Teaching and learning at RSC takes advantage of the best resources offered in both print and digital. School bags are no longer packed with heavy text books, as the majority of items on the book-lists are now digital and stored on students’ own devices. An iPad or laptop computer is compulsory for all students from Years 7-11, and for Year 12 also from 2017.
The teacher-librarians all teach junior English and other subjects, and act as guides to students and teachers in navigating the digital world. They do this in the library, in classrooms and through the Virtual Library. They co-ordinate digital and print resources throughout the school, and can find out almost anything.
The hub of learning is the library on each campus, plus the Virtual Library which is accessible from school, home or any location with internet access. The Virtual Library is the place to go for information when completing class projects, homework, exam revision or any other research. It contains subject guides for most VCE subjects, and aims to cover every subject in the school by 2017. It houses a number of commercial research databases such as Encyclopedia Britannica, 6 EBSCO databases, access to public and state library resources, and a wide range of links to online resources for all year levels, curated by four teacher-librarians.
The libraries provide areas for many uses – studying independently, researching class projects, quiet discussion and silent reading.
During class time, teachers can send a small group of students to work in the library. Come in during lunch and borrow a board game, a book or a computer.
Years 7-10 students may borrow 4 items. Book club members may borrow more. VCE students may borrow 7 items. Loans are generally for 14 days. Some items in demand are 4 day loans only
Before school: 8:15 – 8:45
Lunchtime: 12:55 – 1:30
After school: 3:15 – 3:45
Fiction – We have a wide range of books, arranged alphabetically.
Non Fiction – Books are arranged in Dewey decimal order. Popular books may be on overnight or 4 day loan.
Reference books – available for use in the Library, but not for loan. They include general and subject specific encyclopedias, dictionaries and atlases.
Newspapers – We have back issues of The Age and Herald Sun. Many Australian newspapers can be accessed through the school intranet. You can print, email or save the full articles you need.
Periodicals – The Library subscribes to a range of magazines. The most recent issues can be read in the library, the other issues may be borrowed.
Library Printers – Payment to purchase printing is made at the General Office. Printing costs 10c for black and 50c for colour. Internet use is free but guidelines apply
Library Guides – are collections of all kinds of digital resources, created especially for the subjects you are studying. You might come to the library to borrow books for your classwork and homework, but don’t forget to check out the library guides. You’ll find them on the library page of the College Intranet. Use them at home, at school, on the bus, at the beach!
Photocopying – is available for students in the Library. Students will need their username and password to login. The costs are the same as for printing.
Book Clubs on each campus give students the opportunity to share their enjoyment of reading with a variety of literature-related lunchtime activities. Once a year the two Book Clubs take an excursion together to a literature event in the city.
Literature Festival Each August the whole school celebrates reading and writing, with a week of author visits, writing workshops and lunchtime activities.