returns
                To get our eBook page, click on the picture.


                Just sign into  Onstream - Students - Library catalogue  or cghs.wheelers.co           

                Learning to read on print or digital. What is your view?

                See what Kristin has to say at Nerdy Book Club




                 eBook APP 


                • Search for Wheelers eBooks on your smart phone
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                • Browse and borrow your eBook
                • Your book is issued for two weeks
                • It will automatically return itself for the next borrower
                • If it is out with another borrower, you can place a reserve (hold).

                • Extend your reading

                  If you like...

                  Love stories - somehow, somewhere the characters in these books are going to find love

                  Hunger Games dystopia

                  Fantasy (different worlds, dragons, magic)

                  I am not Esther - realistic (relationships, everyday life)

                  The Fault in our Stars - illness (relationships, family)

                  Reading around the world - Seniors

                  Still can't find something you like...try these links:

                  Best Ever YA Fantasy series

                  13 Short YA fiction (shorter than 250 pages and still great stories)

                  Or try using this:  A search engine that tells you what authors you’ll enjoy based on similarities in style, tone and topic to your favorites - Try it with John Green and see what comes up!

                  • Student Librarians


                    Term 4

                    The library team has been so busy that we haven't got around to posting updates for a while. Term 3 was a hard study term and now we have exams. The team is mostly studying and on study leave, however are few are still hard at work and here are some recent photos. A reminder that we will be open again for business as soon as you arrive in school next year - sign up quickly as we only take the first 50 names for Term 1, 2019.

                    Thanks for all your company and hard work - it was a great year.


                    July: It's been a very busy Term 2 with Bookweek in Week 9. You have all been brilliant with the scissors and glue gun, proving once again that with a large enthusiastic team, it is possible to jazz up our decor on a very small budget. Thanks to Mackenzie and the committee for the idea to Host a Murder and all the teams who competed so hard for the prize. Thanks also to our 58 student librarians who bring such vibrance to CGHS library. See you all next term.


                     This is us at Term 2 morning tea (about 20 of the 58!)

                    April: We are hosting a morning tea for you all in the library on Tuesday 10th April in B1. Please bring a packet/plate/bag of something easy to eat and we will supply drinks. There will be certificates and badges for those who have completed various service levels and we want a photo of you all for our desk frame - no good having those pesky 2017 Librarians still hogging the limelight! Any questions, just ask. Food can be dropped off first thing on Tues and I promise not to eat it all before you get here (remember it's a Late Start day for you so school starts in P2 although I'll be here as usual from 8am).

                    Feb: We have the biggest ever team of student librarians this year and we are very grateful for all the hard work you do in the library to make it such a fun and vibrant space. 

                    This year our head librarian is Mackenzie Bremner and our Deputy Head Librarian is Sarah Bealing. You will see them both if you are around - they are often in the library, meeting the teams, putting up displays and helping out.

                    At the end of term we will have an morning tea for all our 53 student librarians in the form of a 'bring a plate'. When we have you all together we can take the 2018 Librarians picture to replace our current 2017 one. It's not an official school photo but the one we use on our issues desk. It's also a chance to give out badges as some are getting their blue/red/white ones that take years of work. Look out for the notices/emails etc and join in.

                    In Term Two we will be having our annual Bookweek to celebrate books! You are all going to be involved even if it is just behind the scenes. We may also be able to take on some of the students on our reserves list - we have 20 waiting to join the team.

                     Putting up a display for our Old Girl's in Feb.




                    Thank you to our wonderful 2017 team of 59 students who have been such a great help through the year. Your enthusiasm for the library was such a positive force and it made the library such a welcoming place for your peers. Looking back over the year, Miss Rattray and I can honestly say that it's been huge. More ahead next year, so come and sign up in Term 1, 2018 asap. There will be a waiting list once we reach 50 names!



                    Midwinter - getting in the spirit and determined to join in with the Santa Grotto in the hallway!


                    Book week is all about flower power. There are more photos of our Flower Power week in the events section of the moodle.


                    A very successful term. Most of our new team are almost at badge ready and today we gave out lots of badges at all levels. Congratulations and a huge thanks for all the flowers you've made. There will be more to come next term!


                    We are very pleased to announce that our Head Librarian for 2017 is Magdeline Huang and our Deputy Head Librarian is Lizzie Song. They will lead a great team.

                    We have a huge team of more than 50 volunteers who help out during the week. If you are one of them, and reading this, thanks! We have such fun and really appreciate your input and help. Not only that, but you are gaining service hours, so don't forget to get us to sign your sheets.

                    Book week is coming up in Term 2 (week 3) and we are making the decorations for this huge library. There are still lots to make, so roll up your sleeves and get into it!

                    • 2017 Events from last year

                      Scroll through our events to see what is happening in our school library.



                      We moved temporarily to S2 on the island. Come and say hi and borrow a new book for the summer break. Return any overdues between 8-4pm. Thanks.




                      Our Year 9 students took on the challenge of 'Engaging with scientific challenges' for the Alex Houliston cup. The top seven entries are now on display in the library. Congratulations Kate and Emily for your prizewinning projects, and also to Rebecca, Sophie W, Lily, Marissa and Lili.



                      CGHS has celebrated reaching 140 years of educating women in Canterbury. To mark this wonderful milestone we put up a display and then invited students, staff, Old Girls and ex-Staff to enjoy some snippets from the Archives. We had lots of visitors over the two weeks the display was open.




                      10th The Knitting group has started up again on Thursday lunchtime. Come and join in and add to the wonderful blanket that is creation.


                      International Week in T3.

                      We had a very busy start to Term 3 with lots of visitors from Japan and China. The library hosted some wonderful International events as well as two mini classrooms for ESOL lessons.

                      This shot was taken on a typical school morning just after 9am - the Y13 students enjoy meeting up in the library and using the study facilities. There is generally a quiet hum through the room.


                      29th Hosting a Mid winter mini fun event....with popcorn. 


                      22nd Our chance to host the Y13 Business studies groups as they sell their products at Market Day. We had a lot of interested students and staff come and have a look and join in.


                      14th - Last week our Library Committee put up a wonderful display to celebrate Matariki.

                      8th - How to fill a library! 

                      The prefects arranged a Kahoot with prizes - we just provided the space and enjoyed trying to answer the questions.


                      Talofa - it's Samoan Language Week.


                      May 18. Dress-up Flower Power - such a fun day! 


                      It's Bookweek. The huge Student Librarian team have been working hard for weeks to make the displays. Come and have a look and join in the competitions. Dress-up this year (Mufti) is Thursday and your donations will go towards new books for CGHS! The theme is 'Flower Power'.



                      Anzac Day happens while we are on Easter break. To commemorate this occasion, our student library volunteers have put up a stunning display in the library.


                      31st Sci Fi and Dystopia

                      These books are our most borrowed genres. Think 'Hunger Games' and 'Divergent' and you'll get Dystopia. It's our world, but life has different rules. Sci-Fi is technology in our world or in space that we haven't yet invented but could happen. Often these books have some elements we recognise like cryogenics and gene therapy. Both these genres differ from Fantasy as the magical element is missing.

                      9th Jane Austen

                      Jane Austen is one of Mrs Earnshaw's favourite authors. If you haven't tried these classics, they come very well recommended. Or try a spin off like 'Langbourn' or 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'! 


                      17th New Book and Dystopia

                      Two displays to help you find new books. We set the displays up but before we could photograph them, many of the books were borrowed. I would say that is a sign of success!


                      14th Valentine's Day and for those in the mood we have love stories on offer.

                      9th - The start of term and the library is humming with life. We are sharing our space with the Y13's as their common room is being used for other things. It's impressive to see how they settle and work together. 



                      New Year... new books... old comfortable library. You are all welcome!