Library and Study Hall
Our Primary and Secondary libraries are the central hubs of learning within the school, where all students and staff can meet to work and relax.
Our growing collection of resources includes nearly 4,000 fiction and non-fiction books that cater to our diverse international student body. We offer titles in English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese and Russian. In addition, our library resources are supplemented with a range of online research databases and an extensive e-book collection.
The Primary School library is designed to promote literacy development and the joy of reading with a friendly environment and an extensive collection of books. All Primary students have a minimum of one library lesson a week.
The Secondary School library is separated into the Middle School and Diploma Programme libraries. The Middle School library is a focal point in the school, where students come together to study and relax. All Middle School students have a weekly library session where they can read, do project work, and learn research skills though a range of courses offered by the library. Our DP students have their own study area where they can concentrate in a comfortable and friendly environment surrounded by all the resources they need to succeed.
All students have four to five sessions of scheduled Study Hall per week. Each session runs 45 minutes, which allows students to finish the majority of independent learning tasks. Activities like reading, individual assignments and project work might need more attention.
Study Hall is an integral part of our “learning to learn” programme. In these learning sessions, students from Grade 1—5 complete set tasks independently. Teacher assistants supervise the sessions and give support when necessary, however the focus remains on students developing and practising study skills and gaining confidence with independent learning. The length and difficulty of the tasks depend on a student’s age and ability.
For Secondary School students, Study Hall is a supervised time in which students work on their courses. Students are free to work with others on common assignments, or go to another specific teacher or work area (with the permission of the Study Hall supervising teacher) to complete specific tasks. The supervising teacher provides structure, encouragement, academic assistance, and acts as a liaison with other teachers as needed.