National Library Re-Think

Thames High is one of just 15 schools from across the country selected to help the National Library rethink how it works with schools.


Principal Dave Sim, Librarian Ruth Howes and teacher Jennifer Glenn have been in Wellington to take part in the consultation.

Mr Sim said the National Library is looking at three key areas of school services; what it lends schools following specific subject requests, how to ensure students are making the most of the National Library’s vast digital resources, and how to engage young people in reading for pleasure.

He said research from New Zealand and the UK shows that the more young people read for pleasure, the better their academic achievements are likely to be, and that’s something Thames High School is taking on board.

The group was taken on the tour of the National Library, and Mr Sim said it’s an amazing place, with huge collections of books, newspapers and documents, some stored underground, as well as an extensive catalog of digitised resources. 

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