LEARNING RESOURCE CENTRE
Our award-winning Learning Resource Centre is located at the heart of the school and is very popular with students and staff who appreciate its calm, welcoming environment as a place for study, research and reading. It is a multi-media centre that is fully equipped with PCs, projectors and printing facilities, and is well-resourced with frequently updated books, magazines, DVDs and online resources. The LRC aims to support the academic curriculum with its wide array of resources, and to nurture students’ natural interests and well-being.
A wide range of fiction and recreational non-fiction material is available, ranging from graphic novels and autobiographies to classics, in order to encourage a lifelong love of reading. There is an emphasis on YA fiction, with best-sellers and literary award-winners regularly purchased alongside students’ individual requests. There is a very popular visit to a bookshop each year for our Year 9 students enabling them to participate in the purchase of new titles.
We offer several activities throughout the year to excite and challenge our students such as Newsday, Carnegie Shadowing, Reading Buddies, Young Writers’ competitions, Foyle Young Poet of the Year, Film and Board Games Clubs, and celebrate national events such as World Book Day and National Poetry Day with Book Swap, competitions and poetry readings. Every year we welcome an inspirational author to school and recent visitors include Matt Dickinson and Kate Wiseman.
The LRC is open throughout the school day from 9.00am until 5.00pm and is a popular place for homework after school. There is always an experienced teacher and a Library Assistant available to support students in our ‘After Hours’ homework club and this is extremely successful. During lessons, students visit as part of a class researching curriculum topics or choosing fiction through our ‘Genre of the Month’ programme which encourages readers to try new titles and become self-aware. All Year 9 students receive a full induction to the LRC in their first English lesson and sixth formers are introduced to valuable research skills. Students and staff have access to the Library Management System and are able to check, reserve and review titles within the LRC and from any networked computer in the school. With an ethos that places students at the centre of everything we do, the LRC is an integral feature of their academic and pastoral journey here at Prince Henry’s.
The 21st Christopher Tower Poetry competition is now open! Students in the UK aged 16-18 are invited to write a poem on theme of ‘The Key’. First prize is £3000, second £1500 and third £500, with three further runner-up prizes of £250. Schools of prizewinners also receive £150.
The closing date for competition entries is Noon on 1 March 2021. Entering couldn’t be easier – just go to www.chch.ox.ac.uk/towerpoetry-enter