The Library is open to everyone at break and before and after school for homework and revision.
At lunchtime the library is open to specific year groups:
Monday and Tuesday - Year 7
Wednesday - Year 8
Thursday - Years 8 and 9
Friday - KS4
The Library is situated on the first floor of the Maths/Science/English block.
These are some of our Ambassadors who range from Year 7, 8 and 9. At the moment, we have around 15 Ambassadors who were picked due to their high interest in the school library and their love of reading.
Their roles include:
Written by Tyler B on Year 8 Work Experience in the Library.
St Helens is buzzing with local libraries and has some fantastic resources and fun events on throughout the year.
Our books for December were chosen by Ella C whilst on Work Experience in the Library.
November's Books of the Month were all in celebration of Remembrance Day and 100 years since we first started marking the occassion.
October's books were the first ones in the series to start us off on our monthly adventures!
20th January 2020
This was our first visit to Parr Library with our Library Ambassadors as part of the annual Book Awards St Helens (BASH) scheme through the St Helens Library Service in the 11+ category.
The group enjoyed a range of icebreakers and games with one of the local librarians as a main group and in pairs, where they also discussed the five shortlisted BASH books in detail, using their critiquing and debating skills.
The five books are from a range of genres and authors which is a fantastic way for the students to discover new books and engage in books where they usually wouldn't do.
The shortlisted books include; Girl in the Window by Penny Joelson, Jelly by Jo Cotterill, The Boy Who Lied by Kim Slater, The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson and The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle.
The students will continue to take part in a number of workshops at the local library over the next couple of months, where they will pick the ultimate winner of the BASH books in their category.
1st - 20th December
As part of a countdown to Christmas, here at the library we decided to launch an Advent Calendar full of books! We asked Heads and Assistant Heads of Years to choose a student a day, who they believed to be most deserving to see what book was behind each door.
The winning students could then decide if they wanted to keep it for themselves to read or 'give the gift of a book' to someone they knew.
Every year, throughout their year in Year 8, students take part in Work Experience around the school in one chosen area. This year was the first time that the Library has taken part in and we had some fantastic students to help us out, who worked very hard and really enjoyed their time.
Tylor said: "I had a great time in the library for the day and found out a lot of information about libraries that I never even knew they had to do. I wanted to spend more time in there that it has made me even start going to 'Book Club' sometimes."
Leland said: "I found working in the library interesting and enjoyed organising the books and writing book reviews for other students to enjoy. I'm feel proud when I see my review on display in there."
Ella said: "I really loved my day in the library; it was so much fun learning to use the different systems of logging the books in and out. I'd do my day all over again!"
We celebrated Libraries Week 2019 with lots of activities and events at St Cuthbert's Library with this year's theme of celebrating the role libraries in a digital world. We joined the rest of the nation by showing what our much-loved library along with the innovative and diverse services and activities that we have on offer here at St Cuthbert's.
Take a look at what we did throughout the special week.
Earlier this month, the whole school took part in 'Make Your Mark'. It gives young people aged 11-18 across the UK the opportunity to get involved and have their voices heard, by helping to decide what Members of the UK Youth Parliament should debate and vote on.
During Library Week, our School Council from Years 8, 9 and 10 helped to count up the total number of votes on issues for the UK and devolved issues as well as local ones.
Some of the main issues were mental health, protecting the environment, welcoming refugees, tackling hate crime and child poverty as well as knife crime.
It was important for us, as a school, to take take part to show that voting is still so important in this digital world we now live in.
Thursday 3rd October marked the 25th Anniversary of National Poetry Day and this year’s theme was ‘Truth’.
We encouraged students to get involved themselves by sharing poems that spoke a truth to them, either ones they had written themselves or ones they like via Twitter using #TellMeTheTruthAboutLife.
We then ran a competition for the ‘Best Poem’ and narrowed it down to four finalists who battled it out with some spoken word poetry on World Mental Health Day to speak their truth. Our Winner, Ella was decided by Mrs Twist, Miss Grimes and Miss Magee and won a copy of this year’s anthology of ‘Tell Me the Truth About Life’.
Joined by the headteacher, Mrs Twist, Chair of Governors; Fr Swanson, the school librarian, Miss Magee and the head boy and girl, Ben and Lauren, Adem proudly cut the ribbon on this new learning space.
Follow more about our events @stcuthbertslibrary.
BASH (Book Awards St Helens) is the annual book award scheme run by St Helens Library Service, where children and young people are encouraged to read the latest, modern and enticing fiction, written specially for them.
Some of our students have been invited to special events in January to discuss their favourite books so far. This scheme is a fantastic opportunity for them to meet their favourite authors and continue to help them develop their love of reading.
Through the series of local library based workshops they will develop their debating skills and critique the range of BASH books, which will lead them to vote for their favourite book and choose a winner.
Each year there is a special BASH celebration event at a local library in March, when the winning title is announced by a prominent children's author.
Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, honouring one or two early saints named 'Valentinus'.
It is recognised as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world.
The theme for our 'Books of the Month' for February is 'Love and Relationships', Love People. NOT things.'
On the lead up to and on the day of World Book Day we will be celebrating all things books and reading! Keep an eye out across all of our socials and see how you can get involved.